Canon 5D Mark II

Part I: Girl with a Pearl Earring - The Photograph

Photograph on right © Rick Sammon. All rights reserved.
One of my favorite paintings is, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. The painting has been referred to as, "The Mona Lisa of the North." Hey, I like it even better than the Mona Lisa.

One of my favorite movies is "Girl with a Pearl Earring," starring Scarlett Johansson.

Both the painting and the movie inspired today's shoot. I wanted to recreate the lighting and look and feel of the portrait with my digital camera and bit of Photoshop work. I made the portrait in my office – I don't have a studio.

I'm kinda jammed right now, but tomorrow or the next day I will show you some behind-the-scenes shots from the shoot. I'll also share the tech info on the making of the "Girl with a Pearl Earring - The Photograph."

Okay, a quick tip: I used the Portrait Smooth effect in Topaz Adjust to smooth out the model's skin. For more on Topaz Adjust, click here.

Stay tuned.

For now, try this type of "self assignment" at home.  After all, it's Sunday, a day off for many folks. Find a painting that you admire, see the light, note the props, and try to make a photograph that looks like the painting.

Another idea is to find a photograph that you like and . . . :-)

I teach stuff like this on some of my workshops and at my seminars. Join the fun!

Explore the light,

P.S. If you like photographing people, you might like my book, Face to Face:

Ready, Steady - Shoot

Check out this fun video. Educational, too!

Juan Pons and I shot these segments during the making of our DVD on the how to shoot HD videos with the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D (due out early next year).

We have fun in the videos, but we give some serious HD video - and sound – shooting tips!

Yes, the "backin' up" effect was inspired by the Gregory bothers popular video, "The Backin' Up" song on YouTube.

Explore the light,


P.S. Click here to see the DSLR video gear I use and recommend.

DVD in the Making - Day IV: Shooting HD Videos with the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D

Juan Pons and I are almost done shooting our DVD on how to make great HD videos with the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D.

We've been here in Croton-on-Hudson, NY for four days, shooting non-stop from dawn to dusk. Included in the DVD will be clips from Juan's travels and my travels to: Laos, Maui, California, Texas, Yellowstone, North Carolina and New York.

Stay tuned!

Explore the light,

P.S. The all-important segment on sound is about 20 minutes.