Monday, February 3, 2014

A beauty portrait with the Fuji X-E2

This photo of the model shows her with the camera and lens I used to take most of the portraits in the shoot. Taken with a Nikon D4 and 85mm f/1.4 lens with the model completely backlit in front of a window with reflectors filling in from the front.
After finishing up a day of lifestyle shooting with one model, I took a little time to take some beauty portraits of her using the Fuji X-E2 with the 35mm Fuji lens, and Leica 50mm Summilux.  All the shots were taken using natural window light. For the two photos below where the models face is lit directly, I placed her in a door opening that allowed a little of the window light to hit just the front of her face, while the background went completely dark. The reddish close-up was lit differently. A description of its lighting is contained in the caption.

For the reddish close-up I used a Leica 50mm Summilux lens, in all the others a Fuji 35mm.

In this situation the model was placed in front of a window similar to where she is in the top photo where she is holding the camera, except that a large, black flat was placed directly behind her to provide a dark background. A large silver/gold reflector was placed to camera left, just behind the model so that it provided a rim lighting to her cheek.  A small tungsten lamp was also added behind her to create a flare and add the warm coloring. The bright catch light in the models eye was added by holding a small silver card in front of her to reflect a bit of the light into her eye.

1 comment :

  1. Beautiful work. Made all the more impressive by the fact that it uses natural light.