Posts Tagged ‘portrait’


Posted: September 6, 2012 in Blog
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I’m moving to my new website:

Few weeks ago I was shooting with my friend one model and it took place near John Lennon’s Wall in Prague. The wall itself has great colors and I wanted to keep it simple. Make model just pop with shallow depth of field and get interesting colors also from wall. We used two flashes all the time, one was on camera and used only to trigger the second flash, both were in group A and in E-TTL II mode. To give the light some shape I used shoot-through umbrella.

The first portraits were OK, nothing special but nothing anybody should feel ashamed of but everything went different when she changed clothes. I found out she has some cool tattoos especially on her back and it became my new focus and task. Thanks God she had great dress that reveals back completely and it made shot even more interesting. The basic idea was to get shape from her body and colors will be added by the wall. And it worked perfectly.

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
Aperture: f/2.5
Shutter Speed: 1/200s
ISO: 50
WB: Temp 6200K/Tint 0
Processing: Lightroom, Photoshop

A lot of people get longer lenses just because they can get closer to their subject. I don’t argue with them but they don’t realize with zooming in the perspective changes also. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just check this video.

A quick picture from a walk I did after work. Panorama made from 2 source photos, no HDR, just a bit LR processing, sharpening and Color Efex 4 by Nik Software.


Finding My Look

Posted: May 13, 2012 in Blog
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A lot of photographers out there have their favorite style and look. Based on those things they can be hired or not. I’m still looking for mine but have to say I’m getting closer and closer. This is a photo from 2 days ago and I just felt in love with this post-processing to be honest. The problem is to recreate it 😦


Try to be Creative

Posted: April 25, 2012 in Blog
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Hey guys, just a short article for today. Everytime I shoot I’m trying to come up with something new. It doesn’t matter if my quest is portrait, landscape or anything else. When you do a new thing you haven’t ever done or nobody did it, then you will be unique. Just how to be so unique?

When I was shooting portraits with my friends it took a long time and we stayed out till night. Because we were close to fairground I got this cool idea. I put my camera to full manual, mounted it on tripod, used 24-70 combined with flash, 10s exposure and f/11 aperture. I fired the flash manually on 9th second to get as less motion blur as possible and good exposure. Here is final image.

This weekend I borrowed that lens from Canon HQ in Czech republic to give it a try and was really blown away by it’s image quality it gives back for the price. Almost everybody says f/1.8 is sharper, better and this kind of stuff. And I know it is true but just the outstanding performance changes everything and now I understand, why it’s being loved by many Pros.

Everything worked perfect … weather, location, model and other stuff, really great. And when all this comes together than with also some skill you can get perfect photo like this.


Almost everything was shot during natural light except few images with off-camera flash. I just felt in love with 85mm, just need to test 135mm f/2 for comparison and decide which one to buy 😉

Portrait of Martina

Posted: February 17, 2012 in Blog
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So finally I was able to process some photos from shoot I did in Prague. As an inspiration I used Cliff Mautner’s shot he showed in one video for Kelby Training. Whole shoot was in manual, first part of the shoot I used flash with umbrella and second part was shot using natural light only. This shot is from the second part.


Shooting Portraits

Posted: February 16, 2012 in Blog
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Today I was shooting portraits of my room mate and was looking for jaws. It sounds weird, but after you’ll see this video, you’ll agree with me 😉