Rendering Intent

Rendering intent is a jargon phrase in my world. It pertains to the color conversion of a digital file to a tangible print. Long before there was a digital process, rendering intent meant something else. It’s how the photographer rendered the subject and the environment through lens selection.

This portrait involved a lovely subject and a subpar Nashville location.

Using an 85mm Nikon lens with a shallow depth of field allowed me to render with a particular intent in mind. The first priority was to minimize the distractions of the background. The other goal was to draw the viewer’s gaze to the subject’s eyes.

The black and white treatment was the last step in realizing what I had intended.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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