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Photo Copy Photography: Remaking mystical “Game of Thrones” portraits

June 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
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. 

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