Friday, April 25, 2014

Dogs are convenient props

Being natural in front of the camera is not easy, and using a prop helps to relax and to find a good position. With pets/dogs, this is even easier, and they are very useful to break the ice and to facilitate the portrait sesion. It also helps if they are well trained, like this one, so I can command him to lower the right ear not to inferere with the subject's face.

This portrait with a PLM at camera right, manual mode, and the lens tilted to have only the face in focus.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Focus on the essential

I kinda start linking quite a lot the selective focus of the tilt/shift lenses for portrait. Trying not to create the "miniature" effect, it brings all the attention to the face, leaving the rest of the frame to a painterly summary of the environment.

This shot at sun setting, a perfect spring afternoon with some clouds on the background.