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Portraits (3 replies and 5 comments)

Nick
11 months ago
Nick 11 months ago

Hi Roger,

I love taking 35mm stills of people but often get too nervous to ask strangers.

Nick
11 months ago
Nick 11 months ago

...Is that something you struggle with at all when taking stills?

Thanks,

Nick

Roger Deakins
10 months ago
Roger Deakins 10 months ago

I like street photography but I have difficulty asking people. Besides, when someone is aware that you are taking a picture everything changes.

cameronrad
10 months ago

I used photography to overcome social anxiety. It helped me get more comfortable talking to and interacting with people by placing me out of my comfort zone. Initially I did photoshoots but have transitioned to more "fly-on-the-wall" style. I agree with Roger about the subject being aware of the camera. I love capturing candid now.

Some of my older portrait work: http://www.cameronrad.com»/

Haven't posted any of my new work or updated my site recently though.

Mike
10 months ago
Mike 10 months ago

I do like your pictures, I find them exciting to look at. There is one that does intrigue me more than the others, is this a professional model?

I do like your lighting and the models poses, they look fresh and particularly like the colouring, reminds me of the early Eastman stock of the 1960’s fashion magazines. Your photos look like medium format to me rather than 35mm.

I must move to LA, your beaches seam to attract some great wildlife!

Photo attached of interesting model.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/0FAFB27E-408A-44B8-AFD2-8E82220D7A02.jpeg
cameronrad
10 months ago

Hi Mike! Thank you!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

I'm obsessed with color. I'm a giant color nerd, i think about it constantly. I think I might enjoy color/color grading more than taking the photo itself. I enjoy working on others shots as well. I just need to translate some of my stills experience/terminology into video. Cinema color has always fascinated me and inspired me to keep learning and practicing.

That particular shot/shoot is interesting. It's the only time I've had a big screw up with photography. I accidentally deleted/overwrote all the photos the shoot and didn't realize until months later. It's a professional model, I think her name is Katrina or Katarina. The photos were taken for some apartment complex opening up. The lighting happened by accident, the sun happened to bounce off some mirror tinted windows and provided the fill and catchlight. I wish i still had the RAWs files. 🙁

Mike
10 months ago

Lovely photos all the same. Still would like to know what camera and lenses were used on these shots. Have pencilled you in on my little red book.

cameronrad
10 months ago

Shot with either a Canon 5D2 or 5D3. Lenses are either a Canon 35 1.4, a 50 1.4, or, my most used 85 1.2. Unfortunately I broke the 35 1.4 last year and the 85 1.2 by accident a few weeks ago with my 5D3, so I may be switching to Sony.

 

There may be a couple film shots in there.

Mike
10 months ago

Thankyou so much for that. I thought you may have used medium format for some of those shots. Canon do make some great lenses. The lighting is very good imo. Photos that take my breath away is rather rare these days and some of your photos certainly do that.
Obviously, choosing the right talent with great cheek bones pushes the photographer to seek out those rather special shots. A good model will do this.

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