The Many Faces of Mr. Biggles

Portrait Study: DAVID BAILEY This week’s featured photographer is David Bailey, a “problem” kid with dyslexia in 1960’s East London. After a series of dead end jobs, he served with the Royal Air Force in 1957 where he bought his first Rolleiflex camera. The 1966 film “Blowup”, depicts his life as a London fashion photographer and how he captured the culture of the “Swinging London” scene of the 60s. Some of his more famous photos are of celebrities including Terence Stamp, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Jean Shrimpton, PJ Proby, Cecil Beaton, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol and notorious East End gangsters, …

Addicted to Coupon’s Portraits

This week I finished up my 8-week portrait class featuring, photographer, William Coupon. He started out in the Big Apple, shooting the punk scene, and ended up creating portraits of presidents and celebrities like Bush, Clinton, Miles, and Mick. Here’s a summary about Coupon from Wikipedia: William Coupon was born in New York City, but moved to Washington, D.C. and later to San Francisco. He attended Syracuse University and ultimately moved to New York City to begin his photographic career. He began in 1979 to photograph backdrop portraits of New York’s youth culture, to document its “New Wave/Punk” scene at …

Back to Photography School for Me

Hello, friends! I’m happy to report that I’ve started a new 8-week portrait class with my favorite teacher, Mr. Don Giannatti from Phoenix. It’s good to be back! The first assignment is based on the work of Victor Skrebneski, a famous fashion photographer from the early days. At the bottom of the page is his bio, borrowed from Don’s class page. Here are my first attempts at Victor’s lighting and compositional styles. He uses lots of negative space, one light source from above casting dark shadows on the face, and oftentimes his work was blurry – on purpose! That’s not …

Photoshop Tutorial: “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure”

Photoshop Tutorial: “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure” This shot was created in Photoshop and took about 5 hours. Here’s a 13-minute video showing the process, including false starts and lots of trial and error. Photo Illustration by Irene Liebler – “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure” Project 52 Assignment 31: Here’s The Brief, by Don Giannatti: “An old saying that we don’t hear much anymore, but it always reminds us that some folks throw out what other folks love. I have found some amazingly cool things at flea markets and garage sales and such. Treasures? LOL, well …

Butterfly Portrait with Rachel Connolly

Last week I did my first butterfly portrait with twelve-year-old Abigail Connolly. This week I had the opportunity to work with her older sister, Rachel, who was on spring break from Cornell. She’s been in my shots many times before (ie: Sign of the Times) and is always willing to model! We had two hours and I had lots of ideas for poses. This image was done with a beauty dish from above, a bare speed light behind Rachel, a speed light with soft box on the right, slightly behind her (which is lighting up her left shoulder). The hair …

Printed Book: The Man in the Red Jacket

A behind-the-scenes look at “The Man in the Red Jacket”. All of the images in this book were created while participating in Don Giannatti’s Project 52 PRO workshop, using techniques and Photoshop tricks I’ve learned from him, and others online over the past two years, like: • Joel Grimes • David Hobby • Brooke Shaden • Miss Aniela • Erik Almas • Bill Gekas • Regina Pagles • Sue Bryce I hope this book is an inspiration for those like me, who love to see behind the scenes. To BUY the book, click on the little shopping cart in the …

Photo Illustration: Abigail with Butterflies

This is Abigail. A talented young woman who is spreading her wings and learning to fly. She’s a singer and musician who plays the piano, upright bass, electric bass, ukulele, drums and sax. She’s also a phenomenal ballet dancer and all-around nice kid. She just celebrated her twelfth birthday on the day this portrait was taken. I created this image for Project 52: Assignment 52 (yes, the last one of my second year!). I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. In fact, I almost nixed it at the last minute because I didn’t think I’d make the …

A New Book: Behind-the-Scenes with “The Man in the Red Jacket” Photography Series

It really IS a wonderful time to be an artist. It’s easier than ever to create, publish, and share your work with the world. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at “The Man in the Red Jacket”. All of the images in this book were created while participating in Don Giannatti’s Project 52 PRO workshop, using techniques and Photoshop tricks I’ve learned from him, and others online over the past two years, like: Joel Grimes, David Hobby, Brooke Shaden, Miss Aniela, Erik Almas, Bill Gekas, Regina Pagles, and Joey L., and Sue Bryce. I hope this book is an inspiration for …