Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Composing an image for layout, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with a Medium-Format Camera.
In publishing you have to think of the final destination of your image.…I want to give you an example.…We start with a template on the Kodak series, and frankly, what we do is this…helps us recompose and get the refinement of the final image.…I give you as an example, we have a mask, a channel mask, which is here.…Now what this means is the picture will fit into this precise area, and that's…what we are working around. And this is really quite empowering and wonderful…to be able to do this.…
This is like a dream for me, because this did not always exist.…So there is the image, the final retouched image that I have all the way I like.…Now we can put this into the ad, and there you have it, but what I don't like is…that it's too big, but we still have the capability of moving it around and…recomposing. For example, we can make it smaller.…Now, this works better, and we have space to put his signature across the bottom,…which we need to do. And again, you're seeing this kind, beautiful face right in…
This installment follows Douglas as he creates a portrait for Kodak's On Film series, which features portraits of directors, cinematographers, and other major players in the film industry. Douglas has shot nearly 250 portraits for this series over the past 20 years.
The course begins with a discussion of the unique qualities of film—its clarity, definition, and tonal range—and of film's enduring importance in today's digital world. Next, Douglas tours the Mamiya RZ67 medium-format camera, demonstrating its components and comparing its format to 35mm film. He then demonstrates a variety of lighting, posing, and styling techniques while photographing Owen Roizman, an award-winning cinematographer, in the Kirkland studio in Los Angeles, California.
The course concludes with a critique of the resulting photographs. Douglas also shows how he resized and cropped the image to fit a print advertisement.