Here are 50 portraits taken with continuous light on last weeks Art Portraits workshops. I start the post after the jump with some notes on maintaining image sharpness when the going gets tough…
Some notes on image sharpness
At several times over the two days Chloe performed a series of linked fluid graceful movements. Posing without the staccato action often associated with glamour modelling. The glamour model poses, the camera shutter is released and a new pose is created. Pose, click, pose, click, pose, click etc. With Chloe’s style of flow posing a crescendo is reached without a pause in motion. This requires about 1/125th second to arrest sufficiently for crisp sharp pictures. No amount of VR or IS can alter this fact. So when it was dark and I wanted to use a slow shutter speed I directed Chloe very precisely. Directing every nuance of her pose, the look, emotion, and muscle tension in various parts of her body. Nothing was random and everything was calm. At times it was as if Chloe was asleep, totally at rest, at peace with her world and utterly beautiful. This allowed us to shoot with very low shutter speeds indeed.
When I’m shooting at shutter speeds below 1/60th second with either my 100mm f/2.8L IS or my 50mm f/1.2 L I usually use a monopod and below 1/8th second I use a tripod.
IS/VR on or off:
With the latest generation of IS or VR lenses it is not necessary to switch off the IS & VR functions when using a monopod. The use of IS with a monopod is encouraged in the manual that came with my 100mm macro f/2.8L IS lens. A tripod does not need the stabilisation functions and therefore IS or VR should be switched off to speed up the start up time from a half shutter press and to save battery power. In certain situations when a picture is taken before the correcting lens has got up to speed it can result in optical blurring.
In the following 50 pictures all shutter speeds were used from 1/10th second up to 1/1000th second with and without monopods.
My creative team:
The fabulous Vicky Waghorn on make up and hair
Corsets and accessories were kindly supplied and expertly fitted by Penn O’Gara and Cathy Price of the www.handmadecorsetcompany.com
Chloe Jasmine Whichello was our sensational model
Well there you have 50 of my shots from the two art portraits workshops last week. Places are available for the next workshop of this kind in March. Details are here. You can also browse our range of upcoming photography training courses here.
Please feel free to comment on these pictures, ask questions or add to the info on avoiding blurred images.