Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/07/18

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Subject: RE: [Leica] PAW: Model shoot (non-Leica)
From: "Phong" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 14:38:31 -0400


Your point is well taken.  If anything, I have gained a lot of respect
for posed portraiture, such as so masterly done by Yosuf Karsh.  And
to think that in many instances, especially with busy prominent public
figures, you have only the opportunity to shoot a few shots.

- - Phong

> -----Original Message-----
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> []On Behalf Of Ted Grant
> Sent: Friday, July 18, 2003 2:04 PM
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> Subject: Re: [Leica] PAW: Model shoot (non-Leica)
> bdcolen noted:
> >>> Hey, Phong - I MUCH prefer the grab shot - It shows the model as a
> > personality; it's imaginative. <<<
> Hi Phong,
> I'm with B. D. on this also, as it has a warm fun feeling to it.
> Besides the
> lighting on the set portrait makes her appear lifeless and stereotypical
> "what it should look like by numbers!"
> When you light a portrait, light it how "you feel" and not necessarily how
> the instructor and numbers tell you. However I wish to clarify this by
> saying, one should learn what the instructor demonstrates or whatever you
> learn from books, as this is how we all began... basically lighting a
> portrait as every other portrait is lit by "numbers." Once you've go that
> under your belt that's when in some cases you throw it all out and do what
> your creative eye tells you and your gut feeling for the subject. :-)
> ted
> Ted Grant Photography Limited
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