Very happy to show you all the portrait from the competition I ran at a talk I gave earlier in the year at the Harrogate Photographic Society. The talk involved doing a live model shoot and has been discussed in earlier posts. I presented the mounted images from my Fellowship and put the question to the audience of “which image was created with the superb Hasselblad H3Dii-31?” Well I am pleased to say that it took a number of guesses before Kathy here won. Why am I pleased you might well ask? Surely I would want the most expensive camera with the highest resolution to clearly be superior to all? Well I suppose yes and no. I, like all photographers at some time, have gone through the gear lust stage. More lenses, more megapixels, more dynamic range etc. Glad to say however that this (at least for me!) does pass and one eventually views the camera as a tool. Different jobs require different tools and so the fact that I can print to A3+ prize winning images from a medium format digital and a micro 4/3rds camera pleases me no end.
So onto this image. I believe the essence of taking a good portrait is in the preparation. What is it about your subject that they wish to portray? In this case Kathy loves this part of the world (but then Yorkshire is God’s own country so who wouldn’t?) and textiles are an important theme running through her life. Of course the last challenge relates to the fact that Kathy is of course an accomplished photographer herself – so no stress there then!
Technically this was taken with two lights (Elinchrom Rangers) plus the ambient. The day was wonderfully windy however this presented a few problems when it came to using a soft box (100cm deep octa). Not to worry though as I once read that there are hundreds of photographic assistants wherever you go just waiting to be asked. So thanks to the chap who very kindly interrupted his walk to hold my light standTouch of post processing in Silver effex pro and here we are.
Of course if you ever fancy assisting me or fancy some more formal training then please get in touch.