Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop

Sony DSLR-A300; 1/250s f/1.4 ISO 400

Some portraits are candid.

Sisters III

Sisters III

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If the facial expressions aren’t genuine, the portrait is a failure.

Sisters II

Sisters II

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Eliza

Eliza

Portrait Photography is *all about* facial expression
Portrait Photography is *all about* facial expression

Sisters

Sisters

Mikayla and Eliza

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Reform Portrait Photography

Reform Portrait Photography

I have completely rewound my thinking about portrait photography, and started at the very beginning: what is the purpose of a portrait photo? I continued right through to the best ways to edit portrait photos. I came up with a formula.

I’m going to make all of my portraits and Portrait Photo Stories using my new formula.

G family

Peek

Peek

1/80s f/4 ISO 80 23.6mm
Picture Lake and Mount Shuksan, Washington

Picture Lake and Mount Shuksan, Washington

Fujifilm X-T2; 1/240s f/16 ISO200 10mm; tonemapped +/- 1.3 stops
Fort Langley

Fort Langley

A fun field trip with Marlene.

1/250s f/5.6 ISO200 90mm 1.750s f/2 ISO100 90mm 1/200s f/7.1 ISO800 12.6mm 1/280s f/4 ISO100 12.6mm 1/340s f/4 ISO100 24mm
Update October 2016

Update October 2016

I sold all my Sony/Minolta equipment, and converted to the Fujifilm X-mount system — X-T2 with vertical grip and 3 lenses.

Hoping Fujifilm designs a TTL wireless flash. (December 2016 update: I am using RoboSHOOT with a Nikon speedlight for wireless flash.) Other than that, I love their X-series cameras — good, old fashioned dials, knobs and rings. Definitely makes it easier to quickly change settings without looking at your camera rather than through the more modern touch screens and menus.

Here’s the first photograph I made with the X-T2… obviously, it’s heavily edited, and I deliberately permitted the high noise:

Jacob at the Playground