Posts made on October 28, 2011

Emotion-free faces

October 28, 2011 10:00 am HKT No comments

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When we work on portraits, we always try to capture the many gestures and expressions of the model. If you are working with a model who is really professional and expressive, you will be extra busy, as you will have to press the shutter button more frequently. In case you are using portable flashes, make sure the flash is firing when you release the shutter.

Lately, I have been working on quite a lot of model portraits. The work flow, as I would describe it, is peering through the viewfinder searching for the right expressions. Somehow, I find the models’ facial expressions and gestures are more or less similar. I dare not say that I was fed up, yet I find it inspiring to shoot something different.

These mannequins are my new subjects. In fact, although they lack expression, to me their beauty and grace lie in the calm look on their faces. Next time, when you do a model’s portrait, instead of capturing the many different gestures before you, try looking for the beauty and grace of a motionless and emotion-free face.

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Equipment Setup

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Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1