The toughest place I shot during Jake’s surprise birthday party was by a glass door, next to the living room. With a wall immediately behind the model and a light source mainly on one side, I was at a loss of how to make this place interesting and to get a good exposure. A little post processing and a black and white conversion made all the difference.
What I really needed was a reflector on the left side to add more fill light to the shadows. There was a reflector handy but no one around so I went with what I had. While it looks fairly bright, the light was falling fast. These were shot at ISO 2500 and I bumped the exposure compensation up 2/3 of a stop. On the positive side, the door glass was frosted so it acted somewhat like a soft box.
I lifted the shadows a bit in post but making these monochrome really changed the mood. The shadows now work and add mystery rather than being a liability. Kalan had these wonderful dramatic poses and a beautiful profile. These portraits are very different from my usual. I didn’t pre visualize these but I’m glad I tried them. I came up with something unexpected.
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