Ok, so I apologize for giving you a self-portrait today, but it was shortly after midnight and there were no other humans awake for me to
experiment with shoot instead photograph. I started playing around with my DIY lights trying to implement some of the lighting ideas that I have been seeing in various video tutorials on the web. As I mentioned before, I am trying to expand my constructed images, and formal portraits is one of the areas in which I am interested in getting some more experience. Later I will try to upload a lighting diagram of what I am doing here. Just FYI, there is no flash involved.
This was shot with the Hexanon 50mm f1.4 at 1/2 stop down. 1/2 to 1 stop down is kind of a sweet spot for portraits on this lens, I think. It produces a softness that doesn’t result in too many harsh lines and skin pores outlined in gruesome detail. This is unretouched except for a little bit of levels to get the white balance right. I might have had the focus on the eyes a little off, because it is a manual lens and I had to focus on a fan that I set in the chair.
Next time I have to remember to get the background just about another foot or two back.