Shoot Report: Night Portrait of a Taxi Driver
If you follow @ImprovePhoto on Twitter, you may have seen the photo featured on this page two weeks ago when I tweeted my shoot. A few of you asked questions about the shoot, so I thought it would be an interesting article for today.
First of all, I was a bit disappointed with the shoot. The cab driver only gave me about 15 minutes for the shoot of his car and he only wanted to stand in for a couple photos. This made the whole experience… difficult. I think I could have perfected this shot with more time, but the shot still turned out okay.
As soon as I started shooting, I tried about 5 different angles to decide which composition was best. I used a wide-angle lens to draw the viewer into the photo and I got very close to the car’s headlights to make that the central focal point of the shot. I also stopped down my aperture to f/16 so I could get the streaky flare coming from the headlights.
Once I had my initial shot set up, I started light painting. In all, I took about 20 photos in the short time period I had to take the shot. The photo below is a single-exposure of the scene so you can contrast it with the final composition that is featured at the top of the page. I think the light painting really added a lot of flavor to the photo.
Is this the best picture I’ve ever taken? No, but it was a lot of fun. One of these days I’d like to re-do this shoot and see if I could get it right.
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