I find myself distracted with the temptation to spend time searching Google for new commercial portrait
or product photography
ideas. Each time I find something appealing, I want to study it and copy it. I think it is a great skill to be able to remake another’s creative work - sort of how Salvador Dali
would make virtually identical copies of famous paintings in order to master the skill.
Now, I’m no Salvador Dali of commercial photography
. But, in the never ending and always evolving photography industry, I find something very humbling and therapeutic about trying to remake an image and succeeding.
I recently stumbled on these great portraits by portrait photographer, Alexandria Huff (http://2pnt0.500px.com
). Huff is a master of simplicity and elegance in studio lighting and portraiture. Or at least I think so.
So, I set out to recreate the look and feel of her “Game of Thrones” look.
Test shots for lighting:
I began by dissecting her light. It is clear that there was one light with a soft modifier to the left of the subjects and another with a blue gel on the right, but I had to find a good output power. I began with a standard two light set up. I used a Paul C. Buff Einstein 640w
head with a strip box on the left and a Yongnuo 560 ex iii
with a true blue gel and a home-made tinfoil snoot. I took separate shots of each light by itself to get the look i was going for. To add my own style to it, I added in another Einstein 640w with a 7” reflector and a 10 degree grid to the background.
RAW from camera:
I was very satisfied with the final RAW image, but it needed some work to give it a more gritty look. Here’s the final image after some post in Photoshop and Lightroom 5.
Thanks Alex for inspiring me! I loved the look of your portraits, but wanted to maintain my own style and uniqueness. I am no master of light in the slightest, but after this shoot I love using gels and I'm all caught up on Game of Thrones Season 4.