Studio Photo Journal

#23 Charlie Paille, 2012


by Antia Pagant


Fashion photography on street is one of my favorite form, there is always something going on on the street, and since fashion is almost everywhere in our daily life (especially in big cities), connecting both fashion and street life is an effective way to bring the viewers/customers closer. In this particular photo, the people in the back are so small comparing to the model. I think the photographer used a wide angle lens and shot from a low angle to exaggerate the perspective. I also found it interesting that the way her legs crossed kind of split those two buildings, and she seems like another building rising up from the ground, dominating the rest of the sky.

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#22 Untitled, 2012


by Jorge Miguel


The color tone of this photo not only makes the red pop out (though I think real blood might do better), but also creates a nonhuman feeling on the model, maybe also because we can’t see her eyes. Strangely enough, as much as I can feel the pain, I seem to enjoy how the chain fits in the eyes like a wearable piece. Also, the gradient of her hair and eyebrows add a new layer of texture to the image that creates contrast to the glossy, reflective chain and the fluid fake blood.

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Technical Discussion

To recreate this photo, first thing to do is the makeup. The makeup is pretty pale, must pay attention to details like the lips, the eyebrows, and the hair. Then put the light from a higher angle closer to the center (slightly on the right side). And then set up the background lights to separate the model from the backdrop. I’ve shot portrait with fake blood before, I think liquid is not easy to control, especially the dropping. So press the button fast.

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#21 VIN Tew, 2012


by 張勃雲 (VIN Tew)


I like the grainy texture and the soft lighting, the mysterious vibe and the moodiness in this photo is working quite well, but to me the most intriguing thing is the ambiguity of the unidentified gender. At my first glance, I somehow relate the crown-like object and the veil and the white dress to a female figure. But when I look again, I notice that the person doesn’t have obvious boobs. The image is a little bit creepy but beautiful at the same time. However, after I knew that this is a self portrait, gender seriously doesn’t matter anymore.

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Technical Discussion

The lighting is very soft that I couldn’t find obvious shadows, I was thinking maybe he didn’t use any light but the window light? Or he turned the shadow and contrast down in post production stage. I think he used film to take this photo.

#20 After Dinner Games, 1947


by Irving Penn


Looking at the objects of a person, I can always feel certain characteristics and personality of that person. I feel the same when I see this image, though I don’t know the background of it, I can sense the style of the person (the photographer) and a casual atmosphere. The way things were arranged shows great attention to details, and the angle of each object was carefully designed. Every object shows its own quality, nothing bores me in this photo.

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Technical Discussion

To recreate this image, I would put a softbox on one side to create soft shadows on the other side. Or just put the subject by the window using sunlight at the right time.

#19 Killing Time, 2011


by Lucia Giacani


The most attractive thing in this photograph is the use of complementary colors. All the props are in warm orange tone and thus the blue dress on the model really pops out. The rather low position of the clocks and the long paper dropping down from the typewriter make her look even taller. I like the contrast between the paper rolls tidily on the left side of the floor and how crumpled it is on the right side. It looks quite simple, but I think the texture shown in this image is outstanding and carefully designed. There is one thing disturbs me though – the shadows on the wall, but thinking about texture, they add up to be another layer.

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#18 I Only Want You to Love Me, 2013


by Miles Aldridge


To me, the most eye-catching aspect of this photograph is its color palette. The content is playful and perfectly matches with the yellow, cyan, and red, yet the colors never overwhelm the viewers. The white of the cigarette, the earrings, and the pattern on her clothes; the yellow of the wall, the cupboard, and her hair; the red of her clothes, her lips, and a tiny spark on the cigarette; the blue of the surface of the cupboard and the fire; the dark brown of the oven and her eye makeup. They just go together. Another key is the beautiful model that would simply makes it easier, and the diagonal color blocks of the set also makes the composition more interesting.

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