Shooting In Home Portraits

Before I had my current and small (11×15-foot) home studio, my previous home was a studio and one of my favorite places to shoot was the kitchen because it had a North-facing bay window.]

This beautiful model was posed and photographed in my kitchen using mostly available light with fill from an EX550 speedlight. Camera was an EOS 50D with EF 28-105mm lens and an exposure of 1/90 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 400.

The biggest upside of shooting portraits in your home is that it’s convenient, the downside is that sooner or later you’re photographs are all going to look the same. Moving or redecorating are expensive alternatives so the best way to make your photographs different is to make them look different in the digital darkroom.

One of the simplest and easiest ways to make a portrait like this look different (form other images made in the kitchen) is to first crop it, which I did slightly, to show the least amount of environment as possible. Then the second step was to conver it to black and white. To do this I used Topaz Lab’s BW Effects.

BW Effects includes 200 presets in eight collections, such as Traditional, Stylized, Toned, as well as classical darkroom presets for Albumen, Opalotype, Cyanotype, Platinum and Van Dyke Brown. Some presets have color capabilities that produce the digital equivalent of the classic Marshall Oil colors effect. The attractive and functional interface for this Mac OS and Windows plug-in has a menu of presets on the left-hand side with sets of controls for type on conversion, creative effects, local adjustment and finishing touches on the right-hand side.

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Joe is the author of the “Available Light Glamour Photography.” that’s available from Amazon with some of their associate vendors selling new copies for just $9.99 plus shipping.


Author: Joe Farace

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