Miguel Quiles's picture

Dramatic Beard (Sony A7II)

I had the opportunity to teach a "Dramatic Portrait" class at Adorama this past weekend. A few days prior I managed to pick up the new Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.8 lens and was eager to give it a try. Here is one of the first images captured using it on the Sony A7II.

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Peter House's picture

Incredible how well you captured the character. I feel like I've known him for years just by looking at this. You sir are a master.

Miguel Quiles's picture

That's very high praise, thank you! I was fortunate to have him attend my seminar. He was exactly the face I was looking for to demonstrate this lighting.

Michael Julius's picture

Beautiful work with that sony. That 85 is so excellent !! Awesome shot!

Andrew Strother's picture

Man, I love this shot. Great subject and the lighting brings everything together.

Joakim Drake's picture

This! Very cool portrait. How did you do the lighting? Simple setup with large softbox camera right? The intensity of the eyes is remarkable.

Miguel Quiles's picture

Thank you! This shot was taken during one of my presentations at Adorama, and they recently uploaded the entire thing online! You can see it here> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiQpmrXYOwQ

Joakim Drake's picture

Excellent... I made it to "I have been known to be an anti-apple guy", then I just had to stop watching the vid. (just kidding, I'll watch it in its entirety but then I will not like you. I also kid about that last sentence. Almost.) j/k

Miguel Quiles's picture

LOL! You'd be surprised how many people see me open a Windows laptop at a presentation and immediately roll their eyes ;)

Joakim Drake's picture


Don't worry, I won't roll my eyes. I'm in both camps.

This guy had the expression nailed in the first few shots. Very impressive. Big softbox camera right was a correct assumption, but the way you used the flag was new to me. Again, a very nice portrait you made from just a few shots despite the worthless USB cable :)

Mike Leland's picture

Why the heck would somebody downvote a link to really good information?

Joe Watson's picture

This guy looks like a total badass, great portrait.

Norman Straw's picture

This photo just blasted me off!! Totaly incredible!

Rui Bandeira's picture

perfct lighting.

Helene Titsch's picture

I'm just starting to experiment with lighting using my Nikon. Also shoot with a Sony A7II but don't, as yet, have a flash. I aspire to shooting this type of portrait. So excellent!

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Francois Vendiol's picture

You are one true portraitist Miguel, brilliant work.

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Anonymous's picture

great work

EMMANUEL owusu-prempeh's picture

incredibly beautiful headshot,you are a GEM

M D's picture

This is great

michael chiaretta's picture

:) beautiful portrait. simple, no fuzz. just perfect.

Damian Piórko's picture

great portrait!

dan-shortt's picture

Very well done, it's amazing what a window can do.

tom ward's picture

Like the skin color and overall sharpness but find the rectangular light box reflection in the eyes a distraction.