As I’ve said before, taking awesome portraits is my most difficult challenge. I try my hardest, there are so many variable to a great composed portrait that I have a long way to go before I’m completely comfortable. The knowledge I have working with me revolves around lighting, contrast, proper framing and an artistic eye. What I don’t know are all the techniques to making humans look their best. I’ll keep working at it.
1 – Aurora – Rexburg, ID 10/15/10 – f/3.9, 1/320, ISO 400 – Nikon S70
Aurora has been my first attempt to portraits of children. She did an awesome job posing for me. This shot was the cutest that I was able to get. All the adjusting that I did to this photo were done in Camera Raw. Because I was editing human skin, the colors and softness were my main focus. I first fixed the White Balance, adjusted the exposure contrast, saturation and clarity. With the clarity slider, I brought the intensity down so that Aurora’s skin would look soft and baby like. Then I adjusted the colors for the desired composition and added a slight vignette to ad focus.
2 – Hotel Window -Bannack, MT 09/29/10 – f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 800 – SONY A100
This shot of Marissa turned out better than I thought I could get it. The challenge I had with this photo was it was shot at ISO 800 with a cheap camera so the noise was out of control. But with Camera Raw I was able to use the luminance slider to get rid of the noise and soften Marissa’s complexion at the same time. The other adjustments that I made were similar to the one I made with Aurora.
3 – The Leaches – Rexburg, ID 10/15/10 – f/3.9, 1/125, ISO 400 – Nikon S70
Aren’t they cute? Once again I made all my adjustments in Camera Raw. All the same adjustments as with Aurora and Marissa.
4 – The Crossroads – Rexburg, ID 10/19/10 – f/2.8, 1/40, ISO 400 – SONY H50
This shot was more up my alley. I’ve been shooting for BYU – Idaho’s campus newspaper, the Scroll, for 5 consecutive semesters, so shooting a shot of someone in their environment was no problem. All the same adjustments in Camera Raw expect for in this photo I needed to paint some light on the subjects face because it was not very well lighten up.