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In the Douglas Kirkland on Photography series, well-known photographer Douglas Kirkland explores a variety of real-world photographic scenarios, sharing technique insights and critiquing the results.
In this installment of the series, Douglas demonstrates how shooting in a studio allows for precise lighting control and consistency. The course begins with a look at the strobes and light modifiers that Douglas frequently employs for studio portraiture. Douglas positions the lights and then shoots a variety of portraits, demonstrating how he works with a model to capture different moods and positions.
Finally, he reviews the best images from the shoot, analyzing the lighting techniques he employed and showing how judicious use of Photoshop can enhance a portrait without making it look unnaturally processed.
Okay, here we are with Courtney and she's being prepared beautifully by Mandy. Mandy's work with Courtney is very important because you get down to precise details because ultimately that's what it is and it's a combination. If you're shooting as a photographer, remember your ultimate picture will only be as good as Courtney in this case or the subject feels. If they don't feel right, you will lose. You as a photographer cannot do it alone. So that's why it's so important to have a comfortable team.
Courtney has had some coffee. Courtney: Great coffee! Douglas: Thank you! And it's a nice atmosphere. Have a good atmosphere. Again, that's one of the secrets. If everything is smooth and comfortable, if everybody is feeling good, you are going to come off with a much better image and pictures than if it was-- It is not mechanical. That's what I am saying. Then it must be comfortable for everyone. I want to show you the really secret part of the assistant system. This is Francoise.
She is often referred to as my secret weapon, but look at this spread. This is all her. Francoise: Well, this is just breakfast. We are going to have lunch later! Douglas Kirkland: But you know, I said earlier, it's only as good as the atmosphere is and Francise is very good at creating atmosphere. Francoise: Well, that's also why we work in our house, in studio or our studio is in our house, because it creates like a family atmosphere, which I think makes a lot of difference in the lot of shoots that we do. Douglas Kirkland: Everybody has to feel good. Mandy, Courtney, and our assistants, Jeremy and Miranda.
It's all the team, I keep saying it. But it's exciting!
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