summer portrait

Mary Dougherty

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If you’ve ever wondered the who, what & how behind my photos, today you’re in for a treat. I wanted to post the specs on the images above and give you a little insight. So, meet Zach. While he was pretending to be a J.Crew model I snapped a few shots and love how warm and summery the images turned out. We headed in to the backyard originally for him to get a little camera practice and take a picture of Matt and I, but it didn’t take too long before I stepped behind the camera.

A good friend for several years, Zach has been in front of my camera before so it was easy to capture some natural photos of him. We took these around 4:00, so I placed him in a shady spot where the light would be diffused and not so harsh. You can see how blown out the grass right behind him is, but with the balance of the darker green bushes higher up I don’t really mind it. I like to shoot in natural light, and normally I would shoot a little later in the day, but I found a good location with the light we had, something I’m used to doing with weddings and the different schedules they have. I used my canon 5d mark II and 135mm 2.0 lens for these images, and I like the 135 because it compresses the background into the nice smooth backdrop you see above. I use that lens a lot with candids at a wedding, since it allows me to shoot in close, at low light, while being farther away. We all know how awkward it can get when someone doesn’t know if you are taking their picture or not – so this allows me to go unnoticed. For both of these images my settings were 100 ISO, 320 shutter speed + 2.0 for the aperture, and the focal length was 135 since the lens is prime so there is no zooming in or out. The files were RAW and I did minimal editing in camera RAW – the photoshop plug in for raw editing – that included adjustments to white balance and contrast before saving them as jpgs to share with you here. So, hope you enjoyed – if so let me know so I can add relevant posts to this genre… time to go make some pesto pizza (and if you aren’t sick of the food posts, I’m going to be sharing that on here soon). see ya!

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