The mid-80’s classic style of black-and-white portrait photography inspired this photo.
I was asked to photograph 20 FALA students for their upcoming play, “The Good Doctor.” Originally, the photoshoot was the standard, actor-headshot-photo-session. On a hunch, I spoke again with theatre director and asked more about the student’s costumes for the show. She told me a little about the play. Immediately, the student’s costumes reminded me of the CK and YSL 1980s black and white portrait photography marketing campaigns. So, I suggested taking pictures of the students dressed as the writer Aton Chekov. The director loved the idea.
Portrait Photography Set Up
We set a date for the photo session. I set up at the high school’s theatre stage. Then, I used a fashion gray paper backdrop (Westcott), and lit it with a single strobe and a reflector. I put the back light on a stand to the right of the subject. To light the subject, Charlie Spencer, I used two additional strobes with 1’x3′ gridded soft-boxes set at 90-degree angles. Additionally, The top light was set above the subject and parallel to the ground, and the other to the left of the model. Finally, both lights were angled in towards the student.
The camera and settings were: Canon 6D, 50-mm lens, 1/125-sec., f-stop 5.6. The time from start to finish was just a little over 90 minutes. It was a simple in-and-out photoshoot. After the photo shoot, I made some simple and minor cosmetic touch-ups with Photoshop, some dodge and burning, and a little post-processing sharpening. As a print, the black and white conversion was flawless. In the end, I have another classic example of portrait black-and-white photography that I am proud of.
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