Obama Portrait by Pete Souza

By now, you may have seen the new Presidential portrait of Barack Obama taken by official White House photographer, Pete Souza. Photographically speaking, this is a historic photo as it's the first time a digital camera was used to take a Presidential portrait. He used a Canon 5D MarkII.

Mr. Souza was also a White House photographer when Ronald Reagan was in office. He is a member of the online SportsShooter community. It was there that I first learned about his new book, "The Rise of Barack Obama". It soon went on to be a New York Times Bestseller. The back story of everything that led up to the book is fascinating. Check it out here.

A few days ago, Pete was featured on the Today Show. Check out the interview here.

He was also on NPR. You can read the article, and hear the broadcast on their site.

Since Pete used a digital camera for the shot, we get to see his camera settings with the exif data listed below.

Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Image Date: 2009:01:13 17:38:39
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 105.0mm
Exposure Time: 1/125
Aperture: f/10.0
ISO equiv: 100
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: Manual




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