Sunday, January 10, 2010

Recreate a Famous Portrait

Recreate a Famous Portrait, originally uploaded by Stephanie.Grace.
DPS Weekend Photography Challenge: Recreate a Famous Portrait

Recreation of the famous photograph of iconic 1960s model, Twiggy. Be sure to check out the original here:

Uploaded from my Flickr:


  1. Hi Stephanie,

    I don't know if you follow David Hobby (the Strobist - but it may be worth it for this assignment (and for other things too of course).

    Your pics are really good, but you seem to have not noticed that the lighting in Twiggy's portrait is more or less center and above the face. It is also a medium-soft light (not a very hard line between the shadow area and the lighter area).

    I don't know what camera you're using ( suggests you're using a point and shoot which makes your images even more of an achievement than they already are). That will make the lighting using flash a bit more difficult, but not impossible. However, I'd suggest you try using a normal table/desk light with a bit of paper in front of it to enlarge the area of the image. Make up a rig (easiest is to get someone to hold the light and difusing paper where you want it (another advantage of the table lamp is that you're going to see where the shadows fall as the lamp moves).

    Cheers, and thanks for the pics!!

    Joe (

  2. Hi Joe,

    Thank you for the comment and tip on the site. I will definitely check that out. You're absolutely right--the camera used for all the shots on this blog is a simple point and shoot, and I have zero photography equipment. No lights, reflectors, lenses, filters, etc. I do what I can with what I've got, and am hoping to be able to invest in a nice digital SLR later this year!

    I tend to not use the flash on my point and shoot digital camera, so I will definitely play around with using some other smaller lighting, like a desk lamp, as you've suggested.

    Hopefully you will see continually improved shots on the blog!


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