A Garage Portrait

At the spur of the moment last Sunday evening, I decided I wanted to experiment a little. I do not own a studio, though I wish I could. So in most cases when I try an indoor Portrait, it is almost always next to window light. There are many different ways of using flash indoors, yes I know. But personally I am not a flash kind of photographer, and you will rarely ever see me use it. It’s just not my style. Being I am limited indoors currently, I decided to try something outdoors, which is where I photograph the most of course. I wanted to make a Portrait appear as if I were indoors, when truly I was not.

To accomplish this task, I made a special, little trip to the garage.


My resources are very limited. I walked to the garage and tried to figure out just how I would pull this off. I had nothing to hang anything up as a backdrop. Heck, I don’t own a backdrop. Outdoor girl<—remember? So I looked around some more, when I had the crazy idea of grabbing a dark blanket ( which is a dark maroon color btw ) and drape it over the backseat portion of a tractor/lawnmower, as you can see in the picture above. You will also notice that a trailer was attached to the tractor/ lawnmower thingy as well. I had to work around that. I grabbed my camera and tripod ( cannot forget the tripod! ). I placed on my camera my 50mm 1.8 lens and placed the tripod on the trailer that you can see in the picture above. I had that huge teal blue thing in my way, so I had to make sure the height of my camera was right above that. And once facing the camera with my back sorta against the blanket, I had to squat down to be at the right height. I had nothing to sit on. Which now leads me to the final result of my experience below…

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So what did I do? If I possibly had a black blanket on hand, I may had left this image in color. But I believe turning it into B&W just made it stand out a bit more. Also, if you zoom into the background you can see the texture of my blanket. If I didn’t already tell you that is what it was, would you have thought otherwise?

ย The back of the tractor was small, which made my backdrop not cover the entire area. So I cropped the image to where you could not see the outer edge. I made a few minor touch up’s, especially at the bridge of my nose which left a red mark from my glasses ( haven’t been wearing contact lenses lately ). And being that I could not see all well while holding my glasses, in my hands where you can’t see them, I had to be spot on not only in my position, but also in my expression. This took about 5 tries until I got it right.

The only lighting in this image is from natural light. There is no flash, no strobe lights or boxes. Yet it actually appears as if I may have used something. One of the greatest things I love about being a photographer is using the art of light manipulation. I like to make you believe you have an idea how something was formed, when it was in fact the complete opposite.

So there you have it. An indoor studio Portrait taken inside of a garage. ๐Ÿ™‚

Erin Parker


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