Podcast 210 : Indoor Portrait Shoot Walk Through

Lem Fugitt and I first met virtually a while back, when Lem asked some advice when he was getting ready to buy a new camera. Then Lem commissioned me to shoot his portrait for his professional profile image, which I was happy to do. I haven't done a lot of...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Peter Jones
    Posted at 02:35h, 29 September Reply

    A very respectable set of images of a clearly respectable man. I can see why you like the 85mm 1.2, the shallow depth of field on the suited shots really draws the eyes to Lem’s face as the suit itself blurs away in the bokeh. Lem has every reason to be pleased with the results

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 13:02h, 29 September Reply

    Thanks Peter!

    Yes, the 85mm 1.2 is an amazing piece of glass. I wouldn’t like to do portraits without it. The 135mm F2 is another great portrait lens, but you need a big room/studio to be able to get far enough away for a head and shoulders.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how the new 100mm Macro IS L lens works out in these situations as well.


  • Al
    Posted at 15:26h, 29 September Reply


    Another fine job!

    I am curious to know whether there was a reason you decided not to convert a few of these fine portraits in to black and white?

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 18:30h, 30 September Reply

    Thanks Al!

    I actually did do a few B&W versions, but they didn’t do a lot for me. Definitely not anything that I felt I would like to share.

    I might revisit, as I love black and white, this set just didn’t seem to work that well IMO.


  • Jonathon
    Posted at 02:48h, 01 October Reply


    Thanks for another interesting and informative podcast. You’ve given me some great tips on improving my portraits. Cheers!

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 18:02h, 06 October Reply

    Thanks Jonathon! I’m pleased this helped out.

  • Sergio
    Posted at 00:57h, 01 December Reply

    I think i’ll jump forward to this episode straight away. so I don’t have to “cheat” with photoshop to create the right lights in portraits!
    very impressive use of shallow dof; i can never do without my 50mm at 1.8 for portraits but it pales in comparison to the effect of your 1.2! really impressive level of sharpness on the whole of the face and not just the eyes

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