THIS MAN SKIRLS!
For our "One Light Wonderful" studio portraiture workshop sponsored by Blue World Media, co-instructor Michael Dunphy and I were excited to invite Jeffrey Herbert, an accomplished musician, to be one of our guest models.
In a prior blogpost, I presented my portrait of Jeff as a guitar man. Here we see him as a bagpiper in highlander kilt and accoutrements.
A longtime musician, Jeff is a charter member of the Washington DC Fire Department Pipes and Drums Band and has over 15 years of bagpipe experience. (And, yes, he accepts solo commissions to play at weddings and other events!)
In full regalia, Jeff cuts quite the dashing figure, so at least one of his portraits had to be full length. The lighting set-up is a bit experimental for a full-length portrait: the main light is provided by a beauty dish placed in the usual position for a glamour head-and-shoulders portrait.
The light falls beautifully down the body, its raking angle showcasing the gorgeous details of the uniform, while its falloff in intensity keeps Jeff's rugged face the center of attention. Fine-tuning the set-up was required to balance the lighting top and bottom in order to avoid losing too much detail on the kilt, socks, and shoes. As the final touch, I tweaked the light to ensure crisp catch lights in Jeff's eyes, bringing his expression to life.
Quite a commanding presence, quite the commanding performance!
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