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Last night a few of my friends came over to drink some ciders and hang out, and as usual I convinced one of them to let me dress them and sit for some portraits. Caleb is someone who doesn't see himself as photogenic. Obviously I disagree. I think he's very handsome and has an intensity that translates really well into a portrait. I love photographing my friends more than anything or anyone else. Not only are the photos special to me, but seeing them have an emotional response to the photos because they make them feel good about themselves means a lot to me.

These were lit using a single Neewer S101-400 with a 24 inch octabox, and photographed using a Canon 5D MKIII with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens and a Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 lens. The backdrop is a cheap cloth backdrop I got on Amazon for $35, and honestly I'm surprised with how much I'm liking it for studio portraits.




Oct 17, 2022 at 12:16 AM
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Very nice work Daniel!


Oct 17, 2022 at 06:59 AM
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I really like the horizontal (#1). I like the broad Rembrandt lighting on both. I think that relationship you have with your subjects comes through in your portraits. I always enjoying seeing your work.


Oct 17, 2022 at 07:19 AM
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Daniel, The expression in #1 with the highlight to shadow ratio of #2 would have been perfection - IMO. Otherwise, they are two excellent, beautifully lit portraits.
Jim



Oct 17, 2022 at 08:30 AM
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Great work here Daniel!
Your lighting is always dead on!

Dan



Oct 17, 2022 at 09:03 AM
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story_teller wrote:
Very nice work Daniel!


Thank you!



Oct 17, 2022 at 11:02 PM
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airfrogusmc wrote:
I really like the horizontal (#1). I like the broad Rembrandt lighting on both. I think that relationship you have with your subjects comes through in your portraits. I always enjoying seeing your work.


Thank you. The horizontal one was my favorite one from the shoot; I feel like that one really showcases some feeling and connection .



Oct 17, 2022 at 11:04 PM
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James Markus wrote:
Daniel, The expression in #1 with the highlight to shadow ratio of #2 would have been perfection - IMO. Otherwise, they are two excellent, beautifully lit portraits.
Jim


Thanks James. I agree with you. Caleb had leaned a bit in towards the light in that shot, but regardless I still feel that shot was the best of the bunch.



Oct 17, 2022 at 11:05 PM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Great work here Daniel!
Your lighting is always dead on!

Dan


Thank you so much Dan.



Oct 17, 2022 at 11:09 PM
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I also think he's very handsome and has an intensity that translates really well into a portrait.
These portraits stand out to me because of their simplicity. You've encouraged that handsomeness and intensity to speak for themselves, and the result is amazing!



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Really like your lighting here!


Oct 18, 2022 at 02:08 PM
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Oscarsmadness wrote:
I also think he's very handsome and has an intensity that translates really well into a portrait.
These portraits stand out to me because of their simplicity. You've encouraged that handsomeness and intensity to speak for themselves, and the result is amazing!


Thank you so much! I love me some complicated lighting setups, but my favorite shots alway tend to be the simplest ones. I like the strong focus that a single light puts directly on the features of a portrait subject.



Oct 18, 2022 at 11:21 PM
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friscoron wrote:
Really like your lighting here!


Thank you so much Ron.



Oct 18, 2022 at 11:21 PM
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Well done! Another example that you don't have to spend a fortune to achieve excellent results. Thanks for sharing.


Oct 23, 2022 at 07:18 AM
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rntbot wrote:
Well done! Another example that you don't have to spend a fortune to achieve excellent results. Thanks for sharing.


Thanks! As someone who is chronically poor, it's important for me to be able to make the most out of the least.

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Oct 23, 2022 at 11:36 AM
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Both of these are very well done, but the first image is quite special.

Derek



Oct 23, 2022 at 01:23 PM
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Dneufarth wrote:
Both of these are very well done, but the first image is quite special.

Derek


Thank you so much Derek. I agree, the first is the standout for me.



Oct 25, 2022 at 12:19 AM
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I don't see myself as photogenic, would you please make my portrait too?

Very very nice photos!



Oct 25, 2022 at 09:10 AM
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Lupin 3rd wrote:
I don't see myself as photogenic, would you please make my portrait too?

Very very nice photos!

I hear that a lot and I always take it as a personal challenge to prove them wrong. Thank you.



Oct 25, 2022 at 05:36 PM
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Very nice.

Your lighting, etc., is close to the look I enjoy for men. I tend to use two lights a lot, but your samples have me curious to add more one light photos when I shoot portraits again indoor.

I used to have a 5D mk ii and a 5D mk iii. I'm curious if you've tried the 5DS R. The controls are mostly identical to the 5D mk iii.



Oct 31, 2022 at 07:15 PM
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