Posts Tagged ‘Portrait Photography’

Mark Seliger on His Iconic Portrait of Kurt Cobain

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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We recently had the privilege of meeting one of the true masters of portrait photography – Mark Seliger. This resulted in five new videos, in which Seliger shares his thoughts on lighting and portrait photography. 

You will find all the videos at our dedicated Mark Seliger page. There is also an opportunity to win a signed copy of one of Seliger’s much loved photo books on the page.

In the fourth video, Mark Seliger explains how Kurt Cobain’s rebellious rock star attitude can both turn into a representation of grunge music and an iconic portrait when caught off guard.

Watch all videos and sign up for a chance to win a Seliger photo book here.

 

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Mark Seliger on His Iconic Portrait of P Diddy

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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We recently had the privilege of meeting one of the true masters of portrait photography – Mark Seliger. This resulted in five new videos, in which Seliger shares his thoughts on lighting and portrait photography. 

You will find all the videos at our dedicated Mark Seliger page. There is also an opportunity to win a signed copy of one of Seliger’s much loved photo books on the page.

In our third video, Mark Seliger tells the story of how he made P Diddy look like the king of New York City for a shoot for Vanity Fair. Watch the video to hear Mark’s thoughts about it.

“A recognition of that person is 50% to the equation so knowing who that person is and then having some kind of mass appeal becomes as important as actually the photograph”, says Seliger.

Watch all videos and sign up for a chance to win a Seliger photo book here.

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Brad Trent’s Completely Different Meeting With John Cleese

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Brad Trent, proud owner of Damn Ugly Photography, has since the age of 25 worked with some of the largest newspapers and companies in the world. He has also had the good fortune to shoot some famous faces over the years. Latest in line: Mr. John Cleese for The Wallstreet Journal

In a recently published article on his blog, Brad shares the story of how he met the comedy icon at a midtown hotel in New York to shoot some portraits in a room no larger than your average walk-in closet.

Brad wanted a close-up portrait that would capture Mr Cleese’s wide range of expressions. He added a Softlight Reflector White, a large softbox for fill and a small strip light on the background for separation. The setup was apparently quick and easy, and Mr Python was soon free to show off his many face expressions.

“I began calling out various characters of his and sketches he was known for, and he immediately knew where to take it,” Brad writes.

Head over to Brad’s blog Damn Ugly Photography  for the full story (and the full range of facial expressions).

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How Mark Seliger Lights His Portraits

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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We recently had the privilege of meeting one of the true masters of portrait photography – Mark Seliger. This resulted in five new videos, in which Seliger shares his thoughts on lighting and portrait photography. 

You will find all the videos at our dedicated Mark Seliger page. There is also an opportunity to win a signed copy of one of Seliger’s much loved photo books on the page.

In our second video, Mark Seliger shares some tips and tricks on how he lights his portraits.

“The light is built in order to follow the subject.”, says Seliger. In the first image that they shot, they used a Softbox RFi 5′ Octa, a Pro Head and a Pro-8 and placed it to the left of Lenny Kravitz. “What’s nice about the Pro-8 is that you have the ability to make small, incremental changes within the lighting”, says Seliger.

For the image seen below, Mark used his favorite Profoto tool, the ProRing Plus. For more details of Mark’s lighting setup, make sure to watch the video.

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Mark Seliger on His Iconic Portrait of Lenny Kravitz

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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We recently had the privilege of meeting one of the true masters of portrait photography – Mark Seliger. This resulted in five new videos, in which Seliger shares his thoughts on lighting and portrait photography. 

Today, we release the first two videos. You will find both of them at our dedicated Mark Seliger page. There is also an opportunity to win a signed copy of one of Seliger’s much loved photo books on the page.

In the very first video, we get to join Seliger behind-the-scenes on set with his friend and longterm collaborator Lenny Kravitz.

“We share this real interest in photography and music, a very equal exchange,” says Seliger. “There’s that saying: you’re only as good as your last photograph. You never settle for things just being mediocre and satisfactory, but always pushing to get to the next place and that’s rather similar to the way musicians think too and Lenny is very much about recreating himself.”

Watch all videos and sign up for a chance to win a Seliger photo book here. Read More