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By delboy1145
Shot at a local studio night shot in raw, colours tweaked and then covered to jpeg

Tags: Portraits and people Katana Samurai sword

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17 1.5k 1811 England
3 Feb 2016 2:10PM
Well worth the studio time, I'd say.

One of the benefits of the more pedestrian approach in the Sixties was the prevalence of TLRs and medium-format SLRs with waist-level viewfinders. This always gave a good point of view, and flattering perspective on the model - looking up at the face, and avoiding poor perspective on the legs. Using a longer than standard lens also helps, if there's room (my measure of a roomy studio is being able to shoot full length pictures with an 85mm lens however tall the model is, and even if her hands are high in the air...)

Live view and tilting screens make shooting from waist level viable again (especially with cameras offering a square crop): my own solution is that I have a pair of knee protectors so that going low doesn't cripple me the following day, even when using my lovely-but-outdated Alpha 900.

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