So my friend and fellow photographer/fashion enthusiast Annie Smith recently came up to me to ask whether I wanted to do a test photoshoot, involving a few shots of her in which she will then show to her manager at tweet vintage
, a local vintage clothing store in Earlsdon to see whether I'd be up to scratch to shoot some further shots for the website!
I happily obliged and went to the local woods in Memorial Park with her, taking a multitude of shots in the process and coming out with the shots you see below.
As I have never actually done proper portraiture or any shots of the type, this came about to me as instinctive and in most cases out of pure luck, taking note of the light shining through certain patches of the woods and using that to our advantage.
During the shoot I went about with an Canon EOS 600D, using an auto ISO which ranged from around on average 100/200 and in some cases 400 at max. This minimal ISO was due to shooting in midday and looking for pockets of sun rays in the woods to shoot in, hence less noise despite the darkness of the woods.
Using a 50mm at an aperture f stop of around 2.8 - 3.5+ this allowed me to stay focused on the main subject and blur out the background whilst keeping the foreground detailed, this in turn surprisingly produced a bokeh
effect at certain points where the highlighting and sun was most prominent and the use of a larger aperture and shallow depth of field seemed to of produced this.
At times using manual focus in order to get the focal points right and also at certain points switching from one shot to AI servo, why I did that I have no idea and didn't really see any difference during post processing.
Speaking of post-processing I now know why many professional photographers often have their cameras hooked up to an iPad device or some external visual such as a laptop. This is because photos certainly look a heck of a difference on the big screen, coming home I found this out the hard way, with certain shots being slightly blurred and focus often off the subject I wanted it on. Guess next time I need to see where my AF spots are as well as perhaps practice using manual AF.
During finalization and post-processing I tried to keep edits as minimal as possible, often only applying local exposure and dark tone scaling changes as well as from time to time adjusting luminance. Filters such as black & white, sepia and split toning were also used with a side of vignetting on some photos with minimal feathering.
All in all it was a fun and quick test shoot to see what I could do when thinking in the portrait manner, though minimal effort was put in on my side in my opinion.
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