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Texture and Contrast


This portrait was actually done quite quickly while we were on the move from one spot to another. I was struck by the shape of the archway and the luxurious textures the brick and stone afforded and asked Allison to take just a minute by herself.

The light was pretty flat, actually, but by adding a touch of strobe from the side it brought out some three-dimensionality and depth. Behind Allison the small atrium was a bit of a mess with the DJ’s equipment set up, so I let it drop almost to black and melt away the distractions. Overall I prefer a darker, richer monochrome image with lots of deep, bold black.

A lot of contrast and a ton of texture help make for a very dynamic portrait. And it only took a minute.


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