Sophie portrait - Why I love this photograph

Sophie headshot portrait

Sophie headshot portrait

Camera:  Canon 5DMKII
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Focal Length:  50mm
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Exposure:  1/160


I love this photograph for a number of reasons, not all related to the actual photograph itself.

In terms of the image itself, I like the background, which was achieved with a wall painted neutral grey upon which was pointed a continuous light fitted with a green gel. It was placed at ground level pointing up which gives that nice, natural vignette. It reminds me of a Platon photograph.

The model was lit with a soft box above and three reflectors below. Another gelled fill light provided a subtle 2nd colour on Sophie's hair and skin.

All of this was achieved with the help of Chris Ord at XtraORDinary Photography

The main reason I like this photo, though, is not for what it is, but what it represents. It's me pushing myself and my photography.

I have shot very few times in a studio, and I rarely work with models, so I was right outside my comfort zone. I was even shooting at f/11 and I normally have a nosebleed if I shoot above f/4!

I don't know whether studio photography is really for me, but I'm glad I gave it a shot, and I'm sure that it will inform the types of photography I will pursue in the future. And who knows, maybe I'll discover I really do love studio photography after all!