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Thanks to warhammer for this original portrait:

Every Portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist-"Oscar Wilde".

Portrait of a women in Nairobi, Kenya.

Leica M9 + Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 @ f1.4


How did I light this? 1 or 2 lights? Gridded studio light(s)? Fresnel lens? Snoot? Gridded strip box?


Any ideas?


OK the answer is none of those. My Cateye bike light handheld (left hand) shot in a lift after a model cigarette break and Leica M9 camera in right hand pre-focused with hyperfocal distance.


It's nice to keep it simple sometimes and I was able to show how you can use any light source for portrait photography as part of the photography tuition.


Taken with Nikon D700 and 70-200 VR at Rau Sadului

We are proud to introduce our first official model as part of our creative photography team. Evangelia, is a global athlete and a wonderful person with whom we are going to explore the world of commercial photography.


Photography John Magas & Anthea Blanas

Model Evangelia Gkountroumpi

Retouch John Magas


Two Profoto light setup, Profoto 5' Octa and a Profoto white beauty dish. A white Vflat from the right bounce the light back and a silver reflector lighting up her neck.


Profoto Acute 2400r generator, Pocketwizard and Sekonic light metering, Also scene calibration with ColorChecker Passport - X-Rite.


Skin Retouch and Color Grading by John Magas


ISO 100, F9.5, 125, Hasselblad 3D-31



Portrait, Florida 2013. © J.J. Taylor. No usage without prior written consent. All Rights Reserved.


*Featured as an Admins Choice image for April 2014 in the Illuminations Group (

* Studio portrait by Julia Ivanova *

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photo by jonathan cain

editing by ankha

Model: Ankha

Pearl 1967 (second print)

Tri-x, D76

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