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by Ed Shapiro
Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Black & White
Topic: Bridal Portrait
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Bridal Portrait

Lack of participation! Hi, Ernst! Lovely image as usual! I can certainly see Monti's influence in your work and of course, your own interpretative style in the image you have posted. It is said that people who live in glass houses should not cast stones so I must admit that I am partially responsib...
by Ed Shapiro
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Family, Friends & People
Topic: Portrait Practice
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: Portrait Practice

As a long time wedding and portrait photographer, I have learned the fine art of IMPROVISATION! Working in a spacious studio, an opulent home, large church or hall or a beautifully landscaped garden is no great challenge but making do with less that ideal locations require a bit savvier approach and...
by Ed Shapiro
Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Portraits & Head Shots
Topic: White on white
Replies: 13
Views: 1411

Re: White on white

Hey, Duck! Good clean background! Just a few tips. For a great high key background with little or no need for lots of editing, this is what I suggest: Use 2 lights on the background, each from about 45 degrees, as if you were doing a copy job and photographing the background separately. It is best t...
by Ed Shapiro
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: Black & White
Topic: Recent Couple
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Recent Couple

Masterful Image! Beautiful!
by Ed Shapiro
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: Family, Friends & People
Topic: Got bored...
Replies: 14
Views: 1151

Re: Got bored...

I have tried to make self-portrait but my face can stop an 8-day clock and make it run backward. I have a hard enough time looking in the mirror so shooting myself (with a camera) may be just too shocking! Age has endowed me with a bad case of PERMA+FROWN so it requires additional energy for me to s...
by Ed Shapiro
Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Portraits & Head Shots
Topic: Headshots for a friend
Replies: 12
Views: 1122

Re: Headshots for a friend

Hey, Duck! Hi there- I'm back from the dead to haunt this site again! :| Photographic big guys can be challenging but can be a rewarding experience when flattering results are achieved. Now, this does not mean that you are gonna make a big fellow look like a skinny man but there are methods that wor...
by Ed Shapiro
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Portraits & Head Shots
Topic: Paul
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Paul

Hey, Shine! Welcome back! Excellent rendition in your unmistakable style- nice to see it again! I too have been away for a while, first, with a couple of health issues and now I am in the midst of a major renovation of my studio. I will try to get back into the action here soon. Your participation i...
by Ed Shapiro
Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Fashion & Editorial
Topic: Photographing Theatrical Makeup
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: Photographing Theatrical Makeup

Hey, Steven! A very long time ago, I was called in the photograph members of the "Jewel Bix Review" which, at the time, was a top-notch drag show- I mean those guys really looked like gals, of course with lots of makeup and carefully planned stage lighting and effects. At the end of the sh...
by Ed Shapiro
Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Portraits & Head Shots
Topic: Learning how to do portraits
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: Learning how to do portraits

A typical low key portrait should have detail in the deepest shadows. a good gradation of middle tones, detail in the diffuse highlights and just a bit of detail in the specular highlights so as to to show raw paper base in a print. The attached image is an example of this kind of image with quite a...
by Ed Shapiro
Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:48 pm
Forum: Portraits & Head Shots
Topic: Learning how to do portraits
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: Learning how to do portraits

Hi, Mike! I am sorry I did not get back with a critique for you sooner- I had a medical issue and just got back to the forum. Your first attempt at portraiture is a good one in that you have captured a good expression in a soft smile, especially in your subject's eyes the lighting in her eyes helps ...

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