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A working photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Portrait of small business owner Brian Matura

Portrait of small business owner Brian Matura, May 26, 2011

Portrait of Brian Matura; May 26, 2011 Atlanta, GA.

Making a portrait is like driving a four wheel drive Jeep. Mostly you just need  two wheel drive but  sometimes you have to engage the front  differential for better  traction.  Likewise the portraits I make are mostly about character and sometimes it is about character and an idea. Actually that analogy is not completely true – you always have to have some idea percolating in the background for a portrait to be more than just a likeness. Portraits are also a collaboration between sitter and photographer, an in a good portrait there is a give and take. You can’t be just a director. as we were making this portrait we were talking about business and how it is going.  Brian is a small business owner  – a homebuilder and contractor — and  while the past few  years haven’t been easy  he has managed to survive. he was telling me  tells me  that the remodeling business has been picking up over the past  year (as  assignment work has been for me as well) so in a way this portrait of him is about the idea of surviving the ups and downs we all have to deal with, about character.

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  1. May 27, 2011

    The obligatory tech stuff:

    Exposure: ƒ/16 @ 1/125th, ISO 100. Processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.4 using a custom monochromatic preset.

    Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with an EF 85mm f/1.8 lens

    Lighting: Broncolor Senso A2 with two Litos head kit. The modifier on the key light was a 20″ Broncolor Beauty Dish and the accent light was fitted with a Chimera Super PRO small strip light with Lighttools fabric grid.

    Exposure: ƒ/16 @ 1/125th, ISO 100. Processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.4

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