by • April 22, 2019 • Color, Modeling, Photography, Portraits, Studio Comments135

Lexi Carter

Lexi Carter – MD Model

I don’t let much time go between a photo-shoot and writing something in the blog but I was a bit busy trying to help a friend recover some equipment from the last thunder storm here in Waynesboro.
Last Saturday I had the opportunity to work with Miss Lexi Carter from Baltimore MD.

You can reach her at her Model Mayhem page .
She is not much of a Facebook person, and you can find her work on Instagram too as well as Facebook.

First thing that stroked me when I met her is how tall she is, 5.11 and a beautiful strawberry blond hair ending with a fantastic Nordic chin and light green eyes.
I got hooked immediately into portraits and could not stop searing at that beautiful face.
Her personally is bubbly and she will crack a joke in no time, she loves to smile and is very, vary experienced with her posing.

The idea was to work on some boudoir shots, it was my first time working with her so I really didn’t know what to expect, despite having seen her portfolio I thought I was never going to be able to impress her with my work, when I mentioned this, her answer was really revealing about her quality as a person, she said that the most important to her was the fact that that moment that I capture, will never happen again and that she loves the idea of working with photographers and get something different, weather is the hear like in this case she changed the appearance or anything that can make a shoot different, despite of having done the same pose many times before.

Front Face Portrait – LED Ring light

We worked at my friend’s Juan Gonzales studio, he is a very good friend and photographer in the beautiful city of Staunton, VA, this makes my life much easier because working at a Studio is a better environment than renting a Hotel or any other venue, besides that he allows me to use his studio every-time I need it, always have cold water in the fridge for me and my model, he is a real good friend.

Going back to the scope of work, I will comment on each picture taken and try to share my settings with you.
The first shot on the black dress was a natural light shot with help of a LED ring flash, I shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and an SP-70-200mm f/2.8 Tamron. The settings for this shot was aperture f/4.5 lens at 113 mm speed was at 1/160 and ISO at 100. The LED was at full power because it was really sunny outside, had to balance properly.
For the second shot, I changed the position of the model and moved the light to the right to generate a different catch-light, those light green-blue eyes popped immediately and as you can see, I am not fan of retouching pictures unless necessary.

We did some mirror shots black and white with a Fujifilm X-PRO 1 and the result was amazing.

Had the shields down a bit so less light would come inside of the room and used more contrast and shadows. On the next one it was just the right light, that’s all what it took.
The Best Canon Lenses for Portraits is
Canon 50mm f/1.2L
Price: $1,349

When it comes to the best Canon lenses for portraits, they’re won’t be many that match the power and quality of the Canon 50mm f/1.2L. The 50mm focal length on this lens equipped on a 35mm or full-frame camera produces a very natural look to portraits. This focal length is very similar to what the human eye sees. This makes it a very ideal lens to use for portrait photography and any professional portrait photographer is going to want one of these in their camera bag. Yes, it’s quite pricey, but, if you’re a veteran, this investment will have your images looking phenomenal.

The images taken at f/1.2 aperture will have a very shallow depth of field. Subjects will pop out of a background that melts into a dreamlike, ethereal milky way of blurred colors and bokeh.

However I can reach the same results or similar with a cheaper lens which is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Price: $349
At the end is my settings and focal distance that make the magic.

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