Looking back at some of my favourite photos from 2018. For each of the 12 days (of Christmas) I’m sharing one of my favourite pictures I’ve taken during 2018.

Alice

#9 – Alice

I worked with Alice last spring to create some images and video for an upcoming video workshop. For most of the day we shot video, some tests of audio with multiple microphones and even some tips around white balance and getting consistent colour for interviews. At the end of the work there was a little time for a short photo shoot. Even though the video elements had all used lights, the photos were lit with natural light from a large window.

The window had net curtains to add to the diffusion, though the finest cloudy Essex skies outside also added to the soft light. Alice sat on the floor and I shot through a pot plant for something a little different in the foreground for the shot above. It seems that my EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens got a serious workout in 2018, Lightroom shows it was used for almost twice as many pictures as any other lens I own.

Camera settings – Alice #1

  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • 1/100s, f/2.2, ISO 400

I was so tempted to use this second picture as the main one, but there’s been a lot of monochrome in the last few days, so it’s been switched to second spot. Lighting is exactly the same as above, the only difference is that Alice is now stretched out on the sofa facing towards the window, and I’m on the floor in about the same place as she was in the picture at the top.

Alice

I was so tempted to use this second picture as the main one, but there’s been a lot of monochrome in the last few days, so it’s been switched to second spot. Lighting is exactly the same as above, the only difference is that Alice is now stretched out on the sofa facing towards the window, and I’m on the floor in about the same place as she was in the picture at the top of the post. As she’s further from the window, the light was slightly lower, so I slowed the shutter and raised the ISO a touch.

Camera settings – Alice #2

  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • 1/80s, f/2.2, ISO 500

I’ve noticed that in 2018 I did more shoots with natural light as the sole light source, this is the second on to make my top 12 photos of 2018, picture #4 was the other one so far.

See you tomorrow for another picture…