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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Ali is a professional dancer trying to make her dreams come true in New York City. She travelled the globe for 6 months with a dance company based out of California and had the time of her life. When she got home she wanted some headshots taken for her portfolio and for auditions that represented her bright personality. This is one of her favorites.
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Submitted: Thursday, 10th February, 2011 00:26 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 6th August, 2010
Focal length: 100 mm
Shutter speed: 1/200 sec
Aperture: F13
ISO: 200
Notes: shot in manual to have fully control over the intensity of my flashes. Light behind aimed at background, light camera left and camera right.
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