Portrait Wednesday: Pamela with LEDs

With Wordy Wednesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s 1988 book Burning Cold 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 weeks I’ll be show-casing a diff-erent image of her that was made over the five years I’ve work-ed with Pam showing 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 its color would be from shoot-to-shoot. This time it was blue although in the portrait it appears purple.

Today’s image is from our fourteenth portrait session together that was held on June 20, 2014 and was made using two LED light sources. The main light was a Rotolight Anova, that years later failed and I’m currently waiting for its replacement—an Anova Pro BI-S Bi-Color. It was placed at camera right and a Rotolight LED RL-48 light was placed behind her with a blue gel. She was photographed against a Savage Economy Background Support Stand with White and Black Backdrops, with the black backdrop in use.

Camera used was Panasonic Lumix GH4 with M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens with an exposure of 1/80 sec at f/2 and ISO 800. Image was processed using the Color Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-ins now available from DxO.

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 9.13.43 AMIf you’re interested in shooting portraits and how I use cameras, lenses and lighting in my in-home studio, please pick up a copy of Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from Amazon.com with, as I write this, new Prime copies selling for $25.13 as I write this, with used copies at $15.35.

Author: Joe Farace

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