…and then I push myself a little further!
I have found that there are few shortcuts to self-improvement. For the majority of us, we become an expert through study, practice, good old-fashioned hard work and hopefully, enjoying what we do. One way to help move forward, is to draw upon the knowledge of current and past masters of photography. In this, I am afforded a glimpse of the world from a different perspective, rich with experience.
To gain this insight, I have embarked on an eight week portraiture study. This is no usual watch and learn, this is hands on and get on with it affair, led by my good friend Don Giannatti. My aim is to take elements of what I learn to incorporate into my own photography, to get away from the safe haven of the ‘go to’ lighting set-up, camera angles and poses, to offer my customers that something extra, to step up the level of quality.
These first two weeks of portraiture study have been spent with Skrebneski and Karsh. I have been pushed hard into new territory and the speed of discovery has been breathtaking! Here’s a sample of my journey so far.
Next on the portraiture study agenda is Sarah Moon, she will certainly put me, my thought processes and skills to the test! Then we move onto what I would describe as the more traditional photography found in the work of Peter Lindbergh. When something is this enjoyable how can it be labelled work?
You can freely download and use the actual RAW files used to create the final image from the bottom of this page.
Here’s part one where the images are created.
The second is where the images are prepared in Photoshop
The third finishes preparing the images and starts to put things together
The fourth video completes the set is here.
Here are the RAW (Lightroom DNG format) images you can freely download
Note: They are from 17MB to 26MB each
The final image may need a little fine-tuning but the concept worked for me.
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