Classical Portraiture

Challenge #4 in the Great Movements in Photography series. Hosted by Mark Scott Abeln.
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Good portraits in the classical tradition attempt to show people as they are. A classical portrait is minimalist portraiture, since it emphasizes the most recognizable part of a subject, the face. Everything else is less important. Typically, the subjects in these portraits aren't doing anything, they simply *are*. Their poses are relaxed without appearing stiff or awkward. Lighting is very important to give shape to the face, often using Chiaroscuro or Rembrandt lighting. These photographers made at least some famous portraits in the classical manner: Julia Margaret Cameron, Arnold Newman, Irving Penn, Yousuf Karsh, Alfred Stieglitz, Imogene Cunningham, and Philippe Halsman. Find some inspiration in these painters also: John Singer Sargent, Velazquez, Hans Holbein The Younger, Rembrandt, Anthony Van Dyck, Raphael, Joshua Reynolds, and Jan van Eyck.
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This ain't faked. Honeypie was really sad that night, very very sad. I think you can see it in her eyes. And nothing I did would cheer her up, not even a candledinner.
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Submitted: Wednesday, 9th February, 2011 00:05 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 22nd February, 2004
Focal length: 4.7 mm
Shutter speed: 10/601 sec
Aperture: F5.2
ISO: 100
Notes: It ain't a perfect shot at all; technically speaking it's not even a good shot. Nevertheless, I believe it's a good example for what you can do with a budget compact camera.
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