Testosterone at last!
My Portrait of the Month project is gathering momentum and Ian Chambers is the first male to take part. We met last year when he and his friend/co-director Aaron McCarter set up East London Radio.
Currently based at the Cre8 Lifestyle Centre, Hackney Wick, East London Radio is a not for profit radio station which broadcasts a range of topical podcasts and provides training and mentoring to young people from Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
I arranged to meet Ian for his portrait on 6 February at Cre8 and we were confined to a small cluttered room because of the monsoon raging outside. I chose my camera settings to disguise the distracting elements in the room, and began with two lights on Ian's face but had to move one of them behind him because he was disappearing into the underexposed background.
Once again I used my trusty 85mm lens. My camera settings were 1/250, f/16, 200 ISO. I created a lighting diagram using the Strobox iPhone app, showing the relative placement of my lights - a bare speedlight at full power on a stand, approximately 6 feet directly behind Ian. My main light was another speedlight in a white bounce umbrella at 1/2 power on a stand, roughly 3 feet in front of him, to my right.
This Portrait of the Month project came about due people like Ian who either don't like having their photos taken or don't think they look good in photos, which got me thinking about ways to light and pose people in flattering ways to make them look and feel amazing.
I guess it must be working because the feedback from Ian was: "Thanks so much for that, it's the best pic I've seen of me"
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