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Cult Cameras – The Yashica T4 Super D (Part 2: Film vs. Digital)

In Part 1, we introduced you to the cult camera that is the Yashica T4, made famous by Terry Richardson. And as discussed before, Film is Dead. In terms of the economics, the way we consume photography has changed to the point where 35mm film is relegated to a niche for hobbyists, purists, and hipsters. Film will never see the mainstream light of day again. But, when the automobile took over for the horses, we still loved our steeds. Today, we still love film. Instagram, Facebook, and the native iPhone Camera app all have “filters” to emulate the film look. Is it just nostalgia? Or is there something missing from digital?

Digital Sterility vs. Film Texture

Do you remember the Super 8? The film movie cameras, not the motel chain. It was slightly before my time, but I certainly recognize it when I see it. If you take a look at the Lexus commercial below, it captures the feeling of “film” very well.

Film has a texture to it, or as Patrick Bateman might say, “the tasteful thickness of it“. It is a feeling that digital doesn’t have. Digital is clean, precise, and sterile. The way our Bayesian sensors interpolate color and light is just fundamentally different from photo reactive emulsions on acetate. Neither one is “better” than the other. You can make the same argument against film, that it cannot reproduce the “grainless” look of digital. The two mediums are just “different.”

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How to Shoot like Terry Richardson – (Part 3: The Results)

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we explored the look and setup used by Terry Richardson to achieve his iconic and rule breaking style of fashion photography. After eight photo shoots spanning from Boston all the way to California, we are finally wrapping up this photo study. I’ll break down what I’ve learned over these eight shoots, give some insight into the shooting process, and also provide some helpful post-processing tips on achieving the Terry-inspired look yourself.

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Candice Swanepoel with Terry Richardson, image from terrysdiary.com

To reiterate, the core of Terry’s genius is his ability to connect with the models. His style is raw, uncensored, and full of energy. His style is an inspiration to us at iLHP and though no one can replicate Terry besides Terry himself, we do hope to share our own interpretation.

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Cult Cameras – The Yashica T4 Super D (Part 1: Intro)

This is a Yashica T4 Super D. It’s plasticky, not very pretty, and was discontinued in 2002. It doesn’t have a zoom lens, an LCD screen on the back, or come with built in Wifi. It uses one non-rechargeable CR123 camera battery, shoots 35mm film, and it is, for all intents and purposes, obsolete.  Oh yeah, it averages over $200 used.

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Much like the Holga or the Diana F+, this plastic point & shoot has a garnered quite the cult following. Cult following means high demand and high resale prices. Lomography has done an excellent job promoting lo-fi photography and toy cameras to the youth market. $5 plastic cameras are sold new for $50 and they have been just raking in the dough. But this Yashica’s got a little bit more substance than that.

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How to Shoot like Terry Richardson – (Part 2: The Setup)

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Last time in Part 1, we started to explore Terry Richardson’s iconic snapshot style that’s influenced a generation of photographers and created the modern look for fashion photography. Controversies aside, Uncle Terry breaks the traditional “rules” with his use of harsh direct lighting and a shadow that hugs the model. In this part, we will discuss his setup and the gear you can buy to achieve that look.

Terry’s Methodology

Behind the scenes video of his Harper Bazaar shoot with Candice Swanepoel
Behind the scenes video of his Harper Bazaar shoot with Candice Swanepoel (click for the video)

A good way of understanding the magic behind his camera is to check out his behind-the-scene videos and interviews. With music rocking and a team of assistants behind him, his shoots are laid back yet up tempo. It’s fast, dynamic, and interactive. From these stills, you can see he shoots with a Nikon (D3X I think) and a single speed-light.

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How to Shoot like Terry Richardson – (Part 1: The Look)

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Whether or not you have heard of him, you’ve probably has seen his work. From Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar to H&M and American Apparel, his white-background-with-hard-direct-flash-portraits has been the iconic look of the recent times. Pay attention the next time you go shopping, and just realize just how many billboards and ads are shot clean, on a white background, with very little shadow. The Terry Richardson look, then, has defined this generation of fashion photography.

In a month long exposé, I will delve into “Terry’s World,” the craft behind his work, and learn how to shoot models in his style. He is the first mega-pro photographer to be featured, discussed, and analyzed here at iLHP and it’s strangely fitting because people either love or hate him and his work, literally. 

Hack or Genius? 

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RollingStone’s Behind the Scenes Video for the Rihanna Shoot

Photographers, professional or amateur but mostly amateur, are highly polarized about his work. To use comedian Bill Burr’s expression, “naysayers with heavy jowls” criticize his point-and-shoot style as amateurish, unsophisticated, or even tacky (classic argument is that “my four-year old niece can do it,” but I’ve yet to see a four your old exhibit at the MET). Throw a question like “Is Terry Richardson any good?” onto an online forum and watch the feces fly like a good ol’ Canon v. Nikon debate. But we’ve all heard this before. Jackson Pollock’s talentless splatter paintings, I.M. Pei’s monstrous Louvre glass pyramids, or even Pablo Picasso’s amateurish cubism. Good art is sure to stir some controversy. Art is supposed to make you feel something.

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