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I like the effect, its almost jill greenberg - ish. Ring lights? What do you think he uses?
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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.
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.
This might help.
He's nearly right. The soft box would have been far bigger than his example and much further back and more centrally placed
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.
More images from this photographer on his website :
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).
If you look at Andrzej Dragan's work, not some of the OTT imitations that use his name.
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.
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.....
Yup! Passport shots..... With more than a hint of tonal tweaking....
Ok, here are some better ones - masters of lighting!
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