Back to my Monday videos and today we are looking at photographers who do fine art portraits, but they also discuss their workflows. Well they talk about why they do.
Whenever you hear people talking about fine art photography they always seem to be talking about people who do portraits. It is a bit sad, but there are a lot of photographers who are doing them. Even though you might not do them we can always learn something.
Can I tell you a story?
When my children were small I was listening to a new mum telling a room of people that she was sick of all the advice that people were giving her. My reaction was to think she was being so stupid. I discovered that you never know what piece of random advice people give you will help you solve a problem.
This is part of the reason why I like to watch what other photographers are doing, we can learn from them. So with that in mind, I have three fine art portrait photographers for you who share what they do and discuss some of their workflows. I’m sure you will find them as interesting as I did.
Fine Art Portrait Photographers and their workflows
Robert Osborn is a new photographer to me. I discovered him today as I was looking for videos to show you on YouTube. He does a lot of portraits, but they are really interesting. The way he takes the photos is very sensitive to the people he is photographing. The images bring out the characters and personalities in a way.
His work is all black and white, but that seems to work to give them a timeless feel. Extraordinary images, and I’m sure you will love them too. Osborn is such a character himself and he doesn’t look like a photographer. I could also relate to the stories of why he got into photography.
This is a shorter video but what Jason River has to say is really good. I can relate to much of it. He talks about how he got into photography and gives us some insights into his thought processes around his work.
I have been watching the work of Jennifer Hudson, or Thoreson since she married, for a number of years now. While what she does is not necessarily the type of work I want to do, I find the way she works is. I have learned so much from her over the years I’ve been paying attention. Even watching this video has given me quite a few ideas for some new things.
There are quite a few things that she does that I do in my workflow even though we do very different work from one another.
In this video she talks quite a bit about her process and what she wants to do. It is an old video, 2012, but it is still relevant.