Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Welcome, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Studio Portraiture.
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Hi! I'm Douglas Kirkland and I'd like to welcome you to On Photography.…Today, I want to show you something about studio lighting and shooting and I…love this because I have feel I have the most power.…You have so much creative possibilities in the studio.…I want to give you a few examples.…Here's a picture that I did of Jessica Alba.…It's done for 20th Century Fox.…Comparatively simple.…They wanted almost a cosmetic look and I'll show you how we do that.…And then here's another example.…This is an Italian actress named Margaret Made.…
We have one soft box on the front of her and a hair light here.…We did not have a hair light before.…You have all sorts of creative possibilities.…You really do.…The potential is very rich when you can work with lights and work your way.…But it isn't always in a studio. Because this is interesting. Because here I am on…the other side of the world. I'm working in Beijing, not in Hollywood now.…And the great actress, Gong Li, is my subject and I was told I had to photograph…
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.