Portraits

Last weekend we visited our friends Fraser (my best man to-be) and his partner Suzie at their new flat. Fraser specifically asked me to bring some camera and lighting equipment so I could take his picture with Suzie, as they don’t have many “couples” pictures.

Needless to say, I obliged. I don’t often do portraits, but I do own a Mamiya RB67 which is a 1970s medium format camera. Its native environment is portraiture and fashion photography, so it was nice to use it for its intended purpose. While the camera, backdrop and lights were set up, Fraser also took some pictures of me and Hannah. It’s not often I have my picture taken, as I’m usually on the other side of the camera.

I’m not too experienced with lighting portraits, but on balance I’m quite pleased with how these have come out.

All pictures shot with Mamiya RB67 on Ilford FP4+ film, developed in Ilford Microphen developer. Group shots taken with Mamiya-Sekor C 127mm f/3.8 lens; individual headshots taken with Mamiya-Sekor C 180mm f/4.5 lens. Flashgun with white shoot-through umbrella camera left, speedlight bounced off a white wall camera right, flashgun behind subjects to illuminate backdrop.

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