Paul Rich

Photographer Paul Rich delighted us with this classic holiday image. Read on for the explanation of the technical approach he took to create it, but what really grabbed our attention was the expression on the little girl’s face. It’s a great moment and a great photo.

Thank you to everyone who shared their photos over the busy holiday period, and don’t forget about our current Facebook photo contest, “Snow,” running through the end of January.

Please tell us a little about yourself. What kind of photographer are you? Enthusiast? Professional? Amateur? Weekend Warrior?

I am a professional photographer, originally from the Boston area, who moved to Portland in 1998.  I currently specialize in weddings and portraits.

Tell us a little about the image and how you shot it:  your plan, technique, lighting, gear used, etc.

I was recently hired by the Marketing Manager at The Oregon Garden to document a Santa’s Workshop Event.  My goal for the evening was to capture the overall spirit of the event.  The image was captured on a Canon 5D Mk3 using the 50mm f/1.2 lens.  I used Pocket Wizards to fire a Quantum Q-flash firing at camera left up into the ceiling of the white tent to bring up the overall illumination and then also had an on-camera 580EX set at -2/3.  I find this setup allows me great versatility when documenting indoor events with lower levels of illumination.

Tell us about the post production process for this image. What software did you use and what adjustments did you make (if any)?

There was minimal post-production to the image.  Simple color adjustment in Photoshop

Where can people go to see more of your work?

Both our wedding and portrait work can be viewed at

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