The Trocadero is one of the most famous area of Paris located across the Seine from the Eiffel tower. It provides an excellent ground for urban photographers but also for portrait shoots, as the Eiffel tower is a very recognizable landmark, including in an out-of-focus background.
The day was overcast but the light was bright and the Trocadero floor very reflective, which provide excellent conditions for a portrait session without the need for any speed lights. I did use a small reflector for some of the shots though it did not make a large difference.
As always, I used my trustworthy “nifty-fifty” 50 mm lens to be able to throw the background out of focus by selecting a large aperture (f/2 to 2.2 in most shots). This kind of effect is not possible with a regular kit lens but is absolutely necessary for a clean portrait.
The brightness of the sky has been reduced in post-processing using the radial filter tool in Lightroom. The overall temperature and saturation of the background has also been reduced to give an evening feel.
I used typical portrait edits in Lightroom, for the eyes, hair and lips, which I will describe in more details in a future post. The saturation of the hair was increased so that it stands out as the main colorful element.
The edits were completed with the frequency separation technique, in Photoshop, for the skin and a little bit of dodge & burn on the image for added contrast, smoother transitions and volume.
Moving down toward the Eiffel tower, I took a couple of full-body shots which have turned out quite nice and interesting.
Finally, moving on to the Pont d’Iéna, we had fun hitchhiking (I was afraid someone would stop and take my model :-)).
I hope you like this post and the portraits, I certainly had a lot of fun in this photo shoot thanks to my model! Do not hesitate to comment, ask any question, or provide constructive feedback.