Moments Forever Studio

Portraiture Gallery

“Portrait photography is an art that reveals the poetry within each person, capturing not just faces, but stories, emotions, and the beautiful essence of the human spirit.”

  • Canon EOS 2000D

  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm

  • Focal Length 18mm

  • 1/4

  • f/5.6

  • 100

THREE QUARTER BODY

I am a bit in two minds about this photo, it didn’t come out as I had expected.

I enjoy creating black-and-white photos, but when I took this particular image, I didn’t consider the fact that the subject was seated on a black table and wearing dark-colored trousers. As a result, the final photo gives the illusion that the subject is standing or sitting behind a black sheet, with the guitar hanging over it.

I am not pleased with the image outcome, but I am adding it to the assignment as a lesson learned. The colour of clothes can affect the background and scene; a valuable experience for me and lesson well learned.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 70mm

  • 1/125

  • f/8.0

  • 200

QUARTER BODY

This photo was intended to be used in a different composition, but I decided to use it as a quarter-body photo.

A before image can be seen sliding the arrow on the left hand side of the photo. This will reveal how dark the image was taken.

As mentioned before, the photo had a different purpose.

The only challenge I had with this image was that his skin was very red and I didn’t notice it because of not having a proper monitor.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 70mm

  • 1/125

  • f/8.0

  • 200

QUARTER BODY

Despite facing lighting issues during a photo shoot with a family of four due to time constraints, I was able to rectify the problem in post-production by effortlessly removing the shadow from the background.

While examining a previous render, I noticed that something seemed off. After taking some time to investigate what it was, I realized that the cropping was too low on the waist. I made the necessary adjustments to the cropping and repositioned the subject to fix the issue.

As requested in the interview, I removed blemishes and scars from her face using Photoshop healing tools.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 70mm

  • 1/125

  • f/8.0

  • 200

HALF BODY

With her passion for photography, she enthusiastically struck creative poses during the session and was a pleasure to work with.

Based on the before image, it can be observed by dragging the slider that the Speedlight was positioned on the left side of the subject. However, I believe that the Speedlight should have been placed on the right-hand side to accentuate the edge of her hair.

Upon further inspection of the photo, it may be better to centre the subject and reduce the negative space as she is not looking in that direction.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 90mm

  • 1/125

  • f/8.0

  • 200

HALF BODY

She was very intuitive with her posing and reacting to posing directions.

A speedlight was positioned behind her to the left, while a softbox was set up about 45 degrees to the right in front of her. However, the speedlight behind her seemed a bit low, and it didn’t fully highlight the edge of her hair.

Additionally, the left side of her face was not properly lit. Using a white reflector to lighten up the left side of her face could have been a good solution.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 22mm

  • 1/125

  • f/8.0

  • 200

THREE QUARTER BODY

The original plan was to take a full-body family portrait, but due to space constraints, a three-quarter body image was taken instead.

When adjusting the slider, the photo reveals challenges such as wrinkles and shadows on the backdrop, as well as two softboxes in the frame. After a long time spent resolving these issues, I was finally able to fix them.

I was after a pure white background for this photo, but I forgot to remove the diffusers from the lights that were illuminating the backdrop. As a result, I lost a few stops of light, When I tried to fix it in Photoshop, it created unattractive edges around the subjects.

  • Canon EOS 2000D

  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm

  • Focal Length 32mm

  • 1/13

  • f/8

  • 100

HEADSHOT

Despite facing some challenges with this photo of my brother, I approached it with a positive mindset.

While my initial plan may have been unclear, I embraced the opportunity to experiment with different techniques during post-production. Although I had to crop in significantly and lost some detail, I found that converting the image to black and white truly enhanced its aesthetic appeal.

I initially wished for a bit more negative space in front of him, but I creatively utilized the negative space behind him by adjusting the exposure to highlight this area.

Overall, this experience taught me valuable lessons in adaptability and creativity, turning what could have been seen as setbacks into opportunities for growth and innovation.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon Fish-Eye 16mm

  • Focal Length 16mm

  • 1/125

  • f/11

  • 200

QUARTER BODY FUN #1

When I used the ring light, I intended to highlight the subject and keep her as the centre of attention. However, the ring light drew attention to her hands instead of the subject herself.

By using some masking techniques, I was able to get better exposure to the subject while avoiding over-exposure from the ring light pointed at the camera.

Using a fish-eye lens made her fingers appear longer. I attempted to fix this with lens correction setting but ended up with a distorted ring light. I decided to undo the adjustment.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon Fish-Eye 16mm

  • Focal Length 16mm

  • 1/125

  • f/11

  • 200

QUARTER BODY FUN #2

I tried the ring light again and used almost all the post-production settings. However, I added a double-diffused softbox to illuminate her face in this photo.

Her hand drew most of the attention, as intended, this time there was no deformation or need for adjustments. I believe it’s because of the direction her fingers are pointing.

I believe that I should have positioned a light behind her on the left side to brighten up that area of her hair. This would have helped to distinguish her more clearly from the black background and draw more attention to her.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 65mm

  • 1/250

  • f/5.6

  • 200

QUARTER BODY

Taking these photos was a blast! We ended up snapping over a hundred shots of the subject, but only a handful made the cut. One of the biggest hurdles I faced was dealing with color. Since my laptop monitor only supports sRGB and my cellphone screen is the closest thing I have to Adobe RGB, matching colors was a bit of a challenge.

To tackle this, I shared my computer monitor to my cellphone, which falls somewhere between these two color spaces, allowing me to do live editing and adjust colors during post-production. During this course, I noticed that the subject’s skin tone appeared too red. Thankfully, using the cellphone screen as an alternative reference helped me correct this issue to some extent.

It’s not a perfect solution, but it definitely helped me work around the color discrepancies.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 34mm

  • 1/20

  • f/4.2

  • 800

HEADSHOT

This headshot was purely an accident and was meant to be a full-body portrait. It can be challenging to capture the perfect shot, especially during the golden hour when the lighting can change quickly.

After the golden hour was over, the area became pretty dark, and I thought we could use a flash to brighten up the scene. We tested how it would look, but ultimately, we decided that it was time to call it a day.

During the post-production process, I realized that the image was overexposed. To resolve this issue, I was suggested to convert the image to a black-and-white image. However, this caused some other problems such as wrinkles, blemishes, and spots becoming more pronounced and giving the subject an aged appearance. As the subject was in her early 20s, this didn’t do justice to her. To fix this, I used blemish removal and frequency separation techniques to restore the image.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 42mm

  • 1/100

  • f/5.6

  • 400

HALF BODY

Easily one of my favorite photos that I made using two continuous lights – each with a different colour film in front of it. I used these lights to simulate the color of sirens for a law enforcement agent in a dark or nighttime scene.

I had a great time creating this photo, and it taught me a lot. However, I was surprised by how dark the image turned out. I think there were two reasons for this: first, I lost some light due to the colored film, and second, both lights were fitted with diffusers.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 90mm

  • 1/80

  • f/5.3

  • 280

FULL BODY

This photoshoot was a fun and interesting experience for both myself and the subject, as we were unsure how to pose and what to do.

About an hour before the photoshoot, I came across a helpful video on YouTube that provided some basic tips on posing. I practised the poses myself to ensure that I wouldn’t forget them during the shoot.

Once I showed her how to pose, she naturally followed and I only provided some guidance occasionally.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 140mm

  • 1/60

  • f/5.6

  • 800

OUTDOOR QUARTER BODY

It was easy to pose my son as he followed every instruction I gave on how to pose and place his hands, etc.

One of the challenges I faced in this image was the rapidly fading light, so I had to increase my ISO settings up to 800.

“Although the photo may appear slightly underexposed, I intentionally exposed it to the right of the histogram. This was because I wanted to ensure that minimal important details were lost with the fastest possible shutter speed. I was very confident that I can recover most of the dark areas, especially since they are primarily in the blurred background.”

  • Canon EOS 2000D

  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm

  • Focal Length 23mm

  • 1/15

  • f/7.1

  • 200

HEADSHOT

This photo was taken indoors with only the house lights on at night, resulting in a yellowish tint.

I wasn’t bothered by the yellow light since I planned to create a black and white image.

I had planned to take a seated full body portrait, but I wasn’t satisfied with how the pose and the couch complemented each other. I was too focused on achieving a specific pose, which caused me to overlook other poses that would have looked great. From this experience, I learned the importance of keeping an open mind when instructing the subject on how to pose, and not getting fixated on a single pose.

  • Nikon D300

  • Nikon 18-200mm

  • Focal Length 36mm

  • 1/50

  • f/5.6

  • 200

QUARTER BODY SILHOUETTE

Creating this silhouette photo was quite a challenge for me. It was my first attempt, and I quickly realized that the light I used wasn’t strong enough to achieve the sharp edge I envisioned.

Additionally, I had hoped to create a subtle spill of light over the edges of the subject, but in practice, it didn’t quite work out as I had imagined. It seems like I need more practice to master that technique.

Despite these challenges, I’m pleased with the outcome overall.

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