For my second Drink and Click portrait from January, I feature Leland. I think Leland is also fairly new to these events when I shot him at the Craftsman. The popularity of Drink and Click in Austin has really increased over the last few months and many more models have attended. It’s really a fun, social event for both photographers and models.
The lighting wasn’t ideal for Leland but new technology and techniques allow for a decent portrait. First, I was shooting with a large f1.6 aperture at 1/30 of a second. I was also at ISO 1000. But modern cameras work well, even in these conditions. Plus, these black and whites, with a bit of a film-ish look, help mask any potential weaknesses. I even added extra grain to give a subtle texture.
As usual, I visualize in monochrome on my Olympus PEN-F, but I use RAW a lot more these days. I’ve gotten better at adding a texture to my RAWs and the extra processing latitude helps a lot. For today’s photo, I’ve brightened the dark jacket and added some more “light” to Leland’s eyes and face. Which basically means, I’ve compensated in post processing for the lack of “perfect” lighting. It’s an acceptable trade-off given the available conditions.
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