Angel in Black and White

I’ve been wanting to change up my shooting style, if I really have one, to try something new. Wanting to do more black and white portraiture. I was working with a friend the other day and I asked “may I do your portrait?” and of course she said yes, well she chirped back “sure,” so that’s what we did.

The only light I had with me was a SB-600, yes I still have and use it and yes it still kicks out some good light, I have a small 6X9 Impact soft-box for the light modifier, it attaches with Velcro, works great in a pinch just like this one. The stand for the SB-600 I used a tripod, I attached the mount for the speed light to the head’s plate. Positioned the tripod on the table and used the swing-arm on the tripod to position the light right above me and the camera.

I wanted to go with a white back ground so I used a piece of white expanded PVC that we had behind a wall cutter cleaned it and placed it on a cart against the wall.

After getting everything setup and the flash’s power set, it was time to go to work sorta speak. I like to talk and have a conversation with the people that I photograph, it helps to relax and keep a calm setting, even joking around can get you a nice candid shot, a moment out of the norm, or other words the images that people don’t like to show. These are a few of them. I do want to go back and get some with a larger studio light but I still like the way they turned out.

Angel Adams is a creative in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. You can learn about her here on her site here or @angeladams



Calving area of Holgate Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Alaska.

Calving area of Holgate Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Alaska.

I’m revisiting my archives, and sifting through the images from the past. I am doing this for my new portfolio/stock site, Billy Sauerland Photo.

I also recently have finally purchased Lightroom, and with this am learning some new editing procedures. I am also taking advantage of some presets that I have gotten from David duChemin via his latest book The Print and The Process. I have been a big fan of David’s for a long time. The first book I read of his was VisionMongers, and since then I have kept an eye on his site and what he is up to, for knowledge and inspiration.

Now the image above was captured while I was on a trip to Alaska, with my mother and niece. During this trip we had taken a tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park, with a local company Kenai Fjord Tours. During my recent archive diving I came across this image from that day on the water. Looking for an image that might benefit from one of the presets that I had downloaded I set to work on it. I settled on Venice Cool, then I tweaked some of the sliders a bit until I reached a point I was happy with then I exported it as a PSD then continued editing it in PhotoShop, to I had what you see above.

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