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Posts Tagged ‘Portraits’

Flo – Beauty Images

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Last week, My friend Florena and I did a photoshoot in the studio, creating a wide variety of images. This blog post will just show some of the beauty images. Stay tuned for other photographs from our day of shooting.

In the first picture, above, we used fairly traditional lighting to create a flattering beauty shot. A light mounted on a circular “beauty dish” is just above the frame, aimed down at a 45 degree angle. There are two lights aimed at the white paper background behind Flo, creating the highlights on the sides of her hair. Finally, I used a white reflector just out of sight below to bounce more light into her face. Traditionally, a image like this is shot square on to the subject, with everything perfectly straight to camera. I actually like the slight tilt in Flo’s head and turn of her shoulders – it gives a more feminine feel to the photograph.

 

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This is a closeup detail of the the first image. I took the picture at an aperture of F4, resulting in a very narrow depth of field. As you can see, the eyes are very sharp but the focus falls off quickly and the hair, ear and earrings are very soft. The narrow depth of field keeps the viewer’s attention on the eyes.  This is a subtle aspect of the picture; you may not have even noticed it when first viewing the full image above. Did you? I’d love to hear!

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Just enclosing two more fun shots of Flo with the same lighting. She is a lovely model and a joy to work with. I’ll be posting more pictures from our shoot in the next few days.

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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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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