Featured Photographer: Jon White of JM White Photography
I am a portrait photographer specializing in contemporary portraiture. I enjoy creating portraits of beauty and fine art.
Storytime – PCPPA 2017 Print Competition: Award of Merit, PCPPA 2nd Place in Portrait Category.
Nikon D750, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 640. Camera left and behind: Studio strobe in 24”x36” softbox bounced off 5’x8’ white foamcore. Above subjects: Studio strobe with snoot and black foil aimed at book. Post processing: Photoshop CC 2017
The Long Game – PCPPA 2017 Print Competition: Award of Merit Portrait Category
Nikon D750, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 200. Camera left: Studio strobe in 24”x36” softbox bounced off 4’x8’ white foamcore. Camera right: White reflector. Behind and above subject: Nikon SB700 in 9”x36” strip box. Post processing: Photoshop CC 2017
My motivation for entering the print competition was so that I could have professional feedback from individuals who had no emotional attachment to me or the image.
This was an image my wife had in her mind for some time. One evening, while an elder relative was visiting, she asked me if I would make this image for her. She described the theme and I did the rest.
I enjoyed the print competition. I enjoyed sitting with peers, viewing which images they chose to enter, and hearing what the judges had to say.
I don’t think my experience at print competition will influence my approach to my photographs. However, one thing I came away with is that I will try to allow more time between my assumed final touch-up of the photograph and entering the competition. I think this will allow me to catch little distractions I did not notice while the emotions attached to the photograph were still running wild. With that said, after the helpful feedback from the judges I went home and modified the photograph a little further. I learned how to remove glare from eyeglasses using Photoshop. I also allowed more space between the subjects and the border, and chose a different tone for the stroke line of the border. (Refer to the final image in the slideshow above.)
Question 5) Is there any advice you would like to share with someone who is considering entering print comp for the first time?
Love what you do, and love your photographs.