Monday, October 09, 2006

Present portrait options

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

(Above and right) Anthony "Val" Volentine, business manager and financial secretary-treasurer for the Pipefitters Local 195, poses for a portrait at the Pipe Fitters Union Hall in Nederland on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006.

PJs often don't know how images will be laid out on a page. Consequently, it's best to present both horizontal and vertical options to the layout desk. For this shoot, I knew one image option would go in the Business Monthly magazine and the other would run on the business page. So, the two images wouldn't conflict in one publication.

The magazine had both options available and chose one for their needs. The business page could handle either option without difficulty.

Both images are basically similar in subject matter, but the lens selections, lighting and subject placement makes for two drastically different shots of the same thing. The first image is shot with a wide-angle zoom (17~35mm) and a flash with a softbox. The second image is shot with a 80~200mm zoom and the subject is holding a silver reflector to kick light into the shadow under his hat. Both options made publishable shots.

Enough for now,


Marie said...

I reckon you often encounter the wide brim hat dilemna in Texas. I like both images, but prefer the framing of the top one.

Mark M. Hancock said...

You get MORE bonus points. That's the one the magazine picked. ;-)