I’m really enjoying learning how to shoot portraits. A number of my friends have been willing subjects who are helping me tune my craft. Any constructive feedback is always appreciated.
These were shot against a white projection screen with a Canon 5D MkII, a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at ~105-150mm, a 60″ Photek Softlighter II Umbrella as the key light, a Speedlite and umbrella as the hair light, and a couple of softboxes lighting the backdrop. I used “Google’s” Nik Collection to do editing and pre- and post-sharpening. In particular, I found Viveza’s “control points” very successful in reducing the “structure” of David’s shirt to help hide some of the wrinkles. The 70-200 is quite sharp at f/8 (made even more so by Reikan’s FoCal software), but I found the sharpening offered by the Nik Collection to be very helpful.
As I am also growing my these are things I work on. Always watch people with oily skin’s Tzones – her left cheek and bridge and remove draw them back. Lastly the crop should be consistent. On the guy’s pull the crop in and lower to get of the dead space on the right to see how it looks. If you look at the first one it’s very flat, and the 2nd it has contrast and dimension. (that’s all personal style.)