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Creating intense colour in a photograph

Albert Watson

Masters of Photography

Albert Watson

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42. Creating intense colour in a photograph
Albert creates intense colour in an image. Listen to Albert as he takes you through his preparation process, and the techniques he used to construct one of his most well known images, Red Devil.

Lessons

Class Trailer
1 Meet your Master 01:26 2 Learn from the journey 15:24 3 Using inspirations 08:43 4 Photography is stopping time 09:27 5 Albert's library of ideas 08:30 6 Tips on preparing for a portrait shoot 12:10 7 Setting up the studio 04:56 8 Understanding studio collaboration 07:35
9 The importance of casting and hair & make-up 08:59 10 Foreground studio set up 08:46 11 Studio session with a model - set up 1 11:23 12 Studio session with a model - set up 2 05:55 13 Studio session with a model - set up 3 08:01 14 Picking the best shot 03:36 15 Working with photoshop 13:14 16 Creating a portrait of Alfred Hitchcock 04:18 17 The gigantic question... Colour or black and white? 07:55 18 One day with Kate Moss 05:06 19 Learn to have your ideas ready 06:14 20 Using Polariods 06:29 21 Creating beautiful photographs of hands 04:45 22 Controlling natural light 05:38 23 Shooting a monkey with a gun 06:27 24 Choosing your format 07:13 25 Composition and lens 04:47 26 Shooting landscapes. The Isle of Skye 15:18 27 Planning and ideas for a landscape shoot 06:32 28 Creating still life images 13:48 29 Photographing the Lost Diary 10:53 30 Shooting album covers 03:09 31 The Strip Search Project 10:28 32 Shooting Las Vegas landscapes 08:24 33 Photographing Breaunna 07:21 34 Balancing daylight, God bless America 03:45 35 Creating the Maroc Project 10:21 36 Creating the Maroc shoot 08:11 37 Photographing sand dunes 04:09 38 Photographing Moroccan children 10:42 39 Advice on making portraits 10:12 40 How to be alert to finding photographs 07:36 41 Making a portrait of Mike Tyson 02:40 42 Creating intense colour in a photograph 03:05 43 Portraits of rap stars and a Golden Boy 08:40 44 Photographing Jack Nicholson 04:21 45 Creating a portrait of David Cronenberg 02:14 46 How to light only using two $10 bulbs 07:30 47 Studio fashion set up 4 10:48 48 Studio session with a model. The geography of a face 13:05 49 Look inside the picture 02:57 50 Creating memorability in an image 02:54 51 Combining nudes and landscapes 04:52 52 A perfect print 07:51 53 The business side of things 06:51 54 Conclusion and farewell 03:55

Lesson Info

Creating intense colour in a photograph

(energetic music) I was working on a project for a German magazine, Stern, and I ended up in Ouarzazate in Morocco, south of the Atlas. I was working with a well know model at the time, Waris, she's from I think, Somalia. She's a beauty, wonderful, good personality, strong model that you can really do something with. I'd had this idea in New York, that kind of, I actually kind of stole a little bit of the idea from a German illustration from the 1920's. I kind of prepared the shot in this way. I was going to do it in color, so I prepared what I was going to do in color. I arrived there with a nice piece of red fabric and I put back lights on my red fabric, with red lights, red filters on the lights. So not only was the fabric red but the light hitting was red. When you do this, you get a rather wonderful neon effect, so the color looks neon, not just red, but neon red. (energetic music) So, then with her skin, we used a very light, kind of matte moisturizer on her skin. So I wanted a...

certain amount of shine but not too much. I also brought from New York, a food dye, and the food dye was in red and I wanted to dye her tongue red for the shot. So I brought it with me from New York. The other thing I brought from New York, was a gold tooth that I found in a souvenir shop in Times Square. So I bought it and you just clip it on. So it's a gold tooth. The other thing that I had brought is some gold paper, which I rolled into horns. So, it was always about the gold tooth, the tongue and the horns and her attitude, of course. The red was just what I chose, I mean it could have been a different color, it could have been gold, pink, something else, but I chose red. I always preferred it when the skin was a little bit desaturated later. It was a strong looking shot and was shot on a Hasselblad, with a 150 millimeter lens. Fairly straightforwardly shot, you know? The front light was actually natural sun light. So I protected the background a little bit, for the strobes, and then went ahead and used the natural sunlight in the front. So that's how that shot was done. (energetic music)

Class Description



IN THIS CLASS YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Albert’s tips and tricks on landscape, fashion, portraiture and still life photography.
  • Simple lighting techniques using natural light and studio light
  • Simple tips on preparing for portrait shoots
  • How to create incredible portraits using just two $10 bulbs
  • Albert’s tips and tricks on landscape, fashion, portraiture and still life photography.
  • Simple lighting techniques using natural light and studio light
  • Simple tips on preparing for portrait shoots
  • How to create incredible portraits using just two $10 bulbs


ABOUT ALBERT’S CLASS:

Learn how Albert creates his amazing photographs on location and in the studio using simple explanations.

Albert reveals his shoot secrets on how he photographs Presidents, Hollywood stars, music’s greatest artists, landscapes, nudes, chimpanzees and still life. We follow him on location in Morocco, Paris and in his studio in New York. You will find out where he suggests you look to get inspiration, how to approach a portrait session, see how to light like Albert.

We show you exactly how Albert works on these images after the shoot, it’s all about Albert giving you his ideas and advice and helping you see and create better images for yourself.

It’s not about what camera to use, it’s about how to see and develop ideas, concepts and narrative to make stunning photographs.

As Albert says..."You have to stay switched on"

Reviews

Richard A. Heckler
 

"Unless you're Mozart"...this course is an invaluable asset. I'm a pro, humanitarian/documentary photographer, & wilderness...and I've learned much from the 40+ sessions here. This is truly a Master Class...next best thing to being with Albert. And although I could watch studio sessions forever, this course offered a very balanced curriculum of technical information, artistic encouragement and guidance, and a open, generous window into the thinking of a gifted artist and photographer, sifted from decades of first class experience. Kudos to all involved. Excellent!

a Creativelive Student
 

I purchased my first CreativeLive class in 2011 and have continued to purchase many classes over the years. I have learned so much from the many great instructors. This one is not a technical class that will tell you to set your camera at f4, 1/60, ISO 400 and you can get this shot. If you are looking for that, there are many other options. If you have a solid working knowledge of photography, this class is so much more. The way it was filmed is like you are there with him in conversation or in the room with him watching him shoot. To see and understand the how and why he does what he does. Not to take anything away from other classes that have helped to give me a strong understanding of photography, this is my favorite CreativeLive class so far.