I've seen many a good portrait technique article in the various magazines over the years that show what excellent results can be achieved with a simple black sheet and natural daylight. This attempt by myself is a result of finally being inspired to try it.
A black sheet pinned to the ceiling and one light source (the bedroom window) with no refelctors. I used the camera's monochrome setting, not something I usually do but the light wasn't all that great and I know my poor little Fuji (bless its digital heart) doesn't cope all that well with noise in lowlight colour images. Centre-weighted metering taken from the subjects face.
Post processing required little more than a slight curves adjustment to improve contrast and darken the background a little more as well as a few minor incidents of blemish removal.
The subject is my fiance' and I was hoping to capture her in a way that would display her strong character and steadfastness along with her soft caring and gentle side that I see in her every day. I like to think I've succeeded.
If there is one thing that niggles me about the image it's the loose strands of hair protruding from her chin. Easy to remove from the black background, but a little more delicate clone work would be required for the strands that continue on over the hair that covers her shoulder.
|Camera:||Fuji S9600 |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|