Photoshoot – Bernice Nel

The location:

We took the photo’s in Potchefstroom at two separate locations along the Mooirivier. The photos were taken between 15:00 and 16:00.

The settings:

Shooting in a forest environment got me some interesting filter-like effects, having to constantly play with the white balance, aperture and of course the ISO. Generally, my style has a high ISO because of the grainy look it gives – but to each his own.

Camera: Nikon D5100
F-stop: f/5
Exposure time: 1/800 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-1600
Exposure bias: -1.7 step
Max aperture: 3.6

The editing:

With most, I decreased the exposure, shadows, and blacks. I then increased the contrast clarity, vibrancy, and saturation. Of course, this varies per photo, but this gave me that lovely warm tinge. Thereafter my go-to is the curves adjustment and I fiddle around until I’m happy.

The model: Bernice Nel

She’s beauty, she’s grace. She’s more than just a pretty face.

Working with Bernice was a dream come true – as can be seen in the photo’s she’s a total natural in front of the camera. I very rarely needed to request her to pose or fix her posture – she just has the natural feel for it and really brought the environment into the shoot.

Contact / Feedback:

You can use Twitter or Instagram to tag or DM me, my username is @inHeinzsight. I’d love to get some feedback and am also open for bookings.

You can contact the model for inquiries, her Instagram handle is @nelbernice14.


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