How I Got The Shot #4

Mar 9th, 2016

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Category: Collaborations

How I Got The Shot #4

On the 4th installment of “How I Got The Shot”, we have a photo of Maggie. This was a collaboration shoot with HMUA (Hair & Makeup Artist) Omar Perez. This was shot outside in 16th and whatever street. There are plenty of background spaces there. Omar and Maggie wanted photos for their portfolios. Omar was a great asset to this venture. You can find him on Facebook.

Things used in this photo:
Nikon D800
Lens: 80-200 f2.8
Nikon sb600 Speedlight
Westcott 26inch Rapid Octabox with beauty dish attachment

In this photo you can tell by the background that it was in the late evening around dinnertime. The sun was beginning to set behind the tress. I had my Octabox placed on camera left right outside of the frame. I had the sb600 around half power because it was shooting through the beauty dish and the light diffuser on the front. By using the beauty dish and front diffuser placed about 10ft away from her it allowed the light to spread out and cover a wide area. I was able to produce a soft smooth light the makes her skin looks as if the light was painted on. If you look closely she has round catch lights in her eyes and they are on the left side of her pupils. This from the flash and allows her to look alive. Though the lipstick is a dark matted color the flash was able to bring it our a little more. I didn’t want too shallow depth of field because I wanted to retain the detail from her eyes to her shoes.

Camera settings were:
Shutter speed 1/160th of a second
F4.0 (I could’ve used f3.5 of f3.2)
ISO 800



By using the speedlight and light modifier I was able to accomplish this look. Maggie has a unique ethnic look that comes across very appealing and attractive to the eye. The heels and short accentuates the legs giving them a more statuesque appearance. This photo though it was a good time of day could be easily reproduced with the same or better equipment.


This photo was created by:
Awesome hair and makeup person
Empty porch
Time of day
And a great look


Thank you for reading. Feel free to ask specific questions if you want to know more about “How I Got The Shot.”


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