Lee Jeffries portraits

Those who love the beautiful appearance in the first place, the will probably not inspire Lee Jeffries portraits. Friends iconic character portraits, however, are likely to be particularly impressed with his black and white works.

British photographer was known mainly with its striking images of English and American homeless. He manages to stage these social outcasts in a form such that it is meant to look modern saint in the faces. With his photos he brings us closer to all the people. Although we get those portrayed in the picture so much closer than likely in real life, never giving the impression to get too close to them or can be made even by photographer voyeur. On the contrary. Each and every one exudes an incredible dignity.

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How are these pictures?

Jeffries succeed these images through a combination of communication, recording techniques and post-processing. First and foremost, it lacks the fear of approaching people. He builds them on a personal relationship before it starts taking pictures. This, by its own account, often very long conversations allow him to build a relationship of trust. He learns the stories of the people and can thus to a certain extent reflect the real life conditions of its models in the pictures by gestures or facial expressions. Because the working speed plays an important role on the road, Jeffries relies on small Equipment: A camera with fast wide angle and a small reflector must be sufficient to produce the starting material. When editing in Photoshop lives in Manchester and full-time working as an accountant photographer then pulls out all the stops of the artist of the gray scale to the impact of his motives to provide a good deal of timelessness to the side.

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Lee Jeffries portraits: the book

Now a new book has been published by Lee Jeffries. "Portraits" is strong over 230 pages and contains a variety of colored and black and white portraits. Who has no problem to read short texts in English, will be pleased with the additional information to many images. The book with the ISBN 978-1-5272-4803-8 costs on the Website by Lee Jeffries 115 pounds sterling. With shipping, it is converted at around 160 euros. Currently 22 individual motifs in the form of limited prints you can from a unit price of 95 euros at Yellow Korner purchase.

Lee Jeffries Portraits: The Aesthetics - homemade Lightroom / Camera Raw

Of course it is not easy, the pictures of Lee Jeffries 1: 1 to imitate with techniques of image processing. The impression should not be raised here. His pictures live from the subject. But is expected to many a portrait with dark or semi-dark backgrounds, which you already have lying around on your hard drive, Jeffries postprocessing Lee-suited for fast processing with.

output images

Ideally, such images have a dark and homogeneous background. If not, is the but not a problem. If you want to photograph the motifs specifically recommended because of the strong light loss - a gated entrance, a garage (as in the example), or the like - preferably a dark cloth. The light should not be too garish. A cloudy sky is perfect, otherwise you have to find a shady spot. As a lens Voightländer was 40-millimeter f / 1.4 is used. No real wide angle like Jeffries, who likes using 24-millimeter lenses, and I would have for this purpose can also approach a little closer. The result would have been "more three-dimensional" face characteristics. In most cases the results then are not exactly flattering. seen in the picture is the way Detlef Motz, the chief editor of Online magazine Photogenic.

Trim and black and white conversion

Typical Lee Jeffries images cut the person at the top of the head. Here I have decided on a landscape format and used for the first black and white conversion, the "normal" Adobe monochrome profile. Then I matched the gray implementation of the skin by darkening of reds, yellows and lightening the subsequent fine adjustment of oranges fine.

more contrast

The next step comes to reinforce the image contrast on. The basic principle is: One tends dark image with sharp contrasts. So "Black" and "White" strengthen, reduce the "exposure" and increase especially the values ​​of "structure", "clarity" and "haze Remove". The "contrast" control has the task of restoring the Tonwertharmonie the end. He usually ends up then the negative value range.

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background darken

This step is not absolutely necessary. He recommended that if it is - as here - is a realativ troubled background that may distract the portrait itself. To do this, the "Adjustment Brush" out, reduce the "exposure" something and "Contrast" and "White" substantial. Then activate the bottom the option "Auto Mask" before you darken all disturbing areas of the background and clothing in one or more passes.

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eyes brighten

A central feature of the images of Lee Jeffries are brightened eyes. When photographing a hand reflector, which is held at chest level already helps here. It provides for a for a semi-circular reflection in the pupils and also has bright reflections in the glasses result. If the picture was taken without a reflector (like the sample). You can imagine the lack of brightness again with the "Adjustment Brush Tool" to snap. In the first round you light the area below the lens. In the second run with increased "exposure" the eyes are his turn.

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Fine sanding with DXO Silver Effex 2

If desired and necessary, the more Finetunig in different ways is: At Lightroom / Camera Raw can see the curves for input levels strive to white and gray to separate even more contrast. There is also in the effects the ability to add some simulated film grain to the image if it is to look a little "analog," or darken further with a vignette edges of the image.

I have chosen here for further processing in the plug-in Silver Effex, which is now being marketed by DXO. In this plug-in, there are numerous options to refine the image quickly and effectively. What I personally like back griffins, these are the analog film simulation. Here comes as a Ilford Delta 100 Pro used.

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end result

Until "his" own vote for the Lee Jeffries effect has been found, you should experiment with all the tools at some length themselves. The techniques described here show only the principle and the most important aspects of a suitable application example.

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Christoph Künne

Christoph Künne is co-founder, editor and publisher of DOCMA. The scientists studied cultural photographed passionate portraits and works since 1991 with Photoshop.

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