iGotta say iLeica this i9 Concept Camera from Black Design Associates. Way cool way to trick out iPhone Photography… Make it happen!
Q: I am in love with your Anne Hathaway photo. Is the beauty dish really the only light source in this shot or is there reflector fill underneath? I’m amazed at how even the light is on her face.
A: What’s not to love about Anne Hathaway? She’s a dream to photograph and she has the most expressive eyes I have ever seen. The lighting was quite simple. The key light was a Profoto Beauty Dish from the left with a touch of fill directly behind the camera. I rarely fill from below because I want the chin to fall into shadow. Instead, I try to get the key light in just the right spot. The great thing about simple lighting is that you can forget about the light and just concentrate on interacting with the person in front of your lens and when that person you’ve photographing is Anne, that’s a VERY good thing…
Q: Brian I am Partha from India I am really impressed to see yr works, I think u r very comfortable both indoor & outdoor, I hv few questions to ask re indoor shooting, mainly back drop, lighting setup etc
A: Hello Paratha, Indoors or out, always start with a single light and don’t add another until you’ve gotten every drop of beauty out of that one light.
Q: Brian, do you have a small series of photos that a underfunded college art gallery could have on loan. We can fund shipping and printing for mailers but not much else. We are starved for really good stuff. c. 70 lineal feet. email@example.com. asked by radsue
A: I might have just the thing if you can wait until October: http://amzn.to/saveart
Q: Can I assist for you? asked by jasongrow
A: Only if I can be your official White House Photographer. Ladies and Gentleman, meet my dear friend, former councilman Jason Grow – soon to be the junior Senator from Massachusetts…
I’ll be speaking about my favorite subject – capturing great portraits – at WPPI on February 22nd in Las Vegas. WPPI is always a great show for the portrait and wedding photography industry. I’m looking forward to taking the show to Vegas after a full house when I gave this talk at PDN PhotoPlus Expo.
Tuesday, February 22, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Room 313 – 316 in the MGM Conference Center
sponsored by Sony
Celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith will share the lessons he’s learned over the past 30 years capturing the faces of the famous, infamous and unknown as a top magazine portrait photographer. Brian will discuss his approach to editorial and commercial photography from concept to final images, and detailing his approach to lighting and problem solving on productions both small and large. He will also share secrets about how to quickly capture the personality of the people in your photographs. He will also discuss how personal projects can be used to generate editorial and commercial assignments, and allow your personal style to evolve and grow while generating assignments you love to shoot.
I’ve added a lot of new images to the talk that will be shown for the first time including the latest photos from my project on burlesque. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the project from my friends at X-Rite:
Be sure to stop by the Sony booth on the WPPI show floor where I’ll be speaking and doing lighting demos each day.
Monday February 21:
11:00-11:25am ‘Live Shoot: Studio Portraits’ – Sony Booth 421
2:30-2:55pm ‘Location Portraits’- Sony Booth 421
3:30-3:55pm ‘Live Shoot: Studio Portraits’- Sony Booth 421
Tuesday, February 22:
11:00-11:25am ‘Location Portraits’- Sony Booth 421
3:30-5:30pm ‘Secrets of Great Portrait Photography’ – MGM Conference Center Room 313 – 316
Wednesday, February 23:
11:30-11:55am ‘Live Shoot: Studio Portraits’- Sony Booth 421
1:00-1:25pm ‘Live Shoot: Studio Portraits’- Sony Booth 421
2:00-2:25pm ‘Location Portraits’- Sony Booth 421
It’s going to be an absolutely great show – hope to see you there!
Q: Really enjoy your work. Can you give some insight into your first encounters with editors, what did you have in your portfolio, did you have celebrities in there from the start. Do you think that good portraits of ordinary people impress editors enough? — portraitphoto
A: Thank you for that. I started off as a newspaper photographer, so the first portfolios I showed to the magazines had a few celebrities and athletes in them, but mostly regular not-so-famous people. Most editors are more impressed if you can pull off a great, compelling portrait that speaks about your subject’s personality – be they famous or not.
One of the truly cool things I love about the Sony NEX cameras is their adaptability to many different lenses. One of the very easy adaptations is using the Sony NEX to Alpha mount adapter to pop an Alpha-mount Lensbaby Composer on the Sony NEX-5 camera for a very compact camera that lets your vision run wild…