Portrait Wednesdays: Using an LED Ringlight

“I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they’re sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun.”—Clara Bow

With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson.

Over the next who-knows-how-many Wednesdays I will be showcasing a different image of her that was made over the five years that I’ve photographed Pam showcasing her many, many different looks in many different styles.

One of the delights of working with Pam was never knowing what her hair style or even color would be from shoot-to-shoot. And I must admit this Clara Bow-esque haircut was a surprise.

Today’s image is from our fourth portrait session on December 19, 2012 and Pam is wearing a retro blouse and photographed against one of one of Silverlake Photo’s amazing Colorsmacks background. It was shot using an LED ringlight. Camera was a Canon EOS 60D with an EF-85mm f/1.8 lens with an exposure of 1/60 sec at f/1.8 and ISO 400. Image was processed using the Color Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-in.

Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Cold is long out of print but used copies are available from Amazon for prices as low as $8.21, as I write this. Ms. Simpson is featured on the front cover and inside pages of my book Posing for Portrait & Glamour Photography. New copies of my book are available, as I wrote this, for $14.75 from Amazon—even cheaper than used.

Author: Joe Farace

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