Daily Photo – Lauren in Line

The Daily Photo series focuses on the two or three key creative choices, in terms of composition and processing, that go into creating an image.  Specific technical details about the shot have been left out — you won’t hear me talking about tone curve adjustments and whatnot unless it was a key component of the end result.

Lauren, at Opal Divines, seated between fellow photographers Christopher, Gordon and Robin.


  • Shutter:  1/125
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • ISO:  100
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • Lighting:  sb800 through 42″ reflector as scrim camera left;  bare sb800 providing some fill camera right.

Composition and Processing

  • The goal for this shot was to use people as a background.  Because Lauren’s essentially in the same plane as the rest, I created separation by seating her, and then cropping the rest of the group to eliminate their heads.  I figured that would reinforce her as the focus of the image, and by making everyone else faceless, they ceased to be subjects and became part of the background instead.
  • I processed the skin tones to be a bit more yellow than usual.  I thought that would match the nice red wall behind Lauren.


February 15 2009 08:37 pm | Photography

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