Sister and Brother in Doorway

Tech Info:

Hand held Nikon D3 camera, 85mm 1.4 lens set to f3.5 at 1/500th sec., 1600 ISO, in B/W JPG mode.

The portrait was made during midday, but since the kids were placed underneath a doorway that had an awning over it, we had some good open shade to work with. Indirect lighting makes contrast control a bit easier while shooting digital.
The catchlights in the eyes came from light toned, sunlit objects and walkway located in front of the kids.
I was sure to place my camera at about belly button level to them so that they would take on a little extra presence, as opposed to shooting at eye level or above eye level.
The image was softened a bit in photoshop.

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–Eddie.

5 thoughts on “Sister and Brother in Doorway

  1. David G

    Eddie,
    Please tell me/us the details of how you shot this beautiful picture.
    Thanks, David

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  2. eddie Post author

    Hi David,

    Thanks for asking about this one. (Tech info now included with the original post.)

    Here is the tech info:

    Hand held Nikon D3 camera, 85mm 1.4 lens set to f3.5 at 1/500th sec., 1600 ISO, in B/W JPG mode.

    The portrait was made during midday, but since the kids were placed underneath a doorway that had an awning over it, we had some good open shade to work with. Indirect lighting makes contrast control a bit easier while shooting digital.
    The catchlights in the eyes came from light toned, sunlit objects and walkway located in front of the kids.
    I was sure to place my camera at about belly button level to them so that they would take on a little extra presence, as opposed to shooting at eye level or above eye level.
    The image was softened a bit in photoshop.

    Ü

    –Eddie.

    Reply
  3. David G

    Eddie,
    One more question please.
    What metering mode did you use to shoot this picture and do you vary the metering mode depending on conditions?
    Thanks again,
    David

    Reply
  4. eddie Post author

    David,

    I almost always shoot in manual exposure mode, unless I am shooting in very even lighting and with no bright backgrounds or bright clothing. If the meter can be fooled, then I shoot in manual mode.

    Regarding metering mode, I use center weighted average. Before arriving at a final exposure setting, I will point my camera at the scene in order to in-camera meter* the scene, then I look at the meter gauge on the camera and adjust my shutter speed until it indicates correct exposure (I don’t adjust the aperture because that is always set according to what I need creatively for depth of field). Then I take a test shot at that setting.

    By looking at the histogram, I see if I’m over or under on the exposure, and I adjust accordingly. If there are very bright highlights (sun on water) or very dark tones in the image, I take that into account in assessing the histogram and the final exposure.

    Ü

    –Eddie.

    *I would use my Sekonic 358 meter to determine exposure, but I find it to be just one more thing to carry around and get in the way of quick shooting.

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  5. David G

    Eddie,
    Thanks again for help.

    Reply

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