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Pictures of power


Sus 10 3.2k 9 England
7 Jul 2011 9:16AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/gallery/2011/jul/06/platon-power-world-leaders-in-pictures

I like the effect, its almost jill greenberg - ish. Ring lights? What do you think he uses?

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Pete e2
13 18.5k 96 England
7 Jul 2011 9:22AM
No It's not ring flash. Look closely at the catchlight and you can see the square shape (probably softbox) with the photographer's head blocking the bottom centre. And then either a snooted backlight on the background to give the halo effect behind the head (on some) or digital processing.
Nick_w e2
7 3.9k 99 England
7 Jul 2011 9:23AM
Aggresive sharpening, use of blend modes (probably blue channel, multiply - alter opacity) lots of adjustment layers - or mono, with the original colour image in "color" mode on top. Its more like the work of Dragan than Greenberg.

Agree with Pete - there no ring light on any of the images.
Boyd 11 11.2k 11 Wales
7 Jul 2011 9:38AM
Pete e2
13 18.5k 96 England
7 Jul 2011 9:42AM
He's nearly right. The soft box would have been far bigger than his example and much further back and more centrally placed
Sooty_1 4 1.2k 202 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2011 9:51AM
Big powerful lights with a big softbox, frontal lighting above the camera. It seems to be much the same for all the shots. The difference is lighting on the the background, flood lighting for the white ones, none for the black. The distance from the background is what gives the separation of the subject, and the background lights are shielded so they do not affect the subject lighting.

The use of a shorter than convention focal length for head shots is what gives the impression of being so imposing, and I suspect the sharpness is due to using a prime lens at it's optimum aperture rather than OTT sharpening.

Nick
photoworks 12 317 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2011 10:07AM
More images from this photographer on his website :

Platon photography

Grin
Sus 10 3.2k 9 England
7 Jul 2011 10:18AM
oh yes I missed that catchlight clue - duh! So a big square softbox... not all of them have the halo so snoot optional... then draganising (yes I see what you mean, a mild Dragan rather than Greenberg).
Nick_w e2
7 3.9k 99 England
7 Jul 2011 10:30AM
If you look at Andrzej Dragan's work, not some of the OTT imitations that use his name.
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
7 Jul 2011 10:37AM
Didn't think that much of them to be honest, to me they just look like pro-taken passport shots, but what do I know?....Now Andrzej Dragan well that's a real artist.

Ade Grin
cameracat 10 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
7 Jul 2011 11:51AM

Quote:Didn't think that much of them to be honest


LOL...Me neither.....Seen stuff on ePHOTOzine that is equally as good, If not better, Take away the presence of the well known faces and what have you got.....Grin

Yup! Passport shots.....Smile With more than a hint of tonal tweaking....
Sus 10 3.2k 9 England
7 Jul 2011 4:42PM

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