Open Photography Forums  
HOME FORUMS NEWS FAQ SEARCH

Go Back   Open Photography Forums > Photography Discussions > Studio, Portrait, Still Life, Lighting Equipment and Technique

Studio, Portrait, Still Life, Lighting Equipment and Technique Continuous and Strobe Lighting. (The Sun is considered continuous!) Great ideas are really ten a penny! Technique in setting up the subject is, of course, essential. However, the ability to bring out form, texture, tonality and color is where the skill in lighting provides all the keys to engraving one's ideas on the delivered picture.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old April 27th, 2008, 01:43 AM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 34,769
Smile Challenge: "The Cherished Portrait of a Child" 6yrs-16yrs Studio lit. Post your best!

The Cherished Child Portrait

Do you have pictures you have taken of children with something of their special nature, charm, character or aspect that is so quintessential of how they seemed to be? This is a case where the photographer must establish the safe milieu, lighting and rapport to allow the child to be comfortable.

So free that that something of their personality shows.

We all can take snapshots. Some may be prizewinners for sure. Here, however, we are looking for images, which, by bringing out character so well, might perhaps escape the particular and resonate with all of us.

Who knows, we might even get some photograph that is iconic! However, that is not the goal. Just pictures you are proud of or else want help with. Perfection is not a necessity, just feelings! Composition does not have to be classical, but then feel free to address that if this seems important to you. Lighting does not have to be uniform.

This challenge is "Open" meaning a portrait that is free from "The Rules", just know what rules you are breaking and give your best!

Good luck!

Asher
__________________
Follow us on Twitter at @opfweb

Our purpose is getting to an impressive photograph. So we encourage browsing and then feedback. Consider a link to your galleries annotated, C&C welcomed. Images posted within OPF are assumed to be for Comment & Critique, unless otherwise designated.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old April 27th, 2008, 02:05 AM
Will Thompson Will Thompson is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Near the "Out House" of the Mouse (Disneyland)
Posts: 828
Default

Hi Asher, Here are two that come to mind.


85MM f1.2L 1/250 f3.5 ISO 50 1DsMKII


85MM f1.2L 1/250 f4.0 ISO 50 1DsMKII
__________________
Will T.

"Galleries don't hang DxO charts" David Hull
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old April 27th, 2008, 02:43 AM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 34,769
Default

Hi Will,

Thanks fro bravely jumping in! Yes, I've always loved both these images. Both fit in well. Could you share your lighting? It seems pretty even.

Asher
__________________
Follow us on Twitter at @opfweb

Our purpose is getting to an impressive photograph. So we encourage browsing and then feedback. Consider a link to your galleries annotated, C&C welcomed. Images posted within OPF are assumed to be for Comment & Critique, unless otherwise designated.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old April 27th, 2008, 07:42 AM
David A. Goldfarb David A. Goldfarb is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: New York, New York
Posts: 236
Default

May I push the age limit back a bit?

Here's the most formal portrait I've made of Melchi, aged just short of 6 weeks.--



It was a good time for studio portraits, before he started moving around too much. Now I do mainly candids, because I want to show what kinds of things he's doing, and it's harder to keep him from walking over to the tripod to see what daddy's doing.

I didn't want to use strobes and we had good window light, so I just set him up in his bouncer seat and oriented it at an attractive angle to the light--a little broader than Rembrandt style. I was using a soft lens, which benefits from harder light, so I didn't use a reflector.

The lens is the 205mm combination from a Busch Vademecum Set II--a seven element nineteenth-century lens set that can be combined in different ways for different focal lengths--that I've had mounted in a Copal Press #1 shutter, so it has a wider maximum aperture than it was designed to have, which makes it possible to get this diffused effect. I'm at f:8 in this shot, and if I remember correctly, Melchi was good enough to hold still for 1/15 sec, or maybe 1/8.

The camera is an 8x10" Sinar P with a 4x5" reducing back and a 4x5" sliding back. The film is Polaroid Type 55 P/N, and the scan is from the negative.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old April 27th, 2008, 04:37 PM
Rachel Foster Rachel Foster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 3,574
Default

Taken last August or September...still my two best portraits.



Age seven.




Age eleven.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old April 27th, 2008, 04:49 PM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 34,769
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
May I push the age limit back a bit?

Here's the most formal portrait I've made of Melchi, aged just short of 6 weeks.--


I like this portrait of Melchior as it really uses well the qualities of the round white top baby crib/seat and the eventual round softness of the lens to highlight at the center his eyes. The 205mm lens works well with the 4x5 reduction back. I intend to do the same with my PS 945 Cooke lens on the Chamonix 8x10 with it's 4x5 reducing back. Just a very non-cheap way of doing the sane physical thing.

Have you stocked up on Polaroid or you will just switch to Fuji?



Rachel,

This is a good contribution. Kudos! Your portraits are ahead of you river! I think because you might be more used to looking at people!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rachel Foster View Post
Taken last August or September...still my two best portraits.



Age seven.




Age eleven.
I like them both. The first is most impressive. What lighting did you use and what camera and lens...just for the record!

Asher
__________________
Follow us on Twitter at @opfweb

Our purpose is getting to an impressive photograph. So we encourage browsing and then feedback. Consider a link to your galleries annotated, C&C welcomed. Images posted within OPF are assumed to be for Comment & Critique, unless otherwise designated.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old April 27th, 2008, 05:06 PM
David A. Goldfarb David A. Goldfarb is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: New York, New York
Posts: 236
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Asher Kelman View Post
Have you stocked up on Polaroid or you will just switch to Fuji?
Alas, the current Fuji offerings don't substitute for the Polaroid products I use--Type 55 positive/negative and Type 809 8x10" color.

Ilford is talking with Polaroid about making a replacement for Type 55, but meanwhile I'm using monobath processing as a way to get a quick negative with something of the look of a Type 55 neg. After experimenting with monobaths a bit, I'm coming to realize that monobath processing (developer and fixer in one solution) was as important to the Type 55 look as the emulsion of the film, which was a version of the otherwise discontinued Kodak Panatomic-X. I can also process any format this way, which is an interesting thing. Monobaths were one method of proofing before Polaroid.

It would be great if Fuji could come up with replacements for Polaroid 4x5" and 8x10" sheet films. I gather something is in the works to keep 20x24" Polaroid alive, and I'd assume that would involve Fuji, and if they could do that, 8x10" would be a possibility. For 4x5" sheet films, they would need to take the 4x5" pack films that they make currently and repackage them in single envelopes like Quickloads, which are similar to the Polaroid 4x5" sheet film packets.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old August 1st, 2014, 10:37 AM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 34,769
Default

Bump for kids portraits!!!!
__________________
Follow us on Twitter at @opfweb

Our purpose is getting to an impressive photograph. So we encourage browsing and then feedback. Consider a link to your galleries annotated, C&C welcomed. Images posted within OPF are assumed to be for Comment & Critique, unless otherwise designated.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:20 AM.


Posting images or text grants license to OPF, yet of such remain with its creator. Still, all assembled discussion 2006-2017 Asher Kelman (all rights reserved) Posts with new theme or unusual image might be moved/copied to a new thread!