How we do it ?
Assuming we each get the picture we set out to make
(and we really have to think that !)
we'll each have a a technique that suits what we do.
I think as long as we are talking technique that leads to
toward portraiture, we can talk about that here.
For instance, I work with a big camera and with a small camera.
I usually use a big camera when the subject is bouncing around,
and the energy needs to concentrated.
On the other hand,
a 35 AF helps when a subject is uncertain about the whole thing,
and walking about helps the process.
For this picture, her dad and I planted a 4x5 press camera
on a heavy tripod and used a 10" lens.
He is a fine photographer in his own right,
and was a cheerful and amused assistant.
We worked in a backyard under an October, overcast sky,
and the sitter lay down on a sheet of plywood that
had been raised at the end facing the camera,
to let her face up into the light.
I buried her with fallen leaves to make it fun,
and shot with Polaroid 55/PN.
The first couple shots I made were boring,
but her big rowdy hairy dog came over by the camera,
wondering what was going on. 1/10th of a second
after the shutter tripped, the dog jumped on the kid,
leaves flew everywhere, the kid chased the dog,
and the sitting was officially concluded.
I usually mask a 4x5 ground glass down to 3 1/2 x 4
because I just like an 8x9 proportion,
and leaving plenty of room around the subject
masks my errors, makes the process more relaxed,
and allows for chance to provide a Lagniappe...
like a big hairy dog.
Last edited by df cardwell; 05-21-2008 at 10:09 AM. Click to view previous post history.