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Emulating a Master
Old 07-17-2006, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought some old Playboys and other magazines last week at a flea market. In one of them is a shot of a nude with pattern on her body from the light shining through a cloth, shot outdoors. I just love the shot and would like to try to copy it. Is it cool to try to copy it. I don't think I can improve on it with my meager talents but I'd love a similar shot for my portfolio. I thought I'd ask here as I am in total awe of so many of the photographers here.
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"Is it cool to try to copy it. "

It is a time-honored tradition in art to start by copying masters. Of course, you don't try to pass the copy off as an original...

Seriously, Sean, it's a great exercise, and an excellent way to learn to understand lighting. You've possibly seen some recent posts of Vargas-styled pinups (johne was, I believe the poster, but I'm too lazy to go verify that)...also a great learning exercise.

I doubt you'll get a single response saying otherwise.
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Old 07-17-2006, 04:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought some old Playboys and other magazines last week at a flea market. In one of them is a shot of a nude with pattern on her body from the light shining through a cloth, shot outdoors. I just love the shot and would like to try to copy it. Is it cool to try to copy it. I don't think I can improve on it with my meager talents but I'd love a similar shot for my portfolio. I thought I'd ask here as I am in total awe of so many of the photographers here.

In Photography school I was often told to find a photograph from an old master and copy the style and try to make mine as close to the original as I could.
Playboy photographers were not considered a master.
Edward Weston was one of my favorites.

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In Photography school I was often told to find a photograph from an old master and copy the style and try to make mine as close to the original as I could.
Playboy photographers were not considered a master.
Edward Weston was one of my favorites.
Well, while Mr. Weston is certainly a great photographer, some of us DO worship at the Altar of the Bunny... I've keep a shrine ( small one) to Posar in my office, for example!
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I bought some old Playboys and other magazines last week at a flea market. In one of them is a shot of a nude with pattern on her body from the light shining through a cloth, shot outdoors. I just love the shot and would like to try to copy it. Is it cool to try to copy it. I don't think I can improve on it with my meager talents but I'd love a similar shot for my portfolio. I thought I'd ask here as I am in total awe of so many of the photographers here.
Sean,

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Old 07-17-2006, 04:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm told that in some art schools the advanced students spend an inordinate amount of time copying the masters. I wonder if they learn anything by it? Somebody thinks so.
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plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. that concept can and should be applied to glamour photography.
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Old 07-17-2006, 05:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks everybody. I've contacted a local model to see if she's interested. I'll post the results if we can make it work.
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Old 07-17-2006, 06:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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"Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief." - Bono as The Fly, U2
i like that. it's so spot-on. plus, i just noticed i misquoted when quoting the adage i, uhh... tried quoting. should have read "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery..." but i like your U2 quote better. come to think of it, maybe i'll spin a U2 disk in my CD player right now. yeah, that's what i'm gonna do. thanks!
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