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Posts Tagged ‘photo tips’

Eyes Up!

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In most of my headshots and portraits, I’ll ask the person to look straight into the camera lens. This encourages engagement of the viewer of the photograph. We can look at the picture and have a sense that the subject is looking back at us and connecting with us is some way.

But there many other approaches to the eyes. In a recent studio shoot with Sandra, an aspiring model, I asked her in this image to look up at the ceiling, directly over the camera. This opened up and showed off her beautiful eyes. Also, when a person looks up, there can be an unconscious message of hope, optimism, looking into the future – or all three. Especially with Sandra’s natural smile, there is a positive vibe about the photograph. And, as viewers, even though Sandra is not looking directly at the lens, we can relate to her and imagine what she’s thinking and feeling.

How do you react to this picture? I’d love to hear from you – either by email or a post to the blog.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

“Oil Painting” in Photoshop

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I’m fascinated by the intersection of artistic painting and photography, especially in portraits. Much of my work is informed by paintings. See, for example my recent blog post, Inspired by a Painting.

Here’s a short TED video about an amazing artist who does full body painting of her subjects, then photographs them:

When Painting Comes to Life.

In my own work, I’ve begun to experiment with using a filter in Photoshop called Oil Painting. Pictured above is an image of Elena, an aspiring model. And below, the same portrait with the oil painting effect applied.

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This may look strange, unflattering, weird – or perhaps engaging is some way. Well, let me know what you DO think about it. I purposely laid the effect on pretty thick (no pun intended) so you could see clearly how it looks.

Below is a detail of the “painted” version.  I’ll be doing more of this work along the way. Stay tuned!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Dance Extravaganza!

_DSC6967-EditOne of the highlights of the Darien performing arts year is the Darien Arts Center Dance Show, put on each October. This year, there were something like 18 different numbers, covering ballet, modern dance, hip hop, Indian Bollywood and other genres.

 

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I had the privilege of photographing the dress rehearsal again this year. It’s a thrill to see how much fun the adult and youth dancers have putting on this show. Everyone’s enthusiasm was infectious.

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Photographing a dance performance is difficult – I have so much respect for photographers who specialize in this work and do it well. They have to deal with poor lighting, strange lighting colors and fast moving subjects. Contrast that to my work in the studio where I have perfect lighting, colors I can control, and subjects that generally sit still !

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For those of you who are interested in the technical details – I shot these images at ISO 4000. This produced some “noise” which I was able to reduce or eliminate in Photoshop Lightroom.

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The other camera settings were generally: 1) manual mode, 2) shutter speed 1/800th of a second, 3) aperture F4.5, and 4) continuous focus.

_DSC7387-EditTo steady the camera, I used a monopod. A tripod would have been difficult, as the action moved so quickly. It would have been helpful to attend a rehearsal before the dress rehearsal, so I had some idea of the choreography and thus could anticipate the moves. This year, I was not able to do that, and so had to guess a bit as to where the action was going to be.

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Congrats to all on a fabulous show!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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