portrait

I am not a portrait photographer!

I don’t know why portraits cause me such issues, stick me in front of a landscape and all is fine, put a human in front of me and I can barely operate the camera…it’s very odd because I don’t have problems talking to people (well, apart from boring them to death if the subject moves onto music)…

Anyhow, Bishop’s Stortford Camera Club had a workshop night with two separate portrait set-ups, one high key and the other low key – here’s one of each…by the way, the title certainly does not reflect on the models who put up with my blundering quite patiently.


When I showed my wife my original picture for today she said, and I quote, “You’re not publishing that are you?” It wasn’t this photograph nor was it rude – just a bit weird. So anyway I made this instead… ‘cos this isn’t weird at all 😉

We’ve recently had a couple of demonstrations on the use of off camera flash at Bishop’s Stortford Camera Club over the last few weeks…something I am not very good at. So I spent an hour or so messing around with a flash and got some OK shots of a teddy bear and some selfies. Mix them together in photoshop and et voila…


It was a glorious sunrise this morning…but way colder than we have been used to recently. The sheep in one of the fields on my morning walk have given way to three horses, of which one of them is pictured here. I don’t think he was over impressed by the drop in temperature either.


Today’s Bishops Stortford Camera Club night out was all about portraits with the setting sun. So I arrived armed with all 3 of my flashes…and used none of them ;-).

Portrait work is a long way from my comfort zone, but I really enjoyed photographing some of my friends from the camera club…particularly as I got (IMO) some pretty nice portraits…and just with one gold reflector held stage left.

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Another visit to Audley End House for their Victorian Day. They had a lady showing her birds of prey and this was one of them – a lovely Kestral.


18Dec

352/366 Chris Hillman

This gentleman is our tutor on our City and Guilds Level 2 Photography course in Chelmsford. As you will gather, this evening we have been learning lighting for portraiture photography, with an emphasis on the correct focal length to use. This was shot at 70mm, ideally I should have had my 70-200mm lens with me so I could have gone to somewhere around 100mm. This was processed using Portrait Professional which is an excellent piece of software.

Chris Hillman