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| p.3 #6 · New Obama White House portrait... guess what camera? |
Peter Figen wrote:
All I can say is that I've had more than my share of shoots with absolutely minimal time. I was given about two minutes with Armand Hammer, or another time less than a single minute with the president of Security Pacific bank (remember them?), or a huge fifteen minutes with George Harrision, but somehow was able to make decent light. But remember, this is the official White House photographer, who, I imagine, at least has the ability to set up his lights before and shoot test images with a stand-in. That's what I would do.
If you step back a bit from your edgy criticism, the photograph as an expression of the person it features actually is quite effective. The lighting minutiae that interest you so much are not of interest to much of anyone other than a person with your background perhaps.
I think it is a fine photograph which, like all photographs, can be critiqued as to how it might have been even better if an ideal situation existed (and it probably didn't) or if the photographer had the same aesthetic we have.