People Project Update... July 7, 2014 - Attanasio Imagery
The Look

Back in the early part of 2014 I made a resolution to take more people pictures to expand my portfolio. This blog post represents my latest addition to that project.

Yes, she is a family member and yes this shot was rather easy to get but what a better way to learn than with family. You see, there was no verbal contact directing the shot just a happy teenager enjoying a summers day at the pool. I still had to recognize the scene in order to properly expose.

I recognized the shooting scenario as a back lit scene so I utilized aperture priority but changed the metering mode to partial and then bumped up the exposure compensation by 2 in order to render her face as close to the scene as possible. It did the trick!

A aperture of f4.5 rendered the distant background out of focus which then put the viewers eye directly on the subject. I focused on the right eye and because the angle of the face is slightly rotated, both eyes are rather sharp. A vignette further accentuates the face and eyes.

With more and more practice I feel like I am gaining valuable experience when recognizing the lighting, background elements and the compositional aspects of a scene in order to produce quality shots. I've got a ways to go but I'm definitely happy with my progress.

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