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« on: September 27, 2013, 06:04:40 AM »
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Hello!

I came across Serge Lutens studio photography recently and I really want to try this look. I am wondering how to achieve a pale matte look within the studio. To me it looks like ambient light, very soft. If you have any ideas please let me know. Thank you
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2013, 01:38:45 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2013, 02:14:53 PM »
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Why dont you ask the shooter dirdctly? Are you interested in learning the way he lit or photoshopping part?
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2013, 02:22:20 PM »
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There isn't a way to contact him directly. I am looking to know more about how to light it
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2013, 03:12:05 PM »
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So you start asking on a website called Luminous LANDSCAPE ?

and start bumping a thread after less than nine hours ?
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2013, 03:34:07 PM »
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I am asking in a forum for photographers. I have seen lots of portraiture on here. There is nothing wrong with what I have done and I think you're being rather rude. I am just looking for advice on a photographic style.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2013, 03:44:03 PM »
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There is nothing wrong with what I have done and I think you're being rather rude.
Actually posting other people's photographs without their consent is something many users here will be very critical of.
Bumping a thread after just a few hours for a non-urgent enquiry is also poorly regarded.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2013, 04:01:53 PM »
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You really need to go for a more fulfilling life if your focus is on these things rather than helping.
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2013, 04:17:10 PM »
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I'm not the one with a problem here and actually I AM trying to help you.

You'll get the best answers by asking appropriate questions in the right place and in the right way, neither of which you've managed here so far.
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2013, 05:44:30 PM »
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Photog 89,

I am not sure, but I think that these particular images may be from Serge Lutens time at Christian Dior — maybe they are early in his Shieido time.  But probably about 30 or more years ago.  There was no digital and retouching was done by specialist, usually using 11x14 inter-positives with dyes and air-brushes.

I remember because I was working as a photographer doing my own make-up at the time and Serge was a make-up artist doing his own photography.

I doubt very much that these would have been achieved with available light.  Perhaps they were shot on large format — 10x8 even.

A white studio is, essentially, a huge soft box within which you place the talent and yourself.  There is very skillful modelling of the facial contours which would suggest a multi-lamp set-up.

Serge is 71 years of age and a parfumier these days.  Contacting him could be well nigh impossible.

Here is the link to his Wiki entry and there are details of books he did listed on the page.  Back in the day, I used to have the Dior booklets that had page after page of his amazing work.  Dior had joined with Kodak in research for pigments to use in the make-up which were as compatible as possible with the dyes used in the film emulsion to produce a film and photography range called Visiora.  It was magnificent and I still have a four thousand dollar kit of the stuff.

Happy venturing,

Walter
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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2013, 07:18:50 PM »
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There isn't a way to contact him directly. I am looking to know more about how to light it

If thats what got you perplexed,  may I suggest you look for shadows?
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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2013, 08:24:26 PM »
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Photog 89,

I am not sure, but I think that these particular images may be from Serge Lutens time at Christian Dior — maybe they are early in his Shieido time.  But probably about 30 or more years ago.  There was no digital and retouching was done by specialist, usually using 11x14 inter-positives with dyes and air-brushes.

I remember because I was working as a photographer doing my own make-up at the time and Serge was a make-up artist doing his own photography.

I doubt very much that these would have been achieved with available light.  Perhaps they were shot on large format — 10x8 even.

A white studio is, essentially, a huge soft box within which you place the talent and yourself.  There is very skillful modelling of the facial contours which would suggest a multi-lamp set-up.

Serge is 71 years of age and a parfumier these days.  Contacting him could be well nigh impossible.

Here is the link to his Wiki entry and there are details of books he did listed on the page.  Back in the day, I used to have the Dior booklets that had page after page of his amazing work.  Dior had joined with Kodak in research for pigments to use in the make-up which were as compatible as possible with the dyes used in the film emulsion to produce a film and photography range called Visiora.  It was magnificent and I still have a four thousand dollar kit of the stuff.

Happy venturing,

Walter

Dang!  It is little gems like this that make this forum priceless.  Thanks for the story, Walter.
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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2013, 10:04:57 PM »
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And Dang! again,

I was so engrossed that I neglected to post the Wiki link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serge_Lutens

Thanks guys, an my apologies,

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