Portrait Wednesday: Little Red Riding Hood

In the book, One Face Fifty Ways, 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 previously. 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 that I’ve photo-graphed Pam and her many, many different looks in many different styles.

Today’s image is from our seventh portrait session together that occurred on July 18, 2013 with Pam barely wearing what I called her Little Red Riding Hood outfit. It was shot against a Savage Monsoon collapsible backdrop. This glamour portrait was lit with a single monolight and a 32-inch shoot-through umbrella that placed at camera right. Camera used was a Canon EOS 60D with an EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 50mm) with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/14 and ISO 200. Image was retouched and 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 $7.73. 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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