Izzy and Sophia, Fujifilm + Luminar Photo Walk – Austin, Texas

Working with models is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they generally know how to pose, which makes it a lot easier for me. For all the portrait shooting I do, I’m not very versed in posing people. Luckily, I do this just for fun. On the other hand, some models automatically go into model mode, where they overtly pose, losing much of the relaxed, candid style I like.

Towards the end of the photo walk, I noticed Izzy and Sophia resting by the fence. I shot a few frames before they could go into model mode. Their natural-looking poses work for me. However, even this relaxed stance has an element of posing, just on a subtle level. Shooting regular people, who typically don’t want to be photographed, is a challenge. You can sense the tenseness in those images. A big part of the art of portraiture is getting your subject to feel relaxed.

I’ve talked at length about the Sony 24mm f2.8 not being a typical portrait lens, though it works great for this group shot. However, I noticed another technical issue that you might not see. The background blur is very nervous, which can be distracting — it has lousy bokeh. Many photographers mistake shallow depth of field for bokeh. These are two different things. Pleasing bokeh is a smooth background that does not distract the viewer from the subject. It should not be harsh like here, especially with the tree on the right.

Blog readers, you’ll love my free monthly photography magazine. Signup for the free magazine to get articles and topics not discussed on the blog.

Categorized in:


Last Update: 06/05/2024