Marty by Dan Ostergren
December 15, 2018

For this shot I used natural lighting (a large window), and also used a painted canvas backdrop that I recently made myself. Making my own backdrop was one of the most gratifying projects I've done, and I feel like I added a very valuable new tool to my arsenal of photo gear. I would highly recommend that other portrait photographers try doing this! All I did was look up "How to make an Oliphant style backdrop" on Google, and used the different techniques and instructions that I found from various tutorials.
You might also notice the healthy looking "glow" on Marty's skin. This is from using spray-on sunblock. It gives the effect of adding a subtle shine to skin, without making it look greasy.
I'm all about saving a buck and doing the most while only having a little. In addition to the DIY backdrop and "makeup", and using available light, I also used an old Canon 5D Classic with a Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens attached. To me, that is doing the most while having the bare-minimum to work with. I guess I could have had more interesting styling than a simple pair of CK underwear TBH though.

85mm · f/2.2 · 1/100s · ISO 1000
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