The best paid actress on the planet, Jennifer Lawrence, is well-known for her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen within the Starvation Video games sequence and Mystique within the X-Males films. However she’s additionally garnered 4 Oscar nominations and received a Finest Actress award for Silver Linings Playbook. And this month, she turns into the primary actress to look on the quilt of Vogue twice to rejoice the journal’s 125th anniversary.  

An ideal time to make a photographic comparability. Vamanos!

Annie Leibovitz was on a ship with JLaw cruising by the Statue of Liberty at sundown for this shot.

In relation to Leibovitz’s work, it’s exhausting to inform what’s in-camera and what has been composited. However we are able to deconstruct this a lot: There’s a very mushy keylight digicam proper. It would even be a strip mild given the dearth of spill on the railing – however given the evenness of tone, it’s prone to be closely retouched. There’s no movement blur within the water though the solar is low within the sky, suggesting a excessive ISO. The angle doesn’t look ultra-wide, and since Woman Liberty is in focus, we’re most likely stopped down on the aperture. The lights within the base of the statue are balanced with the sundown – I’m not saying it’s unattainable, however it appears inconceivable, so we’re seemingly seeing the consequences of some heavy retouching.

The composition is sort of good, and I like JLaw’s pose and expression. The purple satin appears nice! We must also level out that it is a very atypical Vogue cowl, which is sort of at all times a decent studio shot. However in reality, Leibovitz is usually tapped to actresses for Vogue covers, and people pictures are usually environmental.

Let’s examine this to Mario Testino’s cowl from 2013.

Whereas Leibovitz is thought extra as a portraitist, Testino is thought extra as a trend photographer, and the quilt aesthetic actually displays this categorization. There’s a very shallow depth-of-field. The reflection in her eyes appear to point out a gridded softbox. Her huge pupils counsel strobe vs pure mild. I like the nice and cozy tonality. Her hair and make-up look improbable.

Verdict: I’m a sucker for an excellent environmental portrait, so I’m siding with Leibovitz. However the extra I analyze the photograph, the extra I’m turned off by the retouching. How can her proper hand be illuminated whereas the railing has basically the identical luminance on each side of her? I don’t anticipate a canopy shot to be devoid of retouching, however typically I miss the honesty of Leibovitz’s early work.

Additionally, I would like Peter Lindbergh’s Vainness Truthful cowl higher…