MPH Portrait Spotlight – June (2016) Showcase
Hello people out there. We are back again with yet another showcase in our series “MPH Portrait Spotlight”. We are now featuring 10 inspirational portrait photographs from different photographers who are producing such an amazing work with their talent.
We also appreciate all the emails and featured requests we receive every week from all those wonderful artists.
Take a look what we have collected and do not forget to share their marvelous work. #mphportraitspotlight | #myportraithub
01. Part of music
Photographer: Emptyredhead | Deviantart Profile
Hello everyone, I am a photographer from Russia. I am 21 and a student.
This portrait is about us. We all are a part of art, music, cinema etc. We all consist of our hobbies. This is about it.
what I believe is: Don’t lose yourself in another person`s art. You should build your own way.
I used Canon 6D camera + Canon 50mm 1.4 lens for this photograph and for post processing work I worked on Adobe Photoshop.
02. Child of a fairy
Photographer: Darya Krupkina | Deviantart Profile | Instagram Profile
My name is Darya Krupkina, I live in Moscow, Russia, and work here. I speak russian and english, make photos a lot and always open for interesting things. For example, with some models I used to do photoshooting with almost ten people about southern gothic.
In my works I like to focus on dark sides of people and life. Doomed queens, ancient myths, dark fairy tales, ghosts and sometimes creepy things. Though my style is pretty I like to show more colors, more emotions.
In this work I wanted to show real Sídhe, celtic dark fairies. According to the legends, they used to steal real children. In real life we had to do shooting rather quickly because little Emily could be tired. And in real life they are mother and daughter.
Camera: SONY ILCE-7M2.
Lense: Sony 35mm f/1.8.
Lightning: Natural light.
Shutter Speed: 1/250 second.
ISO Speed: 100.
Software: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 (Windows).
Models: Elena and Emily.
Idea and style by me.
03. Vegetal Spirit
Photographer: Sophie Fontaine | Deviantart Profile | Facebook Fanpage | Flickr Page
My name is Sophie Fontaine, I’m a self-taught photographer and illustrator, based in Nancy, a city in north-eastern France. I studied applied arts, literature and animal cares before devoting myself to photography for 5 years now. I explore through my pictures a certain idea of nostalgia and poetry.
This photo is a self-portrait I took in the french forest, during summer 2013, guided by the idea of an union with nature, when body merges with its surroundings.
Giving a feel of peace and connection with the trees, the wind, the smells and silence of the forest.
I used a 35mm Canon camera, taking advantage of natural light. Then, no post processing on this picture. Only keep its authenticity, as a moment suspended in time.
04. Stare crepusculara (2015)
Photographer: Alexandrina Ana | Deviantart Profile | 500PX Profile
I am Alexandrina Ana, I’m 26 years old and I live in Bucharest, România. I have always had a crush on visual arts, and photography came as the greatest way for me to express and to discover myself.
The special thing about this portrait is that express a moment of introspection at the end of the day, the title means “Crepuscular state” and it was taken before sunset with Nikon D3100 and 55-200mm lens, 1/125 second, aperture F/5.6, focal length 100 mm, ISO 280. The location is Izvor Park which is situated in Bucharest on the right bank of the Dâmbovița river, near Casa Poporului (People’s Palace).
I work on the manual mode with my camera, I only use natural light and this portrait was edited in Photoshop CS6 and Photoscape. I wanted to restore the windy and cold of that evening of spring with blue shades and pale sun.
05. Little Girl | Liliya Nazarova
Photographer: Liliya Nazarova | Deviantart Profile | Instagram Profile
Hello, I am Liliya. I began to make a photo about 5 years ago. My husband bought me a camera – Canon 7D with a usual lens – 18-135mm. He always helped me, teaches how to use a camera. So after a few years I was a good photographer. Before photography I worked as a makeup artist in the cinema for a 7 year. And I always do makeup and hairstyles to my models by myself.
About this portrait. The mother of this girl wanted me to take a few pictures in the autumn forest with her daughter – Alya. Especially this portrait repeats one moment from the animated film from our childhood. I wanted to show happiness of Alya to everybody. That the girl can be simply happy! I used Canon 7D with lens 135mm f/2.0.
No need to use difficult post processing when you work with children, so I mostly applied colour corrections.
Photographer: Kristin | Deviantart Profile | Facebook Fanpage
Hello, I am Kristin, I am a 29-year old German girl – I studied Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Göttingen and recently obtained my PhD degree. I got into photography in 2011 and portrait people since 2014. I love colorful, dreamy portraits, but I also shoot fashion and street, animals and nature. I don’t won’t to stick to one category, because I love photography in general.
I took this portrait back in April 2015, with my old Canon EOS 600D (which should be the European equivalent to the Canon Rebel t3i) and a 135 mm lens with f/2.0. It was taken just outside my place, the fence is our neighbor’s and it is completely natural light. The dog in the picture is actually mine – he’s called Jax and is an almost two year-old Australian Shepherd (who was 9 month when the photo was taken).
I did not much on this photo: I slightly increased the brightness and masked some parts of the background (cars, street signs) to give the image an overall softer look. I slightly blurred the edges, and I set several highlights in the background . I also applied a color look to increase saturation and contrast whih in combination with the background highlights enhanced the sunny feeling of the portrait.
I also did a very basic skin retouch and doge and burn.
07. Lucka II
Photographer: Filip Špatenka | Deviantart Profile
My name is Filip Špatenka, I am 20 years old, a student of The school of stone and sculpture in Hořice and I am from the Czech Republic. I do not do photography professionally, It’s just one of my hobbies and I do it only occasionally.
I wanted to make an unusual portrait of my friend so we decided to find some interesting place in my hometown. I really liked the atmosphere of an empty stadium, cloudy weather and the layout of the rows of the seats. I used Nikon D5100 with 28mm f/2.8 MF lens. The lighting was natural. The post-production was done in Adobe Photoshop CC, where I color graded the photo to more blueish tones, added contrast etc. so the mood is more depressive. The eyes of model were higlighted. It was also necessary to change the color of back seats, because they were green, which did not go with this photo. I changed a little bit a perspective of them in the left upper corner as well, so the background is more symmetric.
Photographer: Máté | Deviantart Profile | Facebook Fanpage
Hello, I am Máté from Hungary, I’m 21 years old hobbyist photographer.
My favourite subjects are the self portraits with overwhelmingly heavy and melancholic elements. Most of my pictures are composed in advance and a product of a long planning process. I do post-production in Lightroom and the fine editing in Photoshop.
This picture is an exception because I made in crouching in my room. The lighting was provided by the window. You can see in the kid’s innocent look that he’s completely unfamiliar with the camera.
Camera I used was Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm F/5.6.
09. Elven mage
Photographer: Viktoria Martsun | Deviantart Profile | Instagram Profile
Hello, my name is Viktoria Martsun, I am 23 years old. I was born on the 15th of June in Moscow, Russia.
I working in graphic design and advertising for about 5 years. And I’m in love with photography for 7 years.
This photo is my self portrait. Each of us has a little bit of magic.
My camera: Canon EOS 60D
Shutter Speed: 1/100 second
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lightning: For lightning only natural light was used.
Post Processing: I added a blue light during post-processing. Also I drew a magical sphere, spent retouching and color correction. I used Adobe Photoshop CS6 for retouching and post-processing.
10. Beka + Blane
Photographer: Kinsleigh Hayes | Deviantart Profile | Flickr Page | Instagram Profile
My name is Kinsleigh Hayes and I am a photographer from Noble, Oklahoma.
I mainly focus on natural light portraits. This is a photo of my friend Beka, and her boyfriend of three years, Blane. It is one of my favorites, because it shows how happy they are with each other. This photo was taken at Sutton Wilderness Area in Norman, Oklahoma, right around sunset. I’m a big fan on fields – this one in particular. I loved the purple accents.
For this shot, I wanted to be sure to have the grass in front and behind out of focus, drawing the viewer’s attention to the couple in the center, so my f-stop was set to 2.0. I shot in RAW, because not only does it improve the quality, but it makes adjusting the images easier! All post-processing was completed in Lightroom. Adjustments were made with the temperature and tint, I smoothed the skin a tad, and added a bit of a vignette.
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