Picture of the Month – February 2009
After creating the image for last October’s Picture of the Month, I thought more and more about old Hollywood glamour style lighting as practiced by photographers like George Hurrell. I wanted to experiment more with that style, which is dramatically different from what I typically use for portraits. So when Chynna contacted me about working together, I thought it would be a good opportunity to experiment in the studio.
In the 1930s they typically used hot lights with fresnel lenses to focus the light right where they wanted it. That also provided the hard contrasty light that is so indicative to that style. Not having fresnel lights nor the budget to purchase them, I made do with my studio strobes with open 5″ reflector dishes. 80 years ago they would have also had a number of gobos or flags and again my studio was lacking, so Photoshop had to come to the rescue for some of the final details.