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Published on February 10, 2015 by in Fashion
 
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You Can Do It: Use a Reflector For Dramatic Eyes in Portrait Photography

Published on January 23, 2015 by in News

Making sparks fly in lackluster light

Maja Topčagić, a 25-year-old photographer and photo retoucher from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has a passion for photographing blue-eyed redheads. “Statistically, only about one percent of humanity has the combination of blue eyes and red hair,” says Topčagić. Her website presents some of the prettiest of that one percent in dozens and dozens of photos. “I started the project almost a year ago, and every month the collection grows,” says Topčagić, herself blue-eyed and occasionally a redhead.

Her go-to lighting for these alluring portraits is the ambient light of an overcast day, early or late when the low-lying sun throws an overall warm cast. For this shot, the light’s yellow/orange hue brought out the warm tones of her model’s hair and freckles, and, because it was diffuse, the lighting didn’t throw shadows across her face. In some ways, it’s perfect portrait light.

But it has a downside. Flat portrait lighting tends deemphasize a person’s eyes. Since one of Topčagić’s main intents was high-lighting the intriguing contrast between cool blue eyes and warm hair, flat light was a problem.

To solve it here, she turned to a circular silver lamé reflector. An assistant aimed it toward her model’s face, where it gave a specular, sparkling quality to the light that helped to accent the blue in what otherwise read as gray eyes. “Even though the model had really big, vibrant blue eyes, the reflector was needed to highlight them in just the right way,” Topčagić says.

Want to make a similar portrait yourself? “Choose wisely the part of the day that you photograph,” says Topčagić. “Go for the most beautiful light. Sunrise or sunset will almost always work. Take a model with you and experiment from a lot of angles.” For location portraits, she often has her subjects lie flat on a hillside and shoots down on them. The strategy allows her to spread out the red hair so it becomes a more important element in the photo. If properly oriented, the hillside can also block direct sunlight, allowing you to shoot on sunny as well as overcast days.

To light her redheaded model, Maja Topčagić relied on the warm-hued sunlight of late afternoon (A). Diffused through a light cloud cover, the sunlight was directional enough that an assistant could bounce it toward the model with a circular, collapsible, silver-lined reflector (B). It popped the subject’s eyes, accenting their blue tones. She shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the 50mm f/1.4 Canon USM lens (C). Of her exposure, she says, “I always choose the aperture first, and then decide on the shutter speed and ISO. Once I have my aperture, with the light of the reflector in place I adjust first the shutter speed and then ISO.” She sets the slowest shutter speed that will assure a sharp subject and the lowest possible ISO. Of her passion for freckles Topčagić says, “They were once considered unsightly, but today freckles are making a comeback. Illustration: Kris Holland/Mafic Studios

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Photo by: Popular Photography Magazine Editor

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Topčagić exposed for 1/250 sec at f/4, ISO 100. The three settings are called “the exposure triangle” in her part of the world. Photo: Maja Topčagić

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Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom

Published on January 22, 2015 by in News

In a new blog post, Adobe has said Lightroom 6 will require a 64-bit operating system, meaning it will only run in 64-bit versions of Windows 7, or OS X 10.8 or newer. The announcement suggests Lightroom 6 will continue as a stand-alone application, ra…

 
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Light and Motion launches Sidekick companion light for GoPro on Kickstarter

Published on January 22, 2015 by in News

Light & Motion has introduced a new GoPro companion light called the Sidekick, and is seeking funding for its production on Kickstarter. The Sidekick is designed to attach directly to the GoPro’s existing mount, eliminating the need to carry a…

 
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Kredo Is Format’s New iPad Portfolio App

Published on January 22, 2015 by in News

This free iPad app showcases your art portfolio 
Format, a Canadian-made platform founded in 2010, is primarily a sandbox style portfolio site creator. They offer photographers (and other creative professionals) slick templates for creating online…

 
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Kredo Is Format’s New iPad Portfolio App

Published on January 22, 2015 by in News

This free iPad app showcases your art portfolio 
Format, a Canadian-made platform founded in 2010, is primarily a sandbox style portfolio site creator. They offer photographers (and other creative professionals) slick templates for creating online…

 
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What Camera Kit You Get For $1000

Published on January 22, 2015 by in News

If you had $1000 burning a hole in your pocket, what camera kit could get? Kai and Lok pick their choice of camera, lens and other accessories for $1k – what would you go for?

 
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Rode unveils RodeLink wireless audio system

Published on January 21, 2015 by in News

Australian microphone maker RØDE has announced a new digital wireless system called RØDELink. It uses 2.4GHz transmission with 128-bit encryption while transmitting on two channels simultaneously. The system can monitor and change frequen…

 
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