Monday, March 5, 2012

New Technology Enters the Process: Kirk Tuck of Visual Science Lab Reinvents His Portrait Style

Kirk Tuck - New Portrait Style
Portrait by Kirk Tuck, Visual Science Labs,
Olympus EP-3, Olympus 45mm f1.8 Lens
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Kirk Tuck has posted a great blog entry about his portrait technique:
(Click Here) to read Kirk's post.
He shares the history of his training in portraiture, including processing films quickly, and printing onto paper that would soon fade, to ensure that customers wouldn't just go home satisfied with the proof prints. It's a great story.
Then Kirk describes his new technique, which he is still developing. He uses the Olympus EP-3 Micro 4/3 format camera, and Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens. This evolution from medium format film, which produced negatives larger than some of today's cameras (not the images, the cameras!) to a tiny digital sensor is very interesting. You can tell by the result posted that nothing has been lost in the process; it's a beautiful portrait. In fact, I think it's safe to say it's better than what would have been produced by the old process.
Kirk also talks about the face recognition focus in the EP-3. This motivates me to explore what the Lumix system can do. I'll report back on that subject later.