When doing portraits in Miami, most of my clients request outside photo shoots showing off the beautiful scenery that we have here: miles of beaches, beautiful ocean, lush trees, plants and flora–all of this makes for simply stunning backgrounds in images. But Amy wanted her portrait to represent the area of Miami that her project is focused on: one area of inner-city Miami. So we met downtown, scouted out a couple of backgrounds and started shooting. Now, normally when doing portraits you want to avoid cars in the background of your photo……so what did we do? We did the opposite of conventional portrait photography. We chose one of the busiest intersections with lots of traffic and had the cars zooming by and blurred out. But Amy remained motionless so she literally “pops” off the background of the blurry cars. It’s a cool effect but it meant Amy had to stay still for awhile. I was using a shutter speed of 1/10 of a second. I know it sounds fast but it isn’t. And it worked! I love the results.
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