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White backgound portraits

With the online presence growing do to the vast number of social networking apps such as, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and many more which i will not list here, is causing more and more people to want something better than a cute bathroom selfie. Even though Kim Kardashian's Book of Selfies is trying to make these more popular it won't get anyone to take you seriously.

So for those who are looking to have a nice photo, I offer a fantastic deal. $50 portraits. That's is 1/6 the price of regular photographers.

I have been watching Peter Hurley and his portrait series for a year now, and i finally got around to practice.

Working with my friend Cody was a fun and great learning experience.


Here is a time lapse of the photoshoot.




I learned to get a pure white background, you have to light it up. For the shots below I used a Flashpoint Studio Strobe with a beauty dish from above and a YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash in a softbox below.  I didn't use anything to light up the background.  As you can see the background turned out light gray.


To shoot these I used my Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 at f5.0  with a shutter speed of 125 at different focal lengths.  Even with stopped down the depth of field was very shallow. One of the eyes is in focus while the other is out of focus. For the next client I will be shooting at f8.






My second attempt at white background portraits was completely different. This was shot on the hallway of an apartment building with a white(ish) wall. I used a YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless flash to light up the background sitting on the floor and one to bounce of the wall behind me as a main light. Definitely a step in the right direction. Two things to do differently next time.

1. - Raise the background light off the floor 
2. - Turn down the power on the background light





Overall I'm pleased with the results and even more pleased at the lessons learned in this experience.

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