self portrait (1)

Inspired by a photo of Philip Roth by Olaf Blecker. Seen here, with lighting diagram


Strobist: Much like the diagram; tiny softbox on 430ex high and camera right, shoot-through umbrella with 580exII high and camera left. Both about 6.5-7' away, with similar power.


A little Photoshop to desaturate and enhance detail. Speedlights just don't have the watts to shoot f22 like Olaf.


Flickr is doing a terrible thing to the shirt texture on resize, see the original size.




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  • Katie Spence 7y

    This one is my favorite. Good work!
  • Uncle_Frank 7y

    The lighting and pose worked out well, but the crop is awkward. The top of the pompadore would have been an interesting element to include,
  • .marlon. 7y

    I saw your link from the Strobist blog's comments. Nice pic! I want to try that technique also... could be cool. He also uses a medium format, which let you use small apertures. The detail is great though. I agree with Frank about the crop... but it's a self-portrait... and without live view and a laptop nearby can be hard. Well done, though!
  • Stephen Caissie 5y

    I think you could have gone a little further with the desaturation, IMHO. I picked up a book on retouching portraiture that had a really neat technique that I use sometimes, which is to use a Hue/Sat adjustment in Photoshop to tone down just the reds and push them ever so slightly towards the yellow part of the spectrum. This helps in areas of the face where the capillaries are closer to the surface like the nose and cheekbones. Obviously, you want to carefully mask it so that it doesn't make your lips look corpse-like.
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Taken on February 22, 2008
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