Thursday, February 10, 2011

Inspirational Portraits

I will be shooting studio portraits soon for one of my photojournalism courses. This Johnny Cash portrait by Charles Peterson has long been one of my favorite portraits.

The hard lighting and high contrast do a good job of matching the mood set by Cash's facial expression. I admire this photo for the balance that it strikes. This show in the balance between showing the details of Cash's face without being overpowered by every wrinkle and texture. Similarly, the composition and dark background help Cash stand out, but not so much that there is dead space in the photo. The panelling in the background also strikes the balance between adding detail without distracting from the foreground.

Johnny Cash. Seattle.
by Charles Peterson

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