Sorry, read most of these posts but not all... They are in fact my photos though and it has been a very interesting read seeing people's guessed at what I did! Only noticed this due to a sudden influx of views on my blog - so thanks for that!
Anyways... I'll enlighten you all:
1) Is natural light and (I don't think) any reflector either. The sun was over my shoulder but behind thin cloud so was essentially a sky wide softbox... really nothing more complicated and other than basic sharpening, few curves and vignette I didn't really do much to this one. Sorry to those of you who thought this one was flashed, certainly wasn't!
2) This was with sun behind her through thin cloud and reflector off to my left, just to add a touch more light but hardly any, as the sun wasn't out.
3) Was the same, but a lot more PP work.
Some general notes, also, are that no ND was used, just very low ISO... and don't believe I even had my flash with me for those ones...
All of the strangers shots, which can be seen in full here: (Don't worry about logging in)https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.217692531582977.61336.152850401400524&type=3
These were all natural light, no modifications but with carefully chosen buildings, shadows and walls wherever possible... obviously this is quite variable though... general single rule was to never take it in direct sunlight.
Anyway, ereka was write:
Hi guys, Im having trouble taking my portraits to a level im happy about. Could someone explain to me how these were done, the first link being my faveourite. Has he used flash? If so would he have used an ND filter for shallow DOF?
Also if you look through his 'Strangers' Collection here im impressed with most of the light. Quite soft. I cant avoid worse shadows and hot spots when i try. Maybe im not post processing enough?
Some thoughts on this would be excellent.
Maybe I'm stating the obvious, but is there any reason you can't just ask Mat?
Why did you not just ask? Would have been much easier! Thanks for looking though