Here is an update on the 8 week portrait workshop I am taking. The images in the slideshow above are assignments for weeks four and five, and are inspired from the works of Peter Lindbergh and Herb Ritts, respectively.
The first three images with the dark background were portraits based on the lighting and style of Peter Lindbergh. He has photographed many of the biggest supermodels for top magazines and ad campaigns. If you are interested, here is a page that shows a lot of his amazing body of work (warning: there may be some nudity). Lindbergh mostly shoots in natural light, but is very precise about it’s placement. Also, he tends toward relaxed posing and classic composition.
The other portraits were based on the work of Herb Ritts. You can see some of his images here (warning: there may be some nudity). He was a highly successful commercial and fine art photographer. Interestingly, he also directed some commercials and music videos. One music video in particular was Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” Ritts tended to shoot in natural light at the beaches around Los Angeles, or in the desert. He was known for high contrast black and white images with graphic elements and simple backgrounds.
As I have mentioned before this workshop is led by Don Giannatti of Lighting Essentials for Photographers. This workshop has been fun and educational. I highly recommend it!
Below are links to previous posts about this workshop.