I like Terry Richardson’s work. I do, and I’m not alone. He has to be one of the most prolific editorial and cover shooters today, and to date. His work graces the cover of Australian Marie Claire Magazine for September, and this year he’s already nabbed covers for Rolling Stone, W Korea, Harper’s Bazaar, and more editorials than I care to list here.
His work is often criticized for its ‘simple’ nature, yet imitated even more, and to much less success. Many seem to have the idea that ‘Uncle Terry’ just shoots bare, and there’s nothing much to his shots, but I rather think otherwise. There’s some hidden genius in there, regardless on your personal view of his person. So how does he do it?
Well, once gain StyleMyPic is at it and aiming to show you how to shoot and edit in the style of the pros, and this time it’s Richardson. You don’t need to be using film in a Yashica T4 like he used to, nor do you need to have a specialized Speedlight bracket or cyclorama or Hasselblad.
Here’s what’s being used:
*Some have noted that the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 isn’t a ‘basic’ piece of kit. While isn’t not a kit lens, it’s still not a highly specialized or extremely pricey piece of glass. That said, I’m sure a similar result could be had with even a less specialized lens if it’s what you’ve got, especially at the aperture needed for this set-up.*
Off Camera Flash – Set to 24mm, kept as close to the lens as possible; in this case, triggered remotely – but not necessary.
Sid was also typically nice enough to include links to a free PSD source file you can practice on, which lets you get a good feel of the retouching without even shooting. Also, while these videos are clearly using the StyleMyPic Photoshop Panel (which you can learn about on the site), he goes through how you can get the looks without it. Check out his site here and show some love.
If you are starting out or have entry level gear and want to really push its limits and see just how much you can actually do with a camera like the D5200, check out Photography 101, which will enable you to do just that, and speedily.