Thursday, June 15, 2006,9:37 PM
This is a regular portrait session, everything is under control. I take my time, relax and they co-operate.

These are shot under artificial light, using a flash. controling the light is important, you have to make it like natural light, for me shadows are more important than the light. Shadows bring dimensions in a portrait.

Here comes a portrait session with a difference in the post below, nothing is in my control, I am at their mercy. There is nothing much to write here, but there's a lot to write in the post below.
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  • 1:39 AM, Blogger Patty

    Oh, Rauf, these are SOOO beautiful!!! They make me want to cry.....and smile at the same time.

    I'll have to show my mom these later today. I showed my mom several of your photos some days ago. She thought they were very beautiful.

    I have read all your posts(which I haven't commented on)-they are WONDERFUL!

    I have finally been given some time to comment on your site. You are the one person I've felt most awful about for not commenting for so long. I've visited your sites often, but I usually only have a very small amount of time, so...not long enough to write or think of everything I wish to say. I have not been ignoring you. I'm truly sorry for not commenting sooner. Sometimes I'm lazy as well and just read/look at people's sites without commenting & before I know it, I haven't commented in ages & feel very bad. Hope you understand.

    Hugs & love!

  • 2:38 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Dear Patty
    You don't have to apologise as I don't remember I have ever complained to you about ignoring me.

    Incidentally this post is connected to the one below.
    Thanks anyway.
    lots of love and huggs

  • 6:29 PM, Blogger miss terri

    i like them, but i like the spontanious ones more, i think.

  • 6:43 PM, Blogger Rauf

    These are my regular portraits Miss Terri, used for making brochures and CD covers, two of them are Carnatic singers (Carnatic is south indian classical music) and the last one with temple jewelry is an actress who twice won the National award.(highest acting award in India)

  • 11:41 PM, Blogger Claudia

    Very poetic and artistic. The light, the pose, the expression: must involve a lot of work.

  • 6:43 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Been taking portraits all my life Claudia, I mean ever since my sister presented me with a plastic box camera while I was in school. Studying light is a complex subject. I have been observing faces while traveling, railway stations bus stations, festivals. People look different under different lighting conditions. Its not the light but its the shadows that brings out the personality.

  • 8:50 AM, Blogger Ruth

    I believe you that it takes a lifetime to understand how light and shadow affect perspective on a face. Just beginning photography myself, it is still quite a mystery, but maybe it never stops being mysterious. It's just going with the mystery that makes it fun! Very nice work, such lovely faces and portraits.

  • 10:47 AM, Blogger Sangita

    I loved the VaijantiMala one..She is looking soo pretty..These r potraits and u took pic of them in different lighting conditons or u made them as well

  • 6:39 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Most interesting subject Ruth, been studying lots of paintings from my younger days. I am not good at art, I have not even tried, been wasting my time all my life doing nothing. I try to make a portrait look like a painting. not much work really if you can manage the shadows by asking the person to turn the face and by shifting your position. The source of light is one always, but reflected light comes from various directions. I always prefer diffused indirect daylight. you can diffuse it further by a screen like tissue paper of any kind, Any white semi transparent material, (I use gateway paper used by architects for drawings) the shadows on the face become softer. Light hitting the floor and reflecting on the face give shadows at wrong places which is not good to look. The shadow of the nose falls into the eye. Side light from the Window is fine, the best place is always a portico. If you make the person sit near the end(not AT the end) of portico you get little light from the top and indirect light from the side. To make the shadows a bit brighter, you can ask some one to hold a white cloth or paper, (I use big calenders), as reflector on the opposite side of the source of light. The most important part is the light should be minimum. I understood this by oberving a stray cat which used to visit our house years ago, My room is a favourite place for all the visiting cats, they litter under my bed. The cat looked very beautiful in my room in low light but it looked aggressive in strong light. Its the eyes which make the difference. Any one looks better under low light as the pupils in the eyes are dialated. Large opening of the pupil under low light makes a better portrait, eyes are fully open with no strain of facing the light. First thing you have make sure is that the person's eyes are relaxed. If the person eyes are strained, its better to change the place.

  • 6:52 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Sangita, the top portrait is Bombay Jayashri, the next is Anuradha, both are well known Carnatic singers, the last one with temple jewelry is Archana, she won National award twice.

    I use the same light but from different directions depending on the person, Some times I change the tone on the system. I did not understand your question Sangita.
    If you mean the backdrop, yes I paint the backdrop. All the above pictures were taken on film Camera.
    I'll post digital portraits later.
    Have you read the post ?

  • 5:57 AM, Blogger Ruth

    Rauf, you may not draw, but you are an artist. These portraits ARE like paintings. Those are very good tips about lighting on faces. I agree, the softer the light, the better. I'm still a bit timid about people photos, and I need/want to practice. Thank you for the helpful tips.

  • 1:48 PM, Blogger ari4u

    I perfectly agree that shadows play a very important role in composing a picture. AWESOME pictures. It's like magic how you convert your studio to look like an exotic and enchanted location. I have so much more to learn from you. You are my guru :-)

  • 9:51 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Ruth you can start with the members of the family, friends they will be too willing to pose for you. Portrait is the most popular subject in painting and photography.

  • 9:55 PM, Blogger Rauf

    My Favourite model is sitting near Buckingham palace Aamir. She's been my guinea pig., I used try all my experiments on her. No experiments now.
    Saw mom and dad on saturday. had murukku.

  • 4:48 PM, Blogger ari4u

    Yeah, mom told me you met them :-) Which model are you talking about near the palace? Sorry if this is a dumb question.

  • 5:19 PM, Blogger Rauf

    whattoo ? Aamir me tokkeen about our man Lady Boo

  • 11:14 PM, Blogger ari4u

    hahaha... i know that boo... sneaky character she is, but you manage to do an excellent job with her pictures. I always loved them.

  • 10:28 PM, Blogger Nancy

    I really adore these portrait photos! So decoratvie! Lovely post processing too =)

  • 12:39 AM, Blogger Rauf

    I paint the backdrops Nancy, and later give different brush strokes in the system. All the three portraits here are done on a film camera. Its lot easier with a digital but with one drawback, Even a longer lens gives less depth of field, so I blur the picture a bit on photoshop to make it soft, one layer being sharp the other layer a slight blur and reduce the opacity till you get the diffused effect to your satisfaction.


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