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.
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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.