“The photographer never arrives, ever. You’re always just barely scratching the surface.” ~ Chris Orwig
I got inspired by Fergus Ford (and if you want to see a real pro’s results, take a look at his latest – awesome work). In this post he offers his “how-to” and I used it as jumping off point. Sort of. I didn’t use a flash through an umbrella. I was on the north side of the house in shade and I shot this at noon so the sun was high and bright and bouncing off our yellowed winter grass to camera left and the white of the house acted as a reflector. ISO 100, f/2.5, 1/1000s, 85mm. My tripod was perched on the dog house, and I’m pleased with the perspective shooting down provided.
And this is the result. Pretty much out of the camera. I brightened my eyes and teeth and added a light blur vignette, but I didn’t touch my skin – this is how it came out. My skin is creamy and smooth, which is exactly what I was going for. I’ll keep working on this.