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Watch Creating Photographs: Portrait in the Pen on YouTube

In this week's Creating Photographs video I go over a portrait created at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia PA. We had a few models and the perfect day. I go over my settings, the story of how I created it and a few posing tips. Keep Shooting!

Portrait in the Pen Portrait in the Pen by Cazillo, on Flickr
Camera Nikon D3S
Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 160 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Copyright Gregory Cazillo
Exposure Program Manual
Max Aperture Value 2.8
Metering Mode Multi-segment
Exposure Mode Manual
White Balance Auto
Lens 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8
Approximate Focus Distance 7.08

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0 # Jeff 2012-06-14 09:42
Greg great video - would you mind sharing your sharpening settings your images always look so tack sharp!
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-06-14 09:58
Quite easy, two steps. Step one make sure the image is in focus when you shoot it. Step two apply output sharpening in Lightroom. Sharpen for: Screen, Amount: Standard for the web.
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0 # Jeff 2012-07-20 14:52
Hey Greg,

I recently acquired a used D3s and all I can say is the camera's focus is sharper/more accurate than any other Nikon I have owned (D700 comes in close btw). I also own a D800 and I think the image quality I am getting from the D3s as far as sharpness is better on the D3s. The D800 is a great camera for dynamic range and all but I believe my D800 might need to go in to Nikon for an AF Test. I have had a D5000, D90, D3100, D700 and now currently own the D3s and D800. I can see why you have no desire for a D4 the D3s is and still will be amazing camera for many years to come!
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0 # Roger Dutton 2012-06-14 17:23
Greg, Thanks for the preset. I was interested because I converted a picture of my granddaughter to B&W recently www.flickr.com/.../photostream

keep up the good work, it is appreciated

regards,

Roger
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0 # kleemy 2012-06-14 18:25
Hello Greg, a very interesting video again. Did you turn VR on in this situation? Not that the shutterspeed would have required this but just to compensate some camerashake?
Thx and regards Olaf
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-06-15 09:49
I think I had VR on because I was shooting indoors earlier and needed it. Wouldn't make a difference in this situation on or off.
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0 # Stephen 2012-06-15 04:26
Greg
Did you set the Aperature and Shutter 1st and let the ISO fall where it ended up? (as you always say)
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-06-15 09:49
Yes although I could tell right away I needed to be at ISO 200 even before I used the in camera meter.
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0 # Stephen 2012-06-15 04:27
link for preset doesnt work :(
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-06-15 09:47
Its not a link...once you sign up for the newsletter you will receive a copy of it in an email.
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0 # Fran 2012-06-15 12:45
Hi Greg!
I have just seen this video and I have a question for you: I am planning a trip to Philly this september and I want to visit the Pen. Could you please give me any advices or places to take pictures? I have a D4 and the 2.8 nikon 14/24, 24/70 and 70/200.
All suggestions will be welcome.
Best regards,
Fran
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-06-15 13:35
Look for the light...there isn't much of it there. Its a good challenge.
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0 # Pete 2012-06-17 10:55
Enjoying your tutorials, Thank you. Would there be the possibility of seeing the original raw file, to compare to the finished B&W photo? Thanks Pete :-)
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-06-19 11:20
Sorry Pete I'm pretty protective of my images and don't put them out there for download.
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0 # Pete 2012-06-19 14:05
Fair enough thanks.
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0 # Rush L. Workman 2012-06-25 23:23
Why are you allowed in the "pen" to take portraits? What is the purpose? Extremely interesting concept. Who supplies the clothing and make up? How many pictures are you allowed to take? Who selects the models? Great video. I learn a lot from you.
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-06-26 10:08
Because its there! I don't know the answers to your questions. I didn't shoot a lot since I was teaching a friend a lot. One of the other photographers contacted the models.
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0 # kg 2012-06-28 12:44
tbh, she's too central and the pose looks awkward, uncomfortable here.
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-06-29 09:34
Not at all.
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