Such a timely post!!!
Touring the Rembrandt exhibit at the Minneapolis Museum of Art last month reminded me of the importance of his lighting style:
1, His lighting style stands the test of time. No fad, here. Most people have heard of it. There’s something to be said about a technique that has stood the test of time by a few hundreds years. It’s good to know that wedding photography today won’t be shunned in 50 years
2. He shared as much as he created in painting schools. Like, he had ‘followers.’ His creative school shaped his vision.
3. He created portraits of people favored in their best light. This concerns both painters and photographers alike. The human face responds best to certain types of light. Rembrandt’s trademark triangle of light on the cheek bone flatters the face, a reason it graces the covers of fashion magazines today. It just so happens north facing studios back in those days had not only cheaper rent, but softer light.
I applied these basic lessons into this wedding day portrait Lindsey & Matt in Chicago on last Saturday, as if Nigel Barker and Tim Gunn stood next to me, chanting ‘Make it work.’
More thoughts and behind-the-scenes glimpse here:http://www.kern-photo.com/index.php/2012/09/rembrandt-inspires-phaseone-wedding-photography