Behind the Scenes: Leibovitz Re-Creation

For my latest self-portrait, it may have come off as “nailing” the image almost nearly on the mark. I have to share with you my process and let you in on some of my behind-the-scenes, sneaky photographer tricks.

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First, I chose the location and exposed for the light. I knew I wanted the overhang and moodiness so I snapped a few and once I liked the look, I went to placing the camera on self-timer and trying to position myself in the frame as closely as possible to the recreation image’s model. This took several frames, shooting with a 50mm lens, readjusting the tripod a few times, and also readjusting the camera angle. Here’s what that looks like:

So, once I was happy with the framing, I set the camera to take multiple frames with a few seconds between each frame. Going off of memory of what the recreation image looks like, I sifted through what I had, and decided I had one close enough to which image I thought would resemble Leibovitz’s and set off to the house.

You’ll notice that this is me, rushing out of the house after I’ve dropped my kiddo off at school and decided on a whim to shoot myself for a school assignment, thus, no makeup, not even checking my wardrobe in attempts to beat the rain that I could visibly see coming!

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Notice the funky alignment of the pockets? You guys… I can’t even make this stuff up! I’m just grateful I went no where else. I must’ve looked hilarious to the few people driving by me at this random bush, looking super confident taking self-portraits. Man, was I confident! HAHA!

Ok. So there is my base image. Now, I have to make it look closer to the Leibovitz image:

Leibovitz Portman

First, I put on a little makeup and fix the pockets.

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Ok! That’s MUCH better. I was going to leave it at that, and then when I recalled the image to my screen, I noticed the original shirt was much more gray than I thought, so I desaturated my top to match more closely.

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And, there you have it! My project from start to finish. πŸ™‚ And, photoshop makeup, if you have never tried it before, is really easy.

side by side

Get on that inspiration train and take a ride, y’all!


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