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Glamour Headshot
by Gary Bernstein -

Subject: Elizabeth Taylor
Client: Parfums International
Location: Gary Bernstein Studio, Culver City, California
Camera: 35mm SLR
Lens: 85mm
Lighting: Two electronic flash units
Light Control: One silvered reflector
Film: Kodak Kodachrome 25
Filtration: Warming filter
Exposure Metering: Incident
Exposure: 1/60 second at f/8

This image was made for Unilever/Parfums International for use as a POS poster in retail stores around the world. I had Denny Manufacturing paint a special pink canvas with diagonal streaks in white light and blue that matched the elements I intended to use in the photograph. Elizabeth was seated comfortably on a sofa, with a white satin remnant thrown across the back. A second remnant in pink, to match the Harry Winston jewelry, was draped around her shoulders.

I lit the image with a main Photogenic strobe (in a pan light mounted on a boom) and a large Broncolor softbox on a boom as a hair light. An assistant moved a silvered reflector in and out as I shot my motorized 35mm camera.

Elizabeth is normally quite tan. However, the lightness of her skin in this particular session competed with th evariety of pinks surrounding her. So I used a warming filter on my lens to create a bit more brown in her skin tone.

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