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Posts Tagged ‘Portraits’

Melanie Posterized

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Recently, I had the pleasure of shooting for the second time with Melanie, a young French model. Here’s one of the closeup portraits we did. Faithful readers will recall I often try to work hands into my portraits to add character and expression.

After making this fairly traditional edit in Photoshop, I decided to try a posterized version, which appears below.

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The posterized effect is an “artistic filter” in Photoshop. What do you think? Not to everyone’s taste for sure, but I think it works well for this photograph. To see the posterization more clearly, I’ve put a closeup detail of this image below.

Your comments and reactions are most welcome – either on the blog, in an email or a comment on my Facebook page.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Channeling Martin Schoeller

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Martin Schoeller is a very famous portrait photographer with a unique and instantly recognizaable style.

At right is a portrait he took of Jack Nicholson, which is pretty representative. Schoeller is shootng up close to his subject and uses two vertical strip lights, one on each side of the camera. Notice the two catchlights in the eyes. The expressions tend to be serious or almost blank. The eyes are in very sharp focus but most of the rest of the head falls out of focus fairly quickly.

His subjects are almost always squared up to the camera. And the background lighting is always brightest close to the shoulders and less bright higher in the image.

Here’s another portrait Schoeller did, of Timothy Geitner, for the New York Times Magazine cover last weekend.

 

 

 

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I’m intrigued by Schoeller’s work. It certainly causes the viewer to look twice. And there is a strong connection between the subject and the viewer.

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You can see more of Schoeller’s work here.

I think the technique works better for men than for women. Cate Blanchett was likely game for this picture, as there are thousands of flattering images of her. But I’m not going to try this lighting technique on my female clients unless they ask for it!

This morning in the studio, I experimented with Schoeller’s style with a few selfies. I had some with the blank/serous look, but decided to edit one with at least a hint of a smile.

I’d love to know what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Different Backgrounds and Wardrobe

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When I’m shooting headshots, I always suggest to the client that we try several wardrobe looks. This is for a couple of reasons.

First, we don’t really know how an outfit is going to look in a picture until we take it. So we’ll try two or three outfits to see what works best. And I try different backgrounds as well. Secondly, the client may need different looks for different purposes.

Connor, a college student, needed a fairly formal look as he begins to explore career opportunities after graduation. He’ll likely use the tie and coat image above for this purpose.

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Notice how different the second image looks without the tie and with a white background. His smile and expression are fairly close in the two pictures but the second photograph has a very different feel.

Finally, we shot the informal picture, below. Connor is a very personable and engaging young man. I know he’ll do well out in the job market – and I’m hoping these images will play a helpful role!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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