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Dylan Patrick
Los Angeles, CA
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I'm a professional photographer, part-time ninja and creative thinker. Specializing in headshots, portraits, hotel photography, architectural photography, common sense, bar wisdom and more!

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Christian Böcker's picture

Hi Dylan,
I am Chris from Aachen, Germany.
I purchased your tutorial some months ago but never had the chance to shoot due to weather and several other reasons. But two days ago, I shot my first cinematic headshot pictures.
Only with the knowledge I got from viewing your videos, it went very well. The RAWs are looking good and I can't wait to start postprocessing (I have to finish a wedding first ;-)). I will show the results in a few days in your Facebook group and I am really looking foreward to your C&C.
Your videos are great, you are doing a great job in explaining.

All the best,

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Hello Dylan. I'm from São Paulo Brazil and I am a grand fan of your work. My English is not so good, I can understand more than writing. I am using Google translator to communicate ... thank you technology! Continuing, I have a doubt about the radio flsh. I have a 5DmkII and YongNuo yn-622c. I tried a hss also held at the video but even in hss the flash light cuts on the person's face as I increase the shutter speed. It would be my fault or mechanical error? Thank you for your attention and I'm sorry for bad English.

Gaston De Cardenas's picture

Thanks for the info on the squinting subjects. I have been using Portrait Professional 10 for facial retouching. Any tips or would you use photoshop exclusively. Look forward to hearing from you


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Hey Gaston, I use Photoshop and Lightroom 100% I actually haven't tried Portrait Professional at all

Dave Oreshack's picture

Dylan, I am a professional videographer working in a corporate setting. You photos are amazing. I will buy The Cinematic Headshot course but I wanted know if the headshot techniques you describe in the course can be translated to video like in your promo video. Thanks.

Dylan Patrick's picture

Hey Dave! Thank you for the kind words! I'm not quite following what you mean exactly about translating it to video. Do you mean the lighting style, coaching, or something else?

Sohan Dewan's picture

You are doing amazing work man.

Dylan Patrick's picture

Thank you so much Sohan!

Thanks Dylan. Im all excited to watch the videos. I started Chapter 1. Which white balance settings did you use when you mentioned temperatures? Im not very proficient in setting white balance temperatures. Also, coould you tell me how to private message you . Again, thank you !

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Hey Gorge! My white balance was set to 4760 I believe, your best bet is to check your camera manual for how to set it but it will be under the K setting in Nikon's menu you press it and rotate the aperture dial to change it. But again just check the manual!

raymund picart's picture

Good day to you dylan. I follow your work and all of them are awesome and brilliantly done. Can i ask you a question? Do you think using a shoot through umbrella will work on your cinematic headshot technique? Well until i could save more money to buy a good octa. :)

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Hey Raymund! I apologize for the late reply. Thank you so much for the kind compliments. I absolutely think you can use an umbrella until you get an octa, you will struggle more with wind and the umbrella's won't stand up to it as well, but umbrella light is a beautiful light and would work great in low wind situations and make sure you have sandbags, or a backpack or bricks or something to weight it down!

Adam Bender's picture

Inspirational work. Thanks for all the information you make available.

Dylan Patrick's picture

Thank you for the kind words Adam! So sorry for the delayed reply!

Dylan, I have an older 70 to 200 Canon IS lens that is probably around 7 years old now. But it only goes to an F4. Can this lens with only an F4 still get the super soft background you get? Or will it just be good but not great? Need to know before I buy the tutorial. Have almost all the rest of your suggested equipment, just not the F2.8 you recommend (which, as you know, it a lot more expensive). Thanks!

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Hey Shannon! So sorry for my delayed response. To answer your question you won't get them quite as blurry but it will still be good depending on the distance behind the model you have to work with, and also depends on if you are using full frame camera or not. However my suggestion would be to use what you have first find a spot with some space, get the feel and lighting/coaching in your comfort zone and then upgrade when a few sessions can pay for it.

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Also there are more affordable alternatives you can use to the 70-200 2.8 I believe anything above 105mm is a solid length to work with. On my gear page we list some alternatives and you can get some of those used for even cheaper. Www.fstoppers.com/dylanpatrickgear

Chris Adval's picture

As you know, I'm a huge fan of your work in headshots as they're on-location, as well some of your fashion work like the cover photo here. Just curious as to how to get access to your locations, do you do what most other photographers do and shoot for a short time then go or ask permission and shoot for 1-3 hours in a setup shoot?

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Hey Chris! Sorry for the late reply! Thanks for the kind words too! Most of my Headshots in NYC were shot on my roof which I had permission to use kept things simple as I only lived one floor below the roof...I always suggest find a spot near you so it's easy to setup/breakdown. As I demonstrated in the tutorial, so many things look cool out of focus don't get hindered thinking you need a pretty spot. For some of my non headshot environmental portraits, I either asked permission or just did it and left. The shot above was taken in my local bar with permission in the morning before the bar opened. Otherwise just find the spots you want and go for it. I find if you try to be respectful, don't block foot traffic and try to keep a small footprint people rarely bother you.