This picture was shot earlier this year and Boris was kind enough to be my sparring partner for this shooting.
Boris has a charisma, so if you think he does not look good on the picture above, I am the one to blame. Getting better is only possible with practice and constructive criticisms. So the idea of this blog today is to take a shot and to kill it. The shot, not the model. 🙂
First I would like to say what I like in this shot. I like the fact Boris in centered in the shot. I also like the fact that there is a separation between Boris and the background. There are different ways to get this you can combine. Here 2 ways are combined : I blurred the background by using a fast ƒ (4 or 5,6) + Boris is brighter than the black and colored-by-sticks wall. I like the light coming up from his desk. Actually this is a speedlight with an orange gel, one of those you get for peanuts in DJ-stores. I also like the fact you almost can see the text of the memos behind him. Thank this, the message becomes clear : we are in an office and this head shot is a so-called Corporate shot. I love drama and high contrast. My buddy Raphael think I shouldn’t push this too far and I guess he is right. This shot is on the edge. But it does not cross the line in my opinion. The light has a very fast fall off and which is typical for desk lamps, so it works here. The flip side of this lighting is it may be a little underexposed.
So now, what is not ok
- the collar is too bright
- the blueish hue coming from the right (window, natural light) should be brighter.
- No strong expression. But it also can be interpreted as self-confidence. But then it would have been stronger in the way you don’t ask your self it is this or that.
- Maybe Boris should be on the third line ( rule of third) on the right side.
Guys, fell free to write 5., 6. … in the comment field below.
more to come…