Wonderful weather pattern we’re in right now. I’m looking forward to the -20 plus degrees tomorrow night. It could be worse and if you live in the Midwest during the Winter months what more can we expect. Jeanne and I had a wonderful time at the Chamber Gala this past Friday night. It was a very nice event and it afforded me the opportunity to take portraits of all attendees (those who wanted them) as part of their evening package.
Portrait photography, as is the case with all types of photography comes with its own challenges. I can’t remember the last time I set up my lights and did a formal portrait shoot so like anything you forget things and have to get in a rhythm. That being said I was overall very happy with my images.
The image above is of a wonderful couple. She is on the board with me at the Chamber and I just met her husband the night of the Gala. They were great subjects and one day I might talk them into a more lengthy session. I basically did a two and through session with everyone. I had people stand on a predetermined mark and shot two images of them. A quick look at the LCD screen to make sure eyes were open and then on to the next. So they are not perfect but again I’m pretty happy with them.
I shot everyone against a green screen background. That presents its own challenges but I like to use it sometimes because I can use any type of back ground to insert behind it that I choose. The image above is of the same couple pretty much like it came out of the camera. Photoshop and some of the plug-ins that you can buy for Photoshop do a pretty good job on a green screen background so that’s why I continue to use it. I could tell you a nightmare story of the fist portrait shoot I did with a green screen. OMG it was terrible I don’t even like looking at those images. 🙂
Another type of background on this image. This lady was presented with the Volunteer of the year award. She is one of those individuals that really gets involved in the community and works hard to improve it. I may post some more of these images as I get them processed. I spend about 20 – 40 minutes on an image getting it ready. It’s a lot of work but I enjoy working in Photoshop almost as much as I do taking the image so I don’t see it as work at all.
Enjoy your day and stay warm. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Be careful.