This afternoon, by way of a little studio lighting and portraiture practice I set up the guest room with my lights and prevailed upon my youngest to sit for me. I wanted to focus in close on the eyes as opposed to taking normal full-head portraits. The shot above is the best of the lot I think. This was taken with my Sigma 105mm prime lens using a LED macro ring flash, a fill light and a backlight. I was in close for this shot so despite using f/8 there is still a very shallow depth of field. This effectively isolates the eye and lashes from the rest of her face.
The second shot was taken using the same set up but I replaced the ring flash with my Speedlight and a diffuser. I was not in quite so close this time so opted for a wider aperture to retain the shallow depth of field.
Finally I have selected a straight portrait. Maybe not the best shot but I like it as I think it has caught Ciara just being herself and not thinking too much about the camera. I should probably have increased the ISO to get a faster shutterspeed but it worked reasonably well. I opened up the aperture as far as it would go to try to retain the shallow depth of field and separate Ciara from the backdrop.
I am still struggling to work out the settings on my various flashes and how to get them to work properly with the camera, but hopefully the HNC course I am doing will help with this. At the moment I am still resorting to trial and error.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer (GIS) with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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