Mar 182011

My homework for my portrait class this week was to take one or two shots of a subject by a window. I talked Mary into being my subject and even managed to coerce Katy into holding a reflector and my flash. I kind of broke a “rule” of positioning the face (though I won’t say what it is) but I was fighting quite a bit to keep the shadows from the tree and the frame of the window from hitting her face in the wrong places and getting the reflector in the right place to keep light on her hair.

Katy is holding the reflector about 12 to 18 inches away from Mary’s hair and directing the flash to bounce into it. The reflector is mostly silver but has gold stripes all over it to give it a warm tone to get close the the setting sun coming through the window. Post processing was mostly limited to Portrait Professional to handle skin smoothing (I never thought about the screen on the window putting lines on her face but sure enough, it did!) and some subtle adjustments to her eyes and lips.

Oct 312010

My youngest dressed up as a witch for Halloween. Here are a couple of shots I took of her. I wish I could have had just a little more separation of the hat from the background, but that’s the best I could do with the lighting I have available.

I like them both, but I have a preference for the first one.