[2/365] Singer & Songwriter Miena Yoo
January 2, 2010
Today my search for interesting faces took me to the local market and I found plenty of willing people that were happy to pose for me. The picture I chose today is of Miena Yoo, a local singer and songwriter and she very much enjoyed the picture taking. I guess you can see this in the image.
You can find more information about her music at mienayoo.com by the way. Very nice tunes.
With this experience today I am back on track to keep going with my portrait-focused Project 365. Although I believe these pictures are quite good, my focus the next days and maybe weeks will still be on approaching people, having them agree to be photographed, etc. Not so much the technical details of photography, but I also see a lot of room for improvement here... especially with the backgrounds.
By the way: the Moo business cards were very handy. I was able to give out the cards which I believe added to my seriousness. Also I told people I am an aspiring photographer, trying to build a portfolio of interesting portraits. Also, the word 'free' helps a lot. I encouraged all people to send me an email (and I noted the photo number/range on my business card) so I can send them the full resolution images.
And of course as I am still learning, I forgot a couple of thinks which I want to improve on over the next days:
- ask for the name, always, and remember it (I will buy a small notebook or so)
- have a pen ready that actually writes in Moo business cards. These cards are coated, it is really hard to write with a normal pen. Embarrassing... well, a little.
- keep an eye on the backgrounds and move people if a pole or so is in the background. There is no time for changing a lens, so asking to move a bit to the side is the easiest solution.
- If they are shy and not looking into your glass, encourage them to do so. I wished I asked one person today who agreed to have his picture taken to do so.
In post processing in GIMP, I just marginally increased the brightness and contrast, then applied a faded unsharp mask as I do with all my images.
I am again curious to hear what you think!