Photographing children – in this case granddaughters – is something I’ve missed doing for sometime.

Technique: rather than attempting to keep up with the granddaughters’ boundless movement and energy, I simply asked them, one at a time and with minimal distractions, to sit in a room with not too bright light from a window on the right.  So, simple window light, a light that I love; and trying to make sure that the backdrop was free of any distractions, because many types of image – certainly not portraits alone – can be ruined by overly intrusive backgrounds.  OK, sometimes such backgrounds can be dimmed or cropped out, but its really better to stare hard at the background, and at each photo’s periphery too, before the photo is taken.  And also, its probably true to say that the background will usually be more in focus that it appears when looked at, stopped down, through the viewfinder or camera screen.

I own few prime lenses but, as with all portrait shoots, I used my 105mm macro Nikkor, wide open at f2.8.  Focus was on the eyes and, focuswise, everything else was left to look after itself.  And yes, I did choose a Nikon camera – and a now long discontinued Nikon at that –  rather than the wonderful Fuji X-T2, because I wanted the shallower, full-frame depths of field, combined with the Nikon’s 100% sure, AF-ON, back button focusing.  And, finally, the whole plan is that these images should be created in black and white, with the very able assistance of Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 processing software – which is currently available, completely free of charge, here(note that this web page doesn’t actually say that SEP2 is compatible with Windows 10 – can anyone shed any light on this?  I’m currently using it with Windows 7).

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto this larger image to enlarge it yet again.

Technique: D700 with 105mm Nikkor lens; 4,000 ISO; Lightroom; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Warm Tone Paper preset and adding a tone.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

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  9. A truly classical look with a lovely sparkle in her eyes 🙂 Grandchildren are such a joy!


  10. LensScaper says:

    What a lovely portrait – I hope she liked it too.


  11. bluebrightly says:

    Beautifully done, just lovely. And I’m another Windows 10 and Nik user, no issues.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, I’m glad you like this – I enjoy this sort of shot and I vastly enjoy using SEP2 in the process. I have more such images in the pipeline. Good to hear about W10 and Nik, thank you. Adrian 🙂


  12. Wonderful portrait and light!
    I use the NIK collection on Windows 10 with the current version of Lightroom with no issues.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Ellen, thank you very much – and that’s very useful to know. As far as I know, Google are not developing the Nik software programs, and so the omission of W10 on their Nik website may simply be because the website is not being updated. Adrian 🙂

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  13. paula graham says:

    Expertly set up and executed.


  14. Dina says:

    What a lovely photos of a very sweet girl❣️


  15. Beautiful photograph and interesting content is well


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