2020 is nearing the end and it’s been a year dominated by a word few people had heard of; Coronavirus. It is also a year where being creative and making pictures was so important.

In February, when shoots with people were still pretty much working as normal, I was able to have a first shoot with Alethia Dawn, a lovely lady who worked with me on a series of photos exploring a range of lighting styles. Everything from a large ring light to large diffuser panels illuminated with the biggest soft box I had with me.

  • EOS R
  • TS-E 90mm f/2.8
  • 1/200s, f/3.2, ISO 100

The above image is one that combines the large soft light just out of the frame and a tilt-shift lens. I still enjoy the ease of using a TS-E lens handheld for portrait shots thanks to focus peaking on the EOS R. Always fun shots to put in front of camera club judges who believe that a lot of editing in Photoshop has been done to a photo, when in fact it’s the look almost straight from the camera.

  • EOS R
  • EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
  • 1/400s, f/4, ISO 1250

Here’s one of the shots with a ring light. I’ve chosen to use the ring light as the obvious frame to the image too. With Lightroom I added a radial adjustment to darken the edge beyond the ring light frame and the result clearly suits the circular light. One of the challenges with this kind os shot is ensuring you compose and frame accurately when taking the shot.

I had really hoped to work with Alethia again in 2020, but that’s not been possible, so here’s to wishing for another opportunity in 2021.

See you tomorrow…

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Full-time photo tutor and photographer. I love to share my knowledge and skills to make photos, videos and teach others. I write books and articles for photo magazines and I always have at least one Speedlite flash in my camera bag