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 Post subject: Help recreating a photo
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:30 pm 
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I would like to do a family portrait in the style of the 'With the Beatles' cover.

Any advice on achieving this would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:33 pm 
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not a lighting expert but looks like you would need an off camera flash to the left


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:35 pm 
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You'll have to be pretty selective with the light, as it looks like the faces were illuminated and their clothing wasn't, of course it could just be their black shirts.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:50 pm 
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you think it needs to be a flash?

I was going to try a strategically placed lamp.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:30 am 
To suppress the darks, I recommend spot-metering on the brightest face.

You could possibly achieve this with a window on the left and with some dodging and burning too.

It looks like a flash/strobe...the trick is to get "Ringo" lit in between there...lol.

Fun challenge! I hope you will show us the results.

Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:49 pm 
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I'll post results when they're done.


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The lighting is fairly soft. I'm going to recommend a softbox/umbrella/flash bounced off a wall in an essentially dark room. The fine touches can be done in post. I look forward to seeing the results.

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From the Wiki page on Robert Freeman (the original photographer)

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He arranged us in a hotel corridor: it was very un-studio-like. The corridor was very dark, and there was a window at the end, and by using this heavy source of natural light coming from the right, he got that very moody picture which most people think he must have worked at forever and ever. But it was only an hour. He sat down, took a couple of rolls, and that was it.


Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Fre ... otographer)

and Robert Freeman's official website is here http://www.robertfreeman.net/english.html

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good find!


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Thanks guys, all I need to do now is get it done. I plan to do 4 separate photographs and put them together in Photoshop.


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This is very standard Rembrandt lighting, probably achieved with one large softbox at a 30-40 degree angle to the right of the faces. There will be a space between Harrison and Lennon so Starr can be lit, the use of a long lens will compress the image to hide this.

A quick diagram i've made from my iphone lighting app:

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