The best paid actress on this planet, Jennifer Lawrence, is well-known for her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen within the Starvation Video games sequence and Mystique within the X-Males motion pictures. However she’s additionally garnered 4 Oscar nominations and gained a Greatest Actress award for Silver Linings Playbook. And this month, she turns into the primary actress to seem on the duvet of Vogue twice to have fun 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 the case of 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 digital camera proper. It’d even be a strip mild given the shortage 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 despite the fact that the solar is low within the sky, suggesting a excessive ISO. The attitude doesn’t look ultra-wide, and since Woman Liberty is in focus, we’re in all probability stopped down on the aperture. The lights within the base of the statue are balanced with the sundown – I’m not saying it’s unimaginable, nevertheless it appears unbelievable, so we’re possible seeing the results of some heavy retouching.

The composition is sort of good, and I like JLaw’s pose and expression. The pink satin appears nice! We also needs to level out that this can be a very atypical Vogue cowl, which is sort of all the time a decent studio shot. However in reality, Leibovitz is usually tapped to actresses for Vogue covers, and people photographs are usually environmental.

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

Whereas Leibovitz is understood extra as a portraitist, Testino is understood extra as a trend photographer, and the duvet aesthetic definitely displays this categorization. There’s a very shallow depth-of-field. The reflection in her eyes appear to indicate a gridded softbox. Her large pupils recommend strobe vs pure mild. I like the nice and cozy tonality. Her hair and make-up look implausible.

Verdict: I’m a sucker for a superb environmental portrait, so I’m siding with Leibovitz. However the extra I analyze the picture, 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 either side of her? I don’t count on a canopy shot to be devoid of retouching, however generally I miss the honesty of Leibovitz’s early work.

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