Weekly Top Pics

Paul Lucas

Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Paul Lucas! Paul specializes in portraits, bridal, fashion, and other areas of photography. Using his nifty Nikon gear , he captured these images highlighting many of his genres. 

I began taking photos with a Nikon N65 that I purchased secondhand back in 2011. I was actually a musician and had just lost my day job. My girlfriend at the time suggested I pick up a new skill/hobby. 

Style and voice are things I still struggle with. I know what is NOT my style: hipster, trendy, etc. I love angles, lines, color, and tones. 

I own a Nikon D200 and a Nikon N65, though the D200 was the main workhorse for these shots. My nifty-fifty (Nikkor 50mm 1.8) is the workhorse of my workhorse. For extra reach I use a Nikkor 70-300mm 4-5.6. All purchased from KEH

The head shot was taken in my apartment with one beauty dish as the key light and a bed sheet as the backdrop. 

For the image of the three models, we shot in an alcove at the back of a local beach house; all natural light. 

The fashion shot was done for an editorial. I used bulletin board paper as the backdrop, one speed-lite, and a great styling team

With the shot of the mother and daughter, I wanted to evoke a portrait from the past without being heavy-handed. I styled the session with a retro-latin feel. Still one of my favorite maternity sessions. 

 Never be afraid of temporary failure. Try and try again. Don’t over think things. My biggest mistakes are when I get too bogged down with the how that I lose sight of both what and why.

As for post processing, I try to keep it simple. Black and white images are roughly 90% done in camera. Color shots get a mild bump in exposure (I always shoot underexposed), I clean up minor blemishes, dodge and burn, then add a few actions and presets of my own design.

My inspiration is everywhere! Old movies, ancient cultures, and MUSIC! Songs play and I visualize a brief clip. Then, I approach each session as though I am capturing stills from that clip.

Thank you, Paul, for allowing us to share these photos! Check out more of his photography on his website www.paullucas.format.com and on Instagram  at @lvcasphoto.

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