Here is a small selection of the pictures I shot in Bristol on Tuesday’s Urban Portrait workshop. My workshops are limited to just 4 delegates so we all have the opportunity to shoot each frame.
After the heavy rain throughout the day the skies broke to reveal a welcome patch of blue. Lit with a zoomed in Speedlight mounted on a stand. Canon 5D, ISO 250, f/22 at 1/160th sec, 45mm focal length, manual exposure.
Taken while sheltering from the horizontal rain. Canon 5D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/50th sec, 160mm lens, manual exposure mode. The camera was on a monopod.
Exposure settings as above.
I used Photoshop to add the blue tinge to the blacks and the subtle complementary golden tone to the highlights. Canon 5D, ISO 250, f/8, 1/60th sec, program exposure with minus 2 stops of exposure compensation. Lit with a zoomed in 580 EX2 Speedlight on a stand.
A typical Lovegrove shot taken under a tree canopy in a bank car park. Canon 5D, ISO 400, f/4, 1/250th sec, aperture priority mode with plus .7 stops exposure compensation. Lit with natural light.
We sheltered from the rain in the Bristol Pitcher and Piano bar. This shot was taken using natural light from distant windows. Note the low light level - ISO 800, f/4, 1/50th sec, 180mm lens.
Polly our model has a fantastic smile. Exposure is the same as the shot above.
Another low light picture taken in the bar. This time at 1/30th sec, f/3.5, and with ISO 800. I used 130mm setting on my 70 - 200 lens.
I really like this shot. It was plagued by a modicum of flare and that gives it a bit of soul. ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/30th sec, 115mm lens setting.
This reflection on a black granite column was captured in camera. There is no Photoshop trickery here - honest. ISO 500, f/2.8, 1/1250th sec, minus .3 stops of exposure compensation in aperture priority mode.
The green in the blacks is the result of a Photoshop tweak. The kick back from the flash is by design and is aided by using a telephoto lens. ISO 200, f/16, 1/200th sec, manual mode with the equivalent of minus 3 stops of exposure compensation.
I've kept the lighting stand in this shot to show how it was lit. A few deft strokes of the Wacom pen in Photoshop and it was removed from the print file. ISO 100, f/16, 1/200th sec, manual exposure mode, 17mm setting on my 16-35mk2 lens. The flash was triggered by an STE2 transmitter.
Well there you have it. A different set of pictures taken in different circumstances from the previous day. I won’t let rain spoil the day as I have secured a few wet weather contingencies and some covered places to shoot in. The light and cold however is a problem if you want a full day taking pictures on the street. That is why the next Urban Portrait events available for booking are in April. Thanks go to Polly our model and my fellow photographers for not complaining about being battered with the wet stuff.