Portrait Wednesdays: Keeping Up with Pam

With Wordy Wednesdays running for 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 show-ing 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 back to being blonde although shorter than in some other shoots.

Today’s image is from our sixteenth portrait session together that was held on March 24, 2014. Like  most of our shoots together this one was for publication and was a test of the Westcott 2-Light Daylight D5 Softbox Kit. The kit includes two D5 light heads, two 24×32-inch Basic softboxes, ten 27-Watt daylight-fluorescent lamps and two 6.5-foot lightstands. The softboxes have a reflective silver lining to maximize output with heat-resistant rods that mount on receptacles on the D5’s head.

For this catalog style shot of Pamela Simpson wearing a TAKU tee shirt, one of West-cott’s 24×32-inch soft-boxes was placed at camera right with only three of the internal FLD lamps turned on. The second light was at camera left and slightly behind the subject, with all five bubs illuminated.

This image was made with a Panasonic Lumix GH4 and Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 lens. Even with the main light using only three of the daylight fluorescent bulbs, exposure was 1/80 sec at f/4 and ISO 640. The Image file 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 $18.55.

Author: Joe Farace

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