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Producer at Big City Jacks Recording Studio

By philtaylorphoto  
24 November 2019. Big City Jacks Recording Studio, Tottington, Bury, Lancs. The Studio is hosting a New York record producer (with glasses in photo, owner pictured outside.

Lit by a wireless triggered flash angled to just skim the drum skins on the wall.

Tags: Portrait Studio Portraits and people Recording studio

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Robert51 11 7 95 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2019 8:02AM
What a super portrait. Love the pov for that look.

The mod I sharpened a little and add a few LUT. Then darkened the edges to draw the eye straight to the face.

Great shot...

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2165 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2019 11:29AM
I like it. Environmental portraiture I think is the expression... The slant works, it gives a laid-back but quirky feel. (Our local paper's regular photographer uses this technique in practically every picture she takes, so I'm sick of it - but here it works.)

I wanted to try a tighter crop, it's about the relationship between face and immediate background, the sides of the frame are weaker, particularly with the shadow on the right.

I find the flash a bit harsh on the face, I darkened highlights and reduced midtone contrast very slightly there. But you angled the flash to avoid ugly highlights on the glasses, that's brilliant.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
3 Dec 2019 1:07PM
Firsta rate shot.

White balance a little warmer in the mod.

Well done.


Arvorphoto Plus
9 108 4 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2019 4:39PM

Quote:What a super portrait. Love the pov for that look.

The mod I sharpened a little and add a few LUT. Then darkened the edges to draw the eye straight to the face.

Great shot...

I think Robert's mod gives that something special to a good quirky image.

The only thing I would add is, to slightly darken that central drum skin. This, for me, is vying with his face as the subject a little too much.

dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1598 England
4 Dec 2019 9:42AM
Nothing to add - for the story, the drumskin may well be more important than it looks to us - other than that, I agree with Daryl's suggestion of darkening it.

And it's a superlative portrait.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2019 9:13AM
As above. Just sharpen a touch. I normally hate these tilted shots, but, for once, this works well and is not extreme enough to jar the eye.

Good stuff.

philtaylorphoto 18 332 1
8 Dec 2019 10:00AM
Hi all. Sorry for the delay in replying, as you might imagine, it's been a hectic week.

The article is about Big City Jack's studio. Every artist who records there signs a drum skin, so, the one with the name on it is crucial. I feathered the light off the flash off the others.

I like the tighter crop, it gets rid of the distracting filler foam in the roof. One problem with editorial pictures is that often a photo gets cropped to fit a specific hole. Crop too tight at submission stage, and a good picture is rejected at layout time. I've even got to the stage of shooting so that a vertical crop can be pulled out if necessary.

Sharpening? His pores are tack sharp? Possibly for the background.

Yep, tilts can be overdone, I quite agree. However, my vice is the dark vignette. I did try a Lightroom No2 on this, but for editorial it was a bit heavy. As a stand alone photo it worked quite well.

Thanks for all your hard work and thoughts
philtaylorphoto 18 332 1
14 Dec 2019 6:36PM

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