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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Kirsten is a singer/musician/actress that recently won a talent competition and just spent time in the recording studio for her first CD. The agency sent her off for a professional photo shoot, she was very unhappy with how most of them came out especially her headshot that she is to use on job interviews. When she came home she asked me to take some of her that 'looked' like her. This is one of her favorites.
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Submitted: Thursday, 10th February, 2011 00:22 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 6th August, 2010
Focal length: 135 mm
Shutter speed: 1/200 sec
Aperture: F13
ISO: 200
Notes: shot in manual mode to have full control over the intensity of my flashes. Light behind her aimed at the backdrop, light to camera left, light to camera right.
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