Studio Portraits from Taipei
by Per Jansson
I have a hard time deciding which theme to use for this blog, so bare with me if it changes back and forth for a while. The pictures in this post are from a series of portraits I made after I had my new camera (d800). The camera has the standard small format of 24×36 mm and it can be set to 24×30 mm (this is the same proportion as 4×5 or 8×10 – a classical format). This practically means that the space for the model become wider and he or she can move sideways in the image. Even if you put the model in the middle of the frame without any movement in the posture, it will still look more relaxed. Working in the studio with the d800, setting the frame size to 4×5 and using the live view, the work situation become very similar to using the old Mamiya RB67. One of the beauties of this workflow is that you as the photographer don’t have a camera attached to your eye all the time. You have real eye contact and can communicate freely through the whole process.