Caravaggio, Chiaroscuro and Portrait Photography Lecture by Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Thursday, 7 March 2019

National Portrait Gallery Acquired Photographer Rory Lewis, will be hosting a lecture on the influence of Caravaggio and Caravaggisti artists on his portrait photography.

 

Rory will lecture and demonstrate his techniques in lighting and direction. Using a model for the live demonstrations and speaking about the influence of Caravaggio and those artists who followed the great Michelangelo Merisi.

Farringdon Studio | 2 Bleeding Heart Yard | EC1N 8SJ London | United Kingdom

Thursday, 7 March 2019 from 18:00 to 20.30 (GMT)

The Taking of Christ Caravaggio/ Rory Lewis Version with David Bamber, Julian Bleach, Ciarán Hinds

About Caravaggio

Revered as the baroque master of life like portraits and light and shadow, the 16th-century painter Caravaggio is now being touted as the first master of photographic technique, two centuries before the formal invention of the camera.

 

The Italian artist has long been suspected of turning his studio into a giant camera obscura, punching a hole in the ceiling to help project images on to his canvas. But new research claims that Caravaggio also used chemicals to turn his canvases into primitive photographic film, “burning” images he then sketched on to for works such as St Matthew and the Angel.

Adrian LaTourelle Caravaggio Medusa

About the Lecturer

Rory Lewis is a British portrait photographer, his body of work includes countless celebrity sittings with Actors such as Sir Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Natalie Dormer, Ian McShane, Iain Glen and many other Portraits of Musicians and men and women of accomplishment. Rory’s work has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London & Lectures at the National Portrait Gallery & Victoria & Albert Museum, and his recent Photography Exhibitions Northerners Photography & Expressive have received Nationwide Recognition being featured by the BBC and National Press & Television. Rory’s client list includes Pepsi, Ministry of Defence, Cancer Research UK, The Guardian & The Times Newspapers. Rory’s inspirations include Renaissance Portraiture and German Expressionist Cinema.

Caravaggio Inspiration Saint Francis in Meditation (Caravaggio) & Tony Amendola Actor Rory Lewis

National Portrait Gallery Photography Workshop

Over the May bank holiday weekend, I had the pleasure of teaching a Portrait Photography Workshop at The National Portrait Gallery in London. Taking inspiration from the Galleries Tudor & Renaissance Portrait collection and taught over two days the workshop was fully subscribed. I had the pleasure of teaching 12 delegates throughout the weekend. No stranger to the gallery i’m always popping my head through the door to gorge upon the feast of art and intrigue. I was honoured to have one of my own portraits of Actor David Warner acquired by the gallery some years ago.

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

Day one began with a talk about my style of portraiture and how art has provided a great deal of inspiration in the lighting and detail of my own work. Then we moved on to talk about the work of Renaissance Artists, such as Michelangelo, DaVinci, Durer and Hans Holbein the Younger. After some refreshment, the delegates toured the galleries tudor and renaissance portraits, with a talk by myself on some of the most interesting pieces of the collection.

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

After lunch it was time to learn about lighting techniques using the galleries well equipped photographic studio. The delegates practiced their technique using a light meter to setup basic one and two light Renaissance Chiaroscuro Lighting with our first model Teo Pendle. After lighting skills where honed, I demonstrated direction and how to create different emotions and moods. The delegates then took it in turn to capture a varied collection of portraits illustrating different sides of Teo’s character.

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

Day two began with a review of all the delegates portraits from day one. We then recapped on the lighting techniques and skills. The delegates then worked in groups to re-create versions of the renaissance portraits in the gallery.

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

After lunch it was time to work with our Second model Laure O’Rourke, the delegates working in groups visited the gallery to plan a series of portraits using the collection as inspiration. Then taking it in turn to re-create their own versions of portraits with Laura. Shoots completed, I reviewed all the portraits captured, and gave individual feedback on lighting and direction.

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

The course was a wonderful success, packing in as much as I possibly could over two days, the Delegates walked away with a new appreciation of art and photographic skills. Capturing their own collection of portraiture. It was fascinating to see everyones unique style and approach to the practical photography session. If you are interested in my photography workshops in the UK or USA, please take a look at my Photography Course Page. I will be returning to teach at the National Portrait Gallery in 2017 and i’m already planning my next workshop.

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

National Portrait Gallery Workshop, Rory Lewis Photographer 28th & 29th May 2016

Intermediate Portrait Lighting

This week I have put together a collection of helpful portrait lighting diagrams; along with all the equipment used to capture them. Choosing the right equipment for your photoshoots can make your life much easier.  Don’t forget a good light meter is essential, you will be surprised, I have taught a great deal of budding photographers in my workshops, and many have never used a light meter. I recommend the Sekonic L-308S , it’s simple to use and will ensure accuracy in your metering.

 

Black Backdrop Rim Lighting:

Rim Lighting Portrait London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Equipment List:

Camera Fuji XT1 & 18-135mm Lens Kit 

Lighting X3 Bowens 400 RX Strobes

Backdrop Black 2.72M Seamless Backdrop Paper

X2 Strip 100 Softboxes 

x1 21″ White Beauty Dish

X2 Matthews Flags 18×24″


Location Portrait:

Location Portrait Lighting Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Equipment List:

Camera Mamiya Leaf Credo 40 Digital back with Mamiya 645DF

Backdrop Lastolite 5′ x 6′ (1.5mx1.8m) Collapsible Backdrop Grey/White 

Lighting Profoto B2 250 AirTTL To-Go Kit 

Profoto Off Camera Flash Softbox 2″ Octa (60 cm) 

Profoto 80cm Reflector – Black/White

Profoto 80cm Reflector – White/Silver


Contour Lighting

Body Contour Portrait Lighting

Equipment List:

Camera Nikon D750 Digital SLR Camera with 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Backdrop Mandarin 2.72m x 11m Seamless 

Lighting x3 Bowens Gemini 500 Pro Flash Heads

x1 21″ White Beauty Dish

x2 Bowens 100 Lumiair Softboxes  x2 Egg Crates