POTD: Tiana Outdoors


Tiana Hunter

If you are out hiking and a beautiful woman asks you to take her picture, you should probably says yes!

We should all be so lucky, right? Well, we didn’t really meet by chance. Tiana is a first class model (and photographer too) living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our first photo shoot together was 8 years ago in Ohio. She looks terrific on location and in the studio so on my most recent trip to California I made arrangements for another photo shoot.

For the image above my exposure was determined by metering her face and adding one stop of light (“plus 1” exposure compensation). That gave me a nice exposure for her face glowing, backlit hair, and great skin tones. Exposure accuracy is essential to great colors (see the article in the links below).

For the lower photo with the water and sky reflection I metered the brighter side of her face and added 1 stop of light. The sunlight was diffused by clouds for the lower photo. If the sunlight had been more intense the photo would have been too contrasty.

One of the great things about working with first class professional models is they know how to pose. And if you want to make posing suggestions along the way, they can do that too. A good shoot has a fair amount of creative synergy. Tiana is superb.

If you are working with amateur models you need to make a lot of posing suggestions. Professional models save you a lot of time.

Tiana is currently using this photo for her Facebook profile which really made my day.

Photo Data (Bridge): Canon 5D Mark III. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lens at 73 mm. f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO 100.

Photo Data (Water and Sky): Canon 5D Mark III. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lens at 85 mm. f/11, 1/100 sec, ISO 100.

Originally posted August 21, 2016. Updated and re-posted August 31, 2016.


Tiana in the Studio

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If you want the best colors your camera can produce, you need great exposures (see the next link). Exposures that are off in the camera create color issues that you can’t correct later in Photoshop. That is why professionals are so obsessed with nailing the exposure. If your exposures aren’t spot on, read Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies, one of the highest rated books at Amazon.com. Learn more here and order it here.

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Tiana Hunter – Model

Tiana Hunter – Photographer