Making a Portrait of a Drift Driver

by | Dec 4, 2019

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

There are two kinds of portrait photographers: The first likes to shoot with “available light” by which they really mean “every light that’s available.”

The second group prefers to use as few light sources as possible because there’s less gear to fiddle with, which translates into more time spent concentrating on making a good portrait.

I prefer using fewer lights because it’s less expensive, reduces setup time and results in less weight to be transported on location.

How I made this shot: Courtney is a model and an automobile enthusiast who drives a drift car, a Nissan 240SX, and photographed he in my home studio while she was wearing one of Morgan’s and Philip’s T-shirt in.

Lighting was provided by a 150 Watt-second Flashpoint 320M monolight attached to a 9.5-foot Light Stand with a 24×36-inch softbox mounted. It was placed at camera right and as close as possible to the subject without  encroaching into the frame.

Courtney was photographed against a Savage Focus Gray seamless paper background. Camera used was a Canon EOS 50D with EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens  at 80mm) with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/18 at ISO 100.

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