So this time we thought we should show a quick way of using some light sources which are easily found. Combine that with a reflector and you are ready to go. We started by placing Hannah sitting away from the natural light source- good way of getting some hair light. We had a fluorescent strip light at my work so we decided to use that as our main source for the pic. Throw in a relector on the floor or get the model to hold it. You should be able to bounce some of the light from outside and the fluorescent back onto the shadow side of your subject.
I need to say that I did a lousy job of bouncing the light. Although Hannah looks great I have a funny harsh shadow on the camera right side of her face. If I was paying attention and not rushing I should have picked this up. Simple to fix by getting hannah to move position slightly.
I decided to just use the Leica Q set to 50mm. This crops in on the sensor to give me a 50mm f/1.7 equivalent focal length. Shooting RAW of course (you still have the whole frame which the prime 28 has to offer).
For post production, I have a very quick and uninspiring noob workflow. Basically I do the following...
- Basic adjustments (white balance, blacks/whites, clarity, vibrancy) Lens correction, level the image, then saved as a TIFF.
- Photoshop, clean up the image, sculpt (maybe) skin, eyes saved as a TIFF.
- Into Exposure 7 I simply add the Kodak Portra 400 preset.
- Back into Lightroom exported out as WEB LARGE or Photoscape saved as a jpg.
Above is the gradual changes of my four simple stage Post Production process. Below is a bigger example of the end result...
So there you have it. A back-to-basics way to use whatever light source you may have available for a quick and easy portrait.