2.08.2011

A now a break in our regularly scheduled ranting to just show a portrait.


I like taking portraits better than just about anything else I do.  I was very happy to be asked to create portraits for a well respected public relations firm, late last year.  They had some fun, playful images that a photographer did for their website but they also needed something for presentations to more visually conservative clients.

I went on location to their offices to make images of their entire staff.  We scheduled two days to do about 25 people.  I used a 6x6 foot white diffusion scrim over to the subject's right side.  A 600 watt second Profoto monolight bounced into a 60 inch softlighter 2 umbrella was the light source.  It sat back about four feet from the diffusion scrim to help spread out the light.

I used a smaller Profoto monolight on the background with a small softbox mounted on the front and a layer of extra diffusion over the front of the box.  That light was set up about five feet from the background and about 20 feet behind my subject.

My fill to the opposite side was a small white card at least five feet away and sandwiched between two big black panels.  I wanted to control bounceback as much as possible.

I shot each person on both the Canon 5D2 and the Kodak SLR/n to see which one I liked better.  In most cases I liked the Kodak better.  In some cases the Canon.  But seriously, they both created files that were sharp and easy to work with.  At a certain level my preference was just a matter of taste.

I love doing portraits.  If I could choose any job in the world it would be taking portraits........

8 comments:

Frank Grygier said...

I see. Master the lighting and take time to get know your subject. The rest really doesn't matter too much. Thanks for the lesson.

J. R. said...

Which camera did you shoot the above photo with?

bill said...

Very nice. Just curious...if the backdrop is 20' behind, how large is it? 10'x10' or bigger?

kirk tuck said...

NIne feet wide and as long as you need. It's a 10 by 20 foot background...

Anonymous said...

You are the best portrait photographer I have ever seen. Please, please, please start doing workshops on this!

Daryl said...

I really think you missed an opportunity here, Kirk. You could have gaffer-taped a USAF Resolution Chart over the model's face and talked about line pairs/megadeath and important stuff like that. Instead, you just gave us some babble about lighting and stunning portrait of a stunningly beautiful woman! What up wit dat?

Bold Photography said...

That portrait is just pure yum.

Mark V said...

It is amazing the SLR/n, which was panned by many, still makes great pictures. I had one for a while and I wish I had kept it.