"Leading The Field"
©David A. Ziser
I really like this image – our subject, in this setting, looks like one of Orlando’s leading business men. Sure it was made during my wedding shootout during Photoshop World in Orlando but the fact that I was shooting wedding images makes no difference to how the portrait of this young man came together.
It could have just as well been an Orlando executive. I hope you can see that the lighting and composition rules apply cross platform – wedding, high school seniors, family groups or executive portraits.
Let’s dissect this image – first look at how all the lines, curved, straight, diagonal – all lead the eye to our subject. His dark suit, creating the area with the highest contrast, really stands out from the bright high-key architectural surrounds. The subject, railing and floor offer the only slight slight color in the scene. I really enjoy how he stands out from the monochromatic light to gray tonalities of the scene.
Lighting was from the windows only. I turned his head slightly into the light for a nice loop lighting pattern on his face. I know it’s hard to see but, I assure you, it’s there. It’s the lighting and composition that give the image it’s depth, dimension and impact. Time to capture this portrait? I’m a wedding photographer – about 5 minutes ;~)
Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 18-200mm IS lens at 100mm, F5.6 @ 1/250 second, ISO 640. Enjoy! -David