You can never capture a person in picture, never. You might get an interesting expression or gesture. I almost never research a picture subject ahead of time. I think Karsh is full of baloney. Can you imagine spending a whole week out in La Jolla with Jonas Salk soaking up his ambiance, then wind up making him look as if he’s in the studio in Ottawa with his thumb under his chin?
― Duane Michals
It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.
– Paul Caponigro
A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed.
― Richard Avedon
Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can. The revelation, if it comes at all, will come in a small fraction of a second with an unconscious gesture, a gleam of the eye, a brief lifting of the mask that all humans wear to conceal their innermost selves from the world. In that fleeting interval of opportunity the photographer must act or lose his prize.
― Yousuf Karsh
Student Work Headshot ExamplesPhotography 2B Studio Portraiture
View student objects
Students complete an object shoot.
Learn and demonstrate the 6 standard lighting styles and what situation is best for each.
Identify and operate studio lighting equipment
Apply Knowledge of Sync Speed and Shutter Characteristics
Apply Knowledge of Ambient Light and Shutter
Apply Knowledge of Aperture and Flash Exposure
Create Lighting Patterns and Short/Broad Styles
Demonstrate an Understanding of Lighting Modifiers
Apply Aesthetics of Hard and Soft Light
Use an Incident Light Meter to Determine Exposure
Apply the Concept of Distance Arc
Understand the Concept of Fill Light
Understand Lighting Ratios
Understand the Concept of Feathering
Understand the Three Variables Affecting Flash ExposureDemonstrate Creative Use of One Light
Demonstrate Creative Use of One Light and Reflector(s)
Demonstrate Creative Use of Two Lights
Demonstrate Creative Use of Three Lights
Demonstrate Creative Use of Four Lights
*Demonstrate Creative Use of Backdrops, Props, and Subjects
Apply Inverse Square Law to Control the "Depth of Light"
Understand Posing Conventions
Head Positions in Portraiture
Full and Three-quarter length Figure Shots
Conventional Male and Female Poses
Apply Flags, Scrims, and Reflectors in the Studio
Apply Different Focal Lengths to Portraiture
Know Kelvin Temperature Settings Applicable to Studio Lighting
Demonstrate Portrait Retouching Techniques
Create a Digital Portfolio Demonstrating Compentency in the Studio Assignments and Retouching Skills
Posing and Lighting Instructions:
Peter Hurley-The Art of the Headshot
Lindsay Adler-The 5 components of a Successfull Photograph
Bambi Cantrell-Posing 1
Lindsay Adler-Beauty Lighting
Karl Taylor-Beauty...2 Strips for Rim
Karl Taylor-Mixed Light Set...Corner and Chair
Karl Taylor-Beauty with Scrims
Karl Taylor-Classic Beauty with Vicki
Karl Taylor-Falling Shot
Lindsay Adler-Flare in the Studio
Lindsay Adler-image Review
Bambi Cantrell-Posing 2 and Headshot (2hrs)