Inside Peter Lindbergh

Non classé

Following Paolo Roversi’s interest in natural light, I like the delicacy of Peter Lindbergh’s pictures. Here is what I keep from both of them.

Diffuse ambient light, soft tones, soft contrasts

Natural poses with an aloof expression, uninterested by the camera
Barefoot ; nude shoulders
White shirt, scarf, underwear
Intimate moment

One modeling light  (soft box, HMI continuous light or umbrella) with sometimes a reflector
One background light (sometimes a card to shadow bottom body)

Long exposure (1/4″ to 1″)

Play on association of textures (wool of a jumper, transparency of silk, fabric background…)


Creation is the birth of something, and something cannot come from nothing. When someone creates something: a painting, a poem, a photograph, the creativity comes from an idea, from a feeling, from emotion, or from a combination of ideas, feelings and emotions that are somehow ‘reborn’ from all our experiences and perspectives.

Lighting Essentials for Photographers, lesson on Peter Lindbergh’s portrait
Udemy, free online workshop on Natural Light Fashion/Beauty Photography
Couture Allure, Vogue Italia 2011, video on Paolo Roversi’s series of light painting
The Haute Couture, Vogue Italia 2011, video on Paolo Roversi’s backstage
So light, so charming, video of backstage of Peter Lindbergh’s shooting (2013)
Pirelli Calendar 2017 by Lindbergh : Behind the Scenes
Roversi, P. (1999) Nudi
Roversi, P. (2008) Studio


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