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Hollywood portraits

By Duncan_E  
This is a film noir style shot from a forthcoming feature on EPZ on shooting Hollywood Star portraits of the 30s and 40s. The lighting here varies from the usual "butterfly" style of the 40s, and heads into noir territory which started to influence portraiture in the mid-late 40s. There are two flash units, with no diffusion, on either side of the subject, with a reflector at the front, to just bounce a bit of light into the middle. The camera is slanted and the intention is to create a sense of danger and unease.

Tags: Portraits Female Black and white Digitally manipulated Hollywood Film noir Portraits and people

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13 Mar 2007 11:50AM
very 50s....but is there any particluar reason why you've chosen to focus only on her face?
13 Mar 2007 11:50AM
fantastic; really evoques the era well with that angle, dof, sepia and dramatic pose. quality all over
Duncan_E 16 201 3 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 11:52AM
Yes, the intention was for the focus to fall away - all adding to the mystery and danger.
clevercloggs 18 251 15 Netherlands
13 Mar 2007 12:11PM
femme fatale written all over it. Good lights. like your explanation too on how the lighting concepts changed over the years. More of that too please.
Jules33 16 10 Scotland
13 Mar 2007 12:28PM
Very effective, even the small thumbnail screams film noir.

Paul Morgan 21 19.7k 6 England
13 Mar 2007 1:37PM
Very effective Duncan, I quite like using an and tungsten head and beauty dish for this kind of work.

Lynxeffect 16 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 2:26PM
Superb the lighting and use of DOF..nice job
Hugeknot 17 1.2k 2 Iceland
13 Mar 2007 3:46PM
Great lighting on the dress, but not so keen on the shadows on her face. Also her hand doesn't look right. Is it her hand? or a mankin?
MDaniel 16 3 3 Ghana
13 Mar 2007 4:03PM
What I would like to know is, how come this has not had the hits! This is a great shot
Duncan_E 16 201 3 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 8:36PM

Quote:but not so keen on the shadows on her face

Well that's the point of this shot, it isn't supposed to look all lovely like a standard 40s portrait, it's noir. I'll stick a regular 40s style shot from the shoot up tomorrow and detail that.
RichardN00 Plus
16 434 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 8:50PM
Really evocative, could easily be a film poster from the 30's or 40's
shiny 17 6 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2007 3:25PM
Like this, nice one
chelle 17 77
18 Mar 2007 4:40PM
Good image. Well done.
POOCHIE 16 21 6 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 9:18AM
Superb, love this shot.

stevekhart 16 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 9:57AM
Really enjoyed the article, thanks Duncan.

P.S. What happened to the regular 40's shot?
Duncan_E 16 201 3 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 11:30AM
I removed it from my PF Steve, but you can see it in the article itself near the bottom. It's the one with the gloves.
Hello Duncan - I love this image - great works you have in your pf


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