Our Monthly Featured Photographer for January 2018 is Sofos
To my great joy Emma once again made a perfect model. Patient, beautiful and full of enthusiasm.
Emma moved in some 10 months ago and she has really made herself comfortable in that time. I swear that she has more clothes and shoes than I have and her stuff is now to be found everywhere
Although, even with the piles of clothes she insisted on something special for the occasion so we ordered a beautiful burgundy velvet dress from Asos petite that fit her beautifully! Her wig is a human hair wig and she has lipstick and rouge applied. She also wears most of the stuff in her jewelry box. She might be a high maintenance girl but she’s totally worth it
Emma is 156 cm tall and originally came from Sanhui where she was known as Adeline.
I use a Nikon D3300 camera and most of the photos were taken with a fixed focal lens. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm 1:1.8 G lens. I’m very happy with that lens and particular the bokeh created with f/1.8. Although some shots were made with a smaller aperture and also the kit zoom lens was used when she was on the floor as I couldn’t get enough distance between me and Emma.
In addition I also have a Manfrotto tripod and a flash system consisting of two YONGNUO YN-III wireless flashes mounted on stands and with white shoot through umbrellas. They are controlled from the camera using the YN-560 TX controller unit. I’m very happy with the flash system, especially this time of year when natural light is really scarce where I live!
I shoot all my photos using the manual mode in the camera. I find this is the only way to capture the image as I want it. I also use a seperate button on the camera for focusing and use the single point focus 99% of the time. This allows me to set the focus exactly where I want it. Then carefully adjust the camera to get the framing I want and then take the picture. This process is more fragile the wider aperture (smaller f-number) that you are using due to the limited depth of field.
To determine the exposure I always use the histogram feature in the preview mode to help me gauge if the exposure is correct. Usually I shoot in ISO100 or ISO200 to keep the noise to a minimum and instead add exposure time if needed. This only works well when mounted on a tripod as motion blur sets in instead.
I exclusively shoot in raw format nowadays and then use Nikon's free view-NX tool to do some basic post processing on all photos. Like adjusting exposure, white balance/tint and adding some sharpness. Selected photos then goes into GIMP for more post processing. For this shoot I focused on playing with colored areas in an otherwise black and white photo. I find the result quite intriguing.
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