Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela
Sep20

Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela

“Look, I’m not an intellectual – I just take pictures.”—Helmut Newton With Wordy Wednesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many Wednesdays I’ll be showcasing a different image of her...

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Portrait Wednesdays: The Wedding Portrait
Sep13

Portrait Wednesdays: The Wedding Portrait

The new book, One Face Fifty Ways by YouTubers Imogen Dyer and Mark Wilkinson is an idea book about portraiture using one subject—Ms. Dyer— and one photographer—Mr. Wilkinson demonstrating lighting, posing and other techniques to capture the many looks and moods of a single person. This is similar to the approach Gary Bernstein used with Kay Sutton York in their 1988 book, Burning Gold, that I mentioned last week. With Wordy...

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Some Portrait Posing Guidelines
Aug31

Some Portrait Posing Guidelines

Once upon a time, I attended a photography workshop on portrait posing featuring a well-respected speaker who was known for his classic portraiture. It went something like this: He started by demonstrating how he like to pose a subject, which was basically put them in pose A, then pose B, then Pose C. After a few minutes of this demonstration, he asked me to show the group how to pose the model he had been working with and I didn’t...

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Following the Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’
Aug07

Following the Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’

“The photographer, even in fashion and portraiture, has to have a standpoint. It’s important to know what you stand for, no? Most people just take pictures, but they stand for nothing.”—Peter Lindbergh Last year, at the suggestion of one of this blog’s readers, we added a new section to the right-hand column called “Top Posts.” The idea being that anyone who was new to the blog, would be able to see the most popular five or six...

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What is a Portrait?
Jul25

What is a Portrait?

“every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.”― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray Recently I was talking with a photographer/friend from the East Coast and he showed me some of his latest portraits.  I was surprised to...

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Capturing the Essence of a Portrait Subject
Jun29

Capturing the Essence of a Portrait Subject

“I’ve never taken a photograph of someone and created a persona, I’ve just discovered what was already there.”― Anthony Farrimond “I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”— Frida Kahlo The other day, after lunch at my favorite fish taco stand, I walked by a group of young women having lunch and as I passed by overheard one saying, “You can’t capture the...

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Why You Need a Mood Wall
Jun27

Why You Need a Mood Wall

A mood wall or board is a collage consisting of images, text, and objects built around upon set topic. A mood board can be used to give a general idea of a specific topic and may be physical or digital. I was having breakfast with a couple of photographers when one of them, an accomplished glamour photographer, said something about the ideas he gets from his mood wall. “What’s a mood wall?” I ask and he gives me an answer similar to...

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