7. Portraits: Beyond the Numbers


Olympic runner Allyson Felix shot in a studio. For this photo we built a 32-foot ramp of plywood with a crashpad at the bottom. The background is a hand-painted rental. To capture this sort of movement with complete sharpness, you need to use strobe lights with very short durations: I used Elinchrom 500R Monoblock units here.

Canon EOS-1Ds, Canon EF 70–200mm f2.8L lens at 115mm, f9 @ 1/250, ISO 50.

When I was just starting out, I shared a studio with another photographer. Tony Korody was a terrific photographer who shot news and celebrities for many major magazines, including People. One day I asked him why his ...

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