Week 6 - Annie Leib...
 

Week 6 - Annie Leibovitz  

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Maëlick (aka Reiterlied)
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Annie Leibovitz is an American photographer, most well known for photographing John Lennon on the day of he died. She made her debuts as the chief photographer of Rolling Stone magazine, her career led her to take photos of celebrities for the cover of magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair. From touring with the Rolling…

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Posted : 04/02/2019 4:24 pm
Tomasz Lasek
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this subject has been haunting me for several days, even in a dream. I dream about the settings of light, Oliphant backdrops, and the photo set, but interestingly, I do not know what figure I photograph in my dreams.
What's worse, I still don't know exactly when I want to go with this one, because my idea is still vestigial.

So it will be a big challenge!

I'm no expert in lighting but I use a tissue to soften the light and it works quite good too when I want to avoid reflections, altough I'm not an enemy of reflections. Sometimes they make the image mor vivid.

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Posted : 05/02/2019 10:22 am
Maëlick (aka Reiterlied)
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Using a big diffuser makes the trick, but then for Rembrandt lighting, you need also some kind of directional light. Also, using a large reflector is not easy outside without someone to help :D

I took a couple of indoor photos yesterday but haven't had time to look at them yet. Maybe I'll write about it depending on how successful it was :-)

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Posted : 05/02/2019 11:41 am
Tomasz Lasek
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Well I can't imagine shooting Annie's style pictures without an army of assistants, just like in her case :)
Fortunately I have a Third Hand Tool! But I use it mostly indoor.

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Posted : 05/02/2019 2:25 pm
Maëlick (aka Reiterlied)
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I doubt you need an army of assistants. Like expensive gear, it's a luxury that makes it easier, but it's most likely possible to achieve a similar result alone... Particularly with LEGO Minifigures where I can't imagine an army of assistants surrounding a tiny toy :D

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Posted : 05/02/2019 7:14 pm
DavidGrafika
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You're right Maëlick, no need for big stuff. I use a shoes box cap as reflector, which is about 3 times bigger than the one we were using at the studio if you compare to life size.

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Posted : 05/02/2019 7:44 pm
Tomasz Lasek
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Yes, of course, we can , and we handle that by ourselves, which is clearly visible in our pictures. I was just joking :)

Altough it would be rally funny to see dozen of people around one minifig :D

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Posted : 06/02/2019 8:25 am
Tomasz Lasek
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hahaha! was thinking about just the same thing when I was doing some research about Annie's set-ups, lighting and stuff. When I saw all these lamps, large reflectors, backdrops and assistants I was like: wow, I'm happy I'm shooting 4 cm people! ;)

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Posted : 06/02/2019 8:32 am
Maëlick (aka Reiterlied)
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The LED panel I've used for my photo for today's post would probably be twice the size of an adult if scaled to a human being. That would be a pretty big softbox... But from my tests, the result is still not comparable to what can be achieved in (non toy) portrait photography. No idea if it's because of my limited skills, or because of how differently ABS plastic skin and hair reflect light compared to real human skin and hair :/

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Posted : 06/02/2019 6:47 pm
DavidGrafika
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Maëlick, you get quite a good result with your combination of pictures. 

I think the solution is the use of small reflecting umbrellas, in order to soften the light. 

This requires to drink some cocktails before, to get the umbrellas, then paint their  inner side. 

The plastic of minifigs is clearly a big problem when trying to apply human technics. 

Our skin reflects, and absorbs at the same time the light. Mate and soft plastics (the kind of Barbies as an example) are closer to our skin, as far as I remember. 

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Posted : 06/02/2019 7:40 pm
Sabé
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You mean like this?

Night time photography at a toy safari and everyone lends their phone camera light :D

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Posted : 09/02/2019 8:14 am
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