Posts Tagged ‘portraiture’

Workshop Preview: Chris Buck’s “The Surprising Portrait”

Posted by on Thursday May 10, 2018 | Celebrity

To make interesting portraits, "I gleefully let myself go to dark places," Chris Buck says. "I said [to Lena Dunham], 'I want to photograph you with this [baby swing] like an S&M device,' and she said, 'Sure.' [It's] innocence and perversion living in the same space." ©Chris Buck

Celebrity photographer Chris Buck, who is known for getting subjects to do unexpected things on set, will host a workshop called “The Surprising Portrait” in New York City on November 10-12. “Nothing charms like a surprise, yet in portraiture there seems to be so little of it,” Buck says, explaining that most photographers only “flatter... More

Quick Tip: How Celebrity Shooters Brainstorm Portrait Ideas

Posted by on Friday March 2, 2018 | Celebrity

Actor Joaquin Phoenix on the cover of Uneasy, Chris Buck's 2017 book of offbeat celebrity portraits. ©Chris Buck

Celebrity photo shoots are a challenge because photographers often get five minutes to shoot. For photographers who like to shoot conceptual portraits, the secret is preparation. Chris Buck is known for his quirky, humorous portraits that push the boundaries of editorial photography. He doesn’t shoot to satisfy or flatter his celebrity subjects; he’s shooting for... More

Natalie Brasington’s Breakthrough Portraits of Amy Schumer

Posted by on Wednesday December 7, 2016 | Celebrity, Fun

Natalie Brasington, a New York based photographer specializing in conceptual portraits of comedians, explains how she got started, and shares practical advice for aspiring celebrity photographers. In the video below, she shows how she conceived some of her early portraits of comedian Amy Schumer, and more recent portraits of other comedians. PDN: What draws you... More

PDN Video: Photographer Brian Smith on How to Get a Striking Celebrity Portrait

Posted by on Monday April 20, 2015 | Celebrity, PDN Video Picks

Nothing is more important on a celebrity shoot than engaging your subject, says photographer Brian Smith. “The lighting, the locations, and the props all matter, but if you’re not actually making a connection with the subject, the pictures really fall flat.” Smith, the author of Secrets of Great Portrait Photography and other books, has been... More

PDN Video Pick: Marco Grob’s Afghanistan Portraits

Posted by on Wednesday November 30, 2011 | PDN Video Picks

If you’ve read PDN‘s story on Marco Grob’s techniques for lighting and shooting portraits fast (see “How I Got That Shot: The 3-Minute Portrait” in our December issue) you may be curious to see Grob in action. This video shows Grob using his portable lighting set up and handheld Hassie to photograph survivors of landmines... More