Japan, Okinawa, Pentax 645D, Photography
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Karate Masters Portrait Project – Behind the Scenes

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Karate Masters Portrait Project - Photographing Masaji Taira

A few behind the scenes photos that James took on the last shoot. You can see the black velvet background I set up behind them and the strobe with beauty dish on a light stand. The strobe is connected to a flash generator which plugs into the wall. This is a much more cumbersome setup than simply using an hotshoe flash but I like the power, recycling time and flash duration I get with the studio gear.

Karate Masters Portrait Project

Karate Masters Portrait Project - Checking the shot.

I’ve mentioned it before, but when traveling or in the studio it’s great to be able to show the subject you’ve just photographed or the client the image. The large screen on the back of the camera is pretty good for this, but tethering the camera to a laptop (now possible with the 645D) would make this even better (but far more cumbersome).

Karate Masters Portrait Project

Karate Masters Portrait Project

With a clean black background and without the need to do beauty retouching, pretty much what you see on the back of the camera is going to be the final image. Back home I sort through the images make a couple of large prints as gifts for each master and then it’s on to the next dojo.

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