Portrait of Business Owner
As I start to walk through, and get detail shots and also look for candid opportunities, such as the toast boys in the back room, I want to stop and actually get a formal portrait. So, not only getting details and really painting the whole picture, but talking with Ken, whose place this is, the Salmon Bay Cafe. I wanna get a formal portrait of him as the proprietor of this location, and so again, it sort of rounds out all of the different things. You've got candid shots, you've got details, you got interiors, you've got food, and now of course, we'll have a formal portrait to help round out a full travel story. So, my settings on this, since I've got plenty of good window light right here, maybe ISO 800. I mean, I keep it pretty shallow, I'm gonna shoot at 5.0, at least to start. Take a look, see how that feels. Also, I'm gonna probably zoom in to 35 ml. I'm gonna be pretty close to Ken on this shot. I like where he's at, he's at that bar, he's got a cup of coffee right there. So, I'm ...
gonna simply work straight up with these settings. I might use the exposure compensation way a little bit, try and brighten the shot up if I need it. Let me get a horizontal and a vertical. I'm gonna work quick, handheld. And it looks like I'm getting about a hundred 60th of a second, so we'll take a look and see how it goes. Alright, so if you look right. And then, it's also good to direct a little, if you're doing doing a formal portrait, you don't need to be as candid. You're not looking necessarily for authenticity or in the location itself, which is the authenticity we're gonna get. I'll tell him where to look and then I'm paying attention to the background, gonna wait for the background to clear a second. When the background clears, I'll fire a few shots. Obviously you don't want to interrupt the flow of the restaurant, and so, we'll give it a second. But in the meantime, I can took at my settings and see how they look. (camera clicks) Looks really nice, great window light coming across. Very soft, and in general the light in here is ideal for photography. Let me take another look, I'm gonna look at my horizon. And notice I'm kinda moving around different heights as well, taking a different angle. I wanna make sure it doesn't look too crooked. And you got a sense of place. I'm gonna put him a little off-center as I shoot, as well. I could put him in the center, I'll try different things, again, it's about capturing all the shots and bringing them together. I don't want to overthink it now, I want to edit in camera, either mentally or physically. So I'm just gonna keep gathering different shots. Again, horizontal and vertical, and just keep working the scene. (camera clicks in succession) And I'm gonna back up a little bit, get a little more room. Okay, and the background cleared. Ken, is that your best face as there? (laughs) There, that's nice. (camera clicks in succession) And then I like to try and get right about even with eyeline, and now I'll get a little closer. (camera clicks rapidly) Again, we want to give a magazine plenty of options when they're doing the edit. And one more natural laugh. I don't know how to make him actually laugh. (chuckles) Good, and then I wanna get one more, more candid shot. Ken if you don't mind, just take a look out the window right there. (camera clicks rapidly) Now what I'm gonna do is, I've got people moving around background, which is kinda cool. But what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna drop my ISO down to about 100. I'm gonna boost my depth of field up. So I'm getting about a 6th or a 8th of a second. And then, when somebody walks behind him. So that seems like it might be a little too slow, so I'm gonna go a little shallower. (camera clicks) I wanna keep it right around a 5th or a 6th of a second. So what I'm doing is trying to handhold as perfectly still as I can, get a bunch of frames, and then that way if somebody walks through, we have the sense of a busy place, a busy restaurant. Giving a lit bit more of a feel of the atmosphere, and things that are going on here in the cafe. So, soon as I see somebody coming through. And here it comes. (camera clicks rapidly) Alright, take a look. And perfect, you got the energy, got the shot I'm looking for, and overall we got a great portrait of Ken here in the Salmon Bay Cafe.