It’s a good morning for breaking off relationships. Not with people of course, but with photos. Because it’s portfolio update wednesday and I love all of you images, but it’s time to update my book with new work. It’s not you, it’s me. This is the song that best embodies the event of updating a portfolio.
Sometimes, you just have to get dramatic. For me, using ‘Rembrandt Lighting’ in photos, comes in at a close second to listening to Coldplay in the rain, as of means of achieving drama bliss. Here’s an example in a portrait I photographed of “Ryan Lochte, an American competitive swimmer and an eleven-time Olympic medalist. His seven individual Olympic medals rank as second all-time in men’s swimming” (wiki).
The word chiaroscuro isn’t just convoluted artistic babble. It’s the key to unlocking a new way of seeing and capturing the world. Basically, chiaroscuro refers to the strong use of light/dark in a scene a.k.a. high contrast. In photography and film it’s often referred to as “Rembrandt lighting.” The look is not only beautiful but creates an effect of three dimensionality on a subject. This idea of dark/light originated during the renaissance, as a way of shading in drawing. The famous painter/artist Rembrandt used the technique, to create striking emotion and realistic shading in his work.
See the light…
The easiest way for me to “see it” is to look for an inverted triangle shape of light, usually under, one of the subject’s eyes. You can see the effect on Ryan, from a highly placed key light source, camera left, hitting the subject from less than a 45 degree angle.
This was a fun discovery today. Thanks to google’s live auto search updates, I was able to find a message board posting from yesterday, with some cool feedback about my work and about Bob a.k.a. “Kid Rock.”
Nothing beats the strange/awkward feeling, of reading strangers talk about you and your work on Kid Rock’s Official website. But hey, thanks for checking it out guys! Rock On!
****A COPY OF THE COMMENTS FROM: www.kidrock.com ****
- Bob’s photo portrait taken by Jeff Schearbluesuedeshoe says (14 may ‘13)
Photo portrait of Bob. Pretty amazing. Think you only get one look before you have to log in, so make it count, lol.
Worth scrolling around and looking at some of Schear’s other work too. Impressive.Filed Under: Extreme Kid Rock
Tue, 05/14/2013 – 10:53pm — Rocksavedmysoul
I love that it’s in black and white-way more intimate and revealing, and somehow fitting with the grittiness of Detroit.Tue, 05/14/2013 – 8:22pm — TheRoxy
Hes so……..YUMMYTue, 05/14/2013 – 6:38pm — Cheryl J – Loga…
My new desk top theme picture. Thanks for the link.Tue, 05/14/2013 – 3:52pm — TammyRay
good catch Blue, Thanks, and yes worth seeing his other photos too.. Very talented (and lucky) man..Tue, 05/14/2013 – 3:33pm — Bluesuedeshoe
Thanks, guys. It is a very good pic.Tue, 05/14/2013 – 2:20pm — Cheryl J – Loga…
Got it if you only use the actual web address then go into celebrity for choice. NiceTue, 05/14/2013 – 2:24pm — Rbspearman
If you go to www.jeffschear.com, you can click on photos at the bottom of the page. Then choose the celebrity category and I think Kid Rock is the 4th picture. I didn’t have to log in or have a password (maybe it lets you in one time before prompting, idk.)Tue, 05/14/2013 – 2:38pm — Cheryl J – Loga…
Thanks got excited and missed a step
Here’s a portrait photograph I took of actor/comedian Nick Cannon this week. Honestly, not going to lie, Nick looks great in purple.
“Nicholas Scott “Nick“ Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American actor, comedian, rapper, and radio/television personality. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on All That before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild ‘N Out, and America’s Got Talent. He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, and Roll Bounce. As a rapper, he released his debut self-titled album in 2003 with the hit single “Gigolo”, a collaboration with singer R. Kelly. In 2006, Cannon recorded singles “Dime Piece” and “My Wife” for a planned album Stages, which was never released. Cannon married American R&B/pop singer Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008″ (wikipedia.com).
Heidi Klum photo is a “Hot Shot” for Us Magazine. Photo: (Jeff Schear/Getty Images North America).
It’s always interesting to see how people break down fashion stories with images. Working during/on reality tv tapings are always one for the memory book. Here’s a story from the UK in the DailyMail breaking down some of the fashion and drama. Photos by Jeff Schear/Getty Images North America.
War of the waists! Mel B holds her own against a leather-clad Heidi Klum at America’s Got Talent gala
When your job involves standing side-by-side with a supermodel you have a great incentive to hit the gym.
And Mel B had obviously done just that as she posed with Heidi Klum at a red carpet event to promote America’s Got Talent on Wednesday.
The former Sprice Girl hold her own as she showed off her gym-honed waist in a dazzling patterned yellow, green and blue frock at Akoo Theatre in Rosemont, Illinois.
The 37-year-old former mother-of-three had a definite glimmer as she let her long brown locks fall straight around her shoulders.
Mel B, whose full name is Melanie Brown, matched her festive frock with a pair of pointy bright yellow heels.
Blue nail polish gleamed on her fingertips and there was a complimentary blue bangle on her wrist and wide blue ring on her index finger.
The dress hugged her curvy figure in all the right places and saw her rival Heidi.
Of course Heidi, a former supermodel, has walked down dozens of runways and knew just what to do to sway attention her way
The 39-year-old strolled her long legs down the red carpet and stopped to pose with hand on hips and toes slightly pointed together.
Heidi wore a midnight-blue long-sleeved leather dress that was more like a second skin than a piece of clothing.
Her waspishly slender waist was one of her most eye-catching features, and surprising for one who has borne four children.
Heidi proudly paraded her lean and limber body at every advantageous angle, including the plunging zipper neckline.
Her hair was pulled back in a tight ponytail, which accentuated the firm squareness of her jaw and high model cheekbones.
It’s probably no coincidence that neither Heidi nor Mel B chose to pose together.
Heidi must be rearing to make an impression on AGT, especially after her success on Project Runway.
NBC made the announcement on March 4 that Heidi would be added as a fourth judge to the show.
The move definitely makes things more interesting on the judges panel, which also includes returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern and host Nick Cannon.
Mel B and Heidi are both known to be strong opinionated ladies.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2321689/Mel-B-holds-leather-clad-Heidi-Klum-Americas-Got-Talent-gala.html#ixzz2So3MquRz
Jeff Schear Photos, The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Presents: ‘The Walk’ at Millenium Park.
Here’s some interesting photos…(click image to enlarge/show 6 looks) photographed…. CHICAGO, IL – MAY 03: A model walks the runway at the School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Presents: ‘The Walk’ at Millenium Park on May 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images)
Photo for Christie’s on Mashable today: “Christie’s Bolsters Online Auctions in Bid for Younger Customers.”
BY LAUREN INDVIK
Christie’s, a 250-year-old auction house with showrooms spanning from New York to Shanghai, is expanding it’s online catalog to reach new — namely, younger — customers more akin to making purchases from their laptop computers than in a formal auction house.
This year, Christie’s is dramatically increasing the number and breadth of online-only auctions from seven to about 40, bringing accessibly priced objects and works of art to engage with what a spokesperson calls “early adopters.” These auctions are separate from Christie’s LIVE, which allows consumers to tune in to and bid on real-time auctions around the world. The online-only auctions, which began about a year-and-a-half ago, function more like eBay, allowing shoppers to browse and submit bids on items in a two-week timeframe.
Last month, Christie’s held an online-only auction for 41 images by American photographer Diane Arbus. Her pieces have fetched more than half a million dollars in previous auctions, but Christie’s offered a more affordable selection, ranging from $4,000 to $9,000. (In the end, the most expensive went for $32,000; the least, $6,500.) Currently, Christie’s is hosting online-only auctions for vintage accessories, as well as prints and photographs from Andy Warhol.Wine is another popular category.
Overseeing the growth in online sales is former Gilt Groupe executive John Auerbach, who joined Christie’s in November as international managing director of e-commerce. Auerbach previously, oversaw Gilt’s full-priced men’s retail site Park & Bond, which was folded into Gilt Man in September.
Auerbach says the online auctions, though still in their infancy, have delivered thus far on their promises. An online-only sale attracts bidders from 35 countries on average, 70% of whom are new to Christie’s. Auerbach declined to name specifics but said that a “material percentage” are younger buyers.
“A lot of wealth in the last decade was created by people in 30s and 40s, and online sales give those people a moment to step out of their working day to get involved in collecting and interacting with Christie’s in a way they couldn’t before,” Auerbach says. “We’re creating a channel for people to buy that’s native to them.”
Auerbach says the company looks to a number of factors when deciding what to sell only online versus in a showroom. The first hurdle, he says, is to make sure that whatever Christie’s is offering is unique and exclusive to Christie’s. “Beyond that, it’s about matching Christie’s specific areas of expertise and customer niches, finding the right offering for specific groups of customers.”
Auerbach says that luxury goods do particularly well online, as do multiples, prints and photographs. “There’s no category that doesn’t make sense online, but you might see a more accessible starting price point in online sales than in offline sales,” he says. “But it’s the same cataloguing and authentication process, finding the best of the best, things we all think are unique and special and exciting.”
Room for Improvement
As part of its investment in online channels, Christie’s is not only increasing the number of online-only auctions, but working to make the experience “as tactile as possible,” Auerbach says. That includes more images, better zoom capabilities, 360-degree rotating images and video, as we’ll as input from specialists on a particular lot. “We want online bidders to have enough information to go on when making their decision [to buy],” says Auerbach.
According to eMarketer’s estimates, 15% of U.S. online purchases will take place on mobile devices this year, but Christie’s has yet to fully optimize for smartphones and tablets beyond a mobile-optimized web site and SMS alert system. Auerbach says that mobile is a “large focus” and that Christie’s is already seeing some traffic and bidding from those devices on its mobile web site. Online-only sales are not currently available in Christie’s iOS app, but will be soon, he says.
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