Back to the Big Red (Senior Portrait Session)

The Big Red – Dubai’s desert, one of the few places I go back with a smile on my face. The sunrise is amazing, the peace and tranquility relax your mind and the dunes unleash your imagination.

I used the same equipment (my Nikon D7100 with the 1.8G 50mm). I started shooting around 5.30 AM, for about 2h (already around 7.30 was already hot and the dunes started to heat up). I took about 600 frames from which I made a 2 step selection (first I selected only the images in focus/eyes open/facial expression and the ones where I obtained the artistic effect while in the second step I selected the ones that I like the most – being subjective of course)

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Yes, the image was tempered a lot in Lightroom so the colors would come out this way. Only one thing bothers me from the whole capture – her left hand – the one on the sand …its not completely straight.

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I like the image above a lot however when its displayed on a mobile device, because of the mobile’s device screen is different than the laptop/monitor display screen, the quality is not the same. On the laptop, the silhouette is not completely dark, the level of details and white in the silhouette is significantly higher.

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One of the top 3 images from this shoot, at least in my opinion. The wind indeed helped a lot. I absolutely love this image.

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Composition wise I got what I wanted from the capture, tonality wise as well. My only small issue is with the sky – I would have preferred to work a little bit more on it to try to obtain a blue shade.

I know that I’m going to get back and take a look at this post so I would like to write some conclusion I took after this photo shoot :

  • before shooting, check the model’s outfit (check if the bra is matching the blouse/dress, if the dress has any hanging strings, if the dress has/doesn’t have sand marks on it, if the blouse/dress is adjusted on her body before actually clicking the image)
  • communicate more with the model and tell the model to stay still and not move after she/he hears the shutter taking the picture (this way I can adjust my position better keeping the same pose and facial expression for the model – especially when the model has a great pose/facial expression)
  • don’t rush (even if the model is rushing to get it over with it)
  • since I shoot in the desert a few times, plan the poses and the perspectives better so  on location you have to rely less on inspiration/creativity on the spot and more on a carefully planned session. Although its against the principles of photography as an art, there were instances where I looked back on other shoots and I was thinking – Wish I could have done this shoot as well, I forgot about it. 6-10 poses and perspectives and the rest of the photo shoot can be based on “on spot creativity/inspiration”.
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