Portrait Wednesdays: Back to the Sixties

In the book, One Face Fifty Ways by YouTubers Imogen Dyer and Mark Wilkinson demonstrate lighting, posing and other portrait 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 Wednesdays running for many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by 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 weeks I’ll be showing a different image of her made over the five years I’ve photo-graphed Pam and her many, many different looks in many different styles.Today’s image is from our fifth portrait session that happened on January 22, 2013 and a be-wigged Pam is wearing a tres sixties vinyl dress and was shot against a Savage Slate Gray seamless paper background. It was made using a single LED light and a 32-inch reflector at left. Camera was a Canon EOS 60D with an EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 5omm) with an exposure of 1/40 sec at f/5 and ISO 400. Image was processed using the Color Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-in.

As I write this, hardcover Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Cold is out of print but used copies are available from Amazon for prices as low as $8.05. Ms. Simpson is featured on the front cover and inside pages of my book Posing for Portrait & Glamour Photography. New copies of my book are available, as I wrote this, for $14.75 from Amazon—even cheaper than used.

Author: Joe Farace

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