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Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop by Vincent Versace

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Creating Stardust

When most people think of movie-star images from the 1930s and ’40s, George Hurrell’s classic photographs come to mind. With his iconic portraits of Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, and Gary Cooper, Hurrell invented the Hollywood glamour photograph, and his dramatic use of light was second to none.

Hurrell most often used two focusable light sources, which he diffused and placed above and on either side of his subject. This type of lighting became known as “butterfly lighting” because of the hallmark shadow it produced under the subject’s nose.

He lit his famous subjects with movie or hot lights, not strobes, and photographed them with an 8 3 10 view camera, not an SLR. He didn’t have the luxury of roll film or CompactFlash cards. ...

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