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My world behind the camera is usually Landscapes and Cityscapes but if you have been following my work over the last few years you have seen me dive deeper into working with people. It was an unknown area for me for a long time, many early tries I found myself very unhappy with what I created but I keep stabbing at it hoping I can find a way to make it work. Just like my other work, I push myself to figure out how to make things work and come out right. The last half of 2013 it all finally clicked and I am finally starting to see the results that I have been chasing for a while now.
One of my favorite people to work with is Reagan Collett. He is only one of two male models I have ever worked with and let’s just say he makes my side of things easy. He has so many looks that the shoots with him are never boring and the final product comes out so close to perfect that it makes me excited to set up more future shoots with him.
This latest session with him, taken back in November he presented me with 4 different looks. This latest photo I am sharing is the last of the looks, I have now processed one of each but I have so many more from a few of the looks that I can still edit. A good model makes it easy to find so many great pics and the bad part with that is narrowing down to only a few good ones. Not that it is a bad thing, just tough to pick out the best of the best with so much good work.
This particular photo, as with the others of Reagan, took very minimal editing. I cropped it a bit, there was a bit too much white space behind him that bothered me. I cleaned up his eyes a bit, removed all notice of any piercing holes and then converted to B&W with Nik Silver Efex. That’s it, the rest was perfect in my book and no other work was needed. The setup for this shot was pretty simple as well, a white cloth as the backdrop. One Adorama SS-100M Monolight with a Fotodiox 48″ Octo Softbox in front and off to his right a bit (roughly 45 degrees) and the other Adorama SS-100M Monolight with a barn door behind him to the left to wash out the background. Front Monolight was 50% power while the rear one was 100% power. Camera settings were f/8 ISO 100 1/160s using a Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens.
That’s it, there is a little background on the work I did with Reagan on “Many Faces”, be sure to keep an eye out for much more portrait work during 2014. It’s my goal to make this year the year of many portraits.