A headshot that I took of an intense young actor with remarkable blue eyes. Canon EOS 7D 50mm f/1.4 at f/5.6 1/200 ISO 400The young actor steps into the light. She feels the warmth of it touch her cheeks, she feels the boards under her feet, she hears that peculiar silence of 200 pairs of eyes watching her, and she feels their anticipation. The theatre is old and battered, a thousand different actors have walked these same boards and felt these same things. She can feel their eyes watching her too. She takes two steps to the right, downstage centre right, and breathes deep and slow. It is time... to tell her story.
I teach theatre and I always take headshots of my actors as we prepare to perform. I knew that I wanted to do something to accentuate the red hair and blue eye of this young lady. I felt like putting her in a pose that was looking up at me, partially through her hair would draw the viewers eye in dramatically. I was using two off camera flashes using Cactus V4 radio triggers to light her. The key, at camera right, was in a shoot-through umbrella and was at a slightly higher power than the one at camera left. I wanted fairly even light but this did produce a small amount of shadow. Both lights were set low enough and the background was far enough back so that it went to full black. I also made a slight increase to the saturation levels of her eyes and hair in Aperture.
Below is the picture I took just before the image above. I feel like the two of them tell a bit of a story.