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By achieverswales
As you all know by now! After 30+ years owning a studio, I hate doing portraits, my friend asked if I would photograph his Son as a big favour, this is the result. I used one Nikon SB800 off camera fired by built in camera flash with defuser attached, and positioned to get a rembrant ligting effect, one white reflector to throw light back in to shadow.

Tags: Portrait Flash Boy Son Portraits and people

Voters: CarolG, barbarahirst, franken and 15 more

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CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
10 May 2011 9:18AM
An excellent portrait, Trev, wonderful light and detail in his eyes. Carol

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
10 May 2011 9:20AM
I think it works so well ... that lighting is so good
He is such a good looking lad I hope you did some without the hand ... seems to dominate his wonderful face
franken Plus
15 4.3k 4 United Kingdom
10 May 2011 10:13AM
Excellent portrait Trev.


ps, I also hate doing portraits.
10 May 2011 10:43AM
good eye detail like the lighting and the focus used GrinGrinGrin ...never done a portrait WinkTongue
Alan_Coles 11 178 11 Wales
10 May 2011 10:55AM
Great focus used and those eyes are very detailed. Agree with Barbara about the hand but I assume this is how you wanted it.

Like still life I find portraiture a little beyond my limited knowledge and on nights at camera club I see the lights getting set up and we are normally instructed what settings to use so haven't really got much of an understanding on lighting n stuff so my efforts are rather hit n miss...can appreciate though that it is not just a point n shoot exercise for those that have to do it to earn a crust.

PS Was wadered n waist deep with the camera locked onto a rock in the middle of a pool to attain detail at that should see my shakey hand held shots...they are works of abstract Grin
10 May 2011 11:40AM
Top draw portrait Trev, for me it's perfect.

10 May 2011 2:58PM
Eyes work perfectly.
10 May 2011 3:51PM
Strange how the portrait stuff allways comes back to haunt one Wink ~ Hope your friend was happy with that result.
Nice one mate
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
10 May 2011 4:02PM
Thanks everyone he had a wall portrait.


franfoto 9 2 32 England
10 May 2011 4:55PM
Pity you hate doing portraits because you are good at it looking at this one. The lighting is excellent and the boy looks very relaxed and what can I say about the eyes...captured beautifully.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
10 May 2011 5:00PM
Thanks Franfoto


Trev_B 10 151 68 England
10 May 2011 8:57PM
You cant teach these skills Trev, the quality in this shot and the details in Guy's eyes show that you have done this many times before and you are at home with studio work. Well done mate a wonderful portrait.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
10 May 2011 9:31PM
never attempted portraiture but might give it a go sometime, harder than it looks from what I see taking place at our local club - you have done good with this shot
10 May 2011 10:25PM
Trevor, You might not like taking Portraits, you you surely can. Eric.
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
10 May 2011 11:52PM
A great portrait, Trev, and the good-looking boy looks amused and natural. I don't know how you did that but it is hard to achieve.
11 May 2011 5:45AM
Excellent result Trev! i aslo hate to make portraits but i have another reason: i am not able to make nice portraits Wink
Many thanks for your friendly advice!

best wishes,
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
11 May 2011 9:08AM
Thanks everyone


PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
15 May 2011 9:16AM
You may not like doing portraits Trevor but you've made a great job of these. Thanks for the tech info too. It helps me cos I'm not great with this type of photography. paul

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