Meetup - Pepe in Shinjuku by night

Night portraits
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Welcome to this new article about my latest Meetup that took place on the streets of Shinjuku in Tokyo. We will see several things such as different framing, mirror reflections, shutter speed and ambiant light.

We started in a district of Shinjuku called Omoide Yokocho, which has the particularity of having many small streets, restaurants and different types of lights. How are we going to manage all this to make beautiful pictures? The first thing you need to do is to find the good areas and see how the light reacts and what are the different backgrounds available.


The first place we had was Omoide Yokocho, I asked our model Pepe to walk in the small streets and take natural poses.
Most of the lights came from the side and the top, they were strong enough and directional which is interesting to have beautiful contrasts, however we must be careful that the face of the model is not too much in the shade unless succeed in making a nice gradient.

The settings of the camera that I recommend is to be at the minimum aperture (in my case f / 1.4), a speed between 1 / 100 and 1 / 180, and control your exposure with ISO only. By doing this you will save a lot of time and your photoshoot will be seamless.

The following photos are not complicated to realize, since the opening is at the minimum you will have a nice background, make sure that the light on the model is beautiful, and that there are lights in background to have a nice bokeh. I advise you for full body photos to lay on the ground, focus on the face and take the picture, on this way you will lengthen the model and his body will be sharp.


For closer shots turn down slightly and focus on getting closer rather than playing with the zoom. The danger on close-up portraits is badly cutting hands, head, elbows or the bust of the model.
The goal is not to have the impression that the model is amputated a part of his body, so we must apply and ensure that the framing is harmonious.

Mirrors are good friends, or an enemy. Indeed it will be simple to see in or miss a nice angle. So take your time by turning from different angles and also play on the frame around your mirror, it's very important to add a graphic side to your image.


We continued our walk in places close to Omoide Yokocho by approaching the Kabukicho! We will continue on sober and graphic images and movement. I asked Pepe to make dance moves and this time I decreased my shutter speed to 1 / 4, it's pretty complicated to have beautiful pictures, but you have to be well stabilized, try to fit well the model on your frame and do a lot of photos!
On the second photo I was also 1 / 4 shutter speed, Pepe was in front of a bright wall and I waited for someone to go in front of her and shot to have this effect.


Little tips about the poses of the model, if you don’t know what to say or if your model is beginner avoid having too much control over it, just ask to be natural, to turn the head of a side then a another, to look at you and from time to time look elsewhere.
The model can also make movements with the clothes, for example with a dress she can catch it and turn it. Another nice pose is when the model turn around, and turn the head a little bit to you.
If you have too much control over your model, it will make quite improbable poses, the best is to give it a theme, and with your hand you only direct the face.

To finish this article I recently discovered an option on Lightroom that allows to recover the color profiles that are directly on your camera.
Go to edit on the right, choose profile, then click browse. In the Camera Match tab you will find these famous profiles!
Personally the color profiles that contain my Fuji XT1 are pretty good! I invite you to test this :)


I hope this article will have you more, feel free to give your opinion in the comments and follow me on Instagram @Kyonopics!