So far I have been really pleased with how my beard / facial hair series has been going. To be honest, it’s more about character and personality than the facial hair alone. I mean just look at these faces! The look in their eyes. I have created my own workflow with my Nik Software plugins (Viveza 2 and Silver Efex Pro 2 primarily) to create these fantastic contrasty and textured black and white portraits. Doesn’t hurt that I light these portraits for the post production process. I still plan on doing a screen capture video tutorial of my process. Just keep an eye on the blog (as I always say)!
My assistant Amanda has been doing a great job helping me recruit some interesting and cool dudes for the series. Yesterday I captured the portraits of 6 more men, spending about 10-20 minutes with each subject, most of whom have never been professionally photographed. Everyone was an excellent sport, especially Tom, who we poured cold water on his head.
Many have asked how I have lit these portraits. I included a set shot taken by my friend Drew Xeron of my lighting setup. All photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark 2 and the 100mm 2.8L Macro set to 1/160 and f/11. Also, if you’re wondering, I am shooting this setup at Union 206 studios in Alexandria, Virginia.
Would love to hear your thoughts. Also, have some facial hair and want to be in this portrait series? Just comment on the post and my team will get back to you as soon as we are able.
(More photos after the break)