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Behind the Scenes of Annie Leibovitz Shooting Sean Connery for Louis Vuitton

Here’s an interesting peek at how Annie Leibovitz goes about shooting a portrait. This was for a Louis Vuitton advertisement a while back featuring Sean Connery.

This is a photograph that resulted:

Can any of you tell exactly which Camera Leibovitz was using?

(via f stoppers)


 
  • Szabi (szabiakanich)

    Looks like a 1Ds Mark III or a 1D Mark IV to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1224815454 Jim Glass

    It is a Canon 1D, not sure of the model, but probably a Mk IV.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=595906881 Chai De Landrón-Smith

    Not certain, but its definitely Canon. A 1D series.

  • Lucifer

    no matter how the camera …
    average image.

  • Richard

    Canon 1D (not sure of the model) and a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L at 70mm (the lens extends when it goes wide).

  • iscar

    What the hell guys im sure i sure this years ago.

  • @ROBatGraveShift

    Definitely the 1D, but yeah it was years ago so it probably wasn’t the Mark IV

  • Theraid100

    average image for an amateur
    below average for a pro

  • lin

    you guys are brutal. i love the shot.

  • Anonymous

    Leibovitz has been established as THE celebrity photographer too long. That’s why her images are so ho-hum now. And why Eddie Murphy makes such horrible movies. Because after enough initial amazing success, you can just churn out dreck and get paid lots for it. C’est la vie.

  • Rick

    I’d love to have seen some of the shots with the boat pulling away. Those, I think, would have been more interesting.

  • NacaYoda

    The end result is average because it isn’t possible.
    The image is beautiful, but the viewer subliminally doesn’t believe it.

    As you see in the behind the scenes video, it is shot in the shade, then enhanced to look like it was shot in full sun (as the background appears).

    Post production has lightened our subject matter to make him appear in full sun, but all the shadows remain soft as if the light is diffuse.

    The shadow from the hat should be a hard line. As should the RHS wooden pole’s and the arm’s shadow on the deck.

    And so it looks faked. Staged. Rubbish (imho).
    The hand on the knee appears particularly wrong. But it only adds to the overall effect… of Photochopping.

    Maybe it qualifies as art? But I wouldn’t hang it in my house.

  • http://ranger9.net Ranger9

    Wow, that’s a really ugly shoe Connery is wearing on his right foot…

  • QuBe

    I like the photo…except for the almost fisheye distortion.
    Wtf is up wit dat?

    Oh, and don’t care what cam she’s using…they all can do the job these days.

  • Guest

    come on
    what is really odd about that is why would a guy who wears black sweaters and plain khakis have such a ghey bag.

  • Guest

    and sit in such an unnatural position with his wrist bent like that

  • franz bohr

    this pic is rubbish.

  • NEF2JPG

    The lighting is so unnatural, Sean Connery looks like he was shot in front of a green screen. Also, strange perspective. Very disappointing result.

  • NEF2JPG

    The lighting is so unnatural, Sean Connery looks like he was shot in front of a green screen. Also, strange perspective. Very disappointing result.

  • NEF2JPG

    The lighting is so unnatural, Sean Connery looks like he was shot in front of a green screen. Also, strange perspective. Very disappointing result.

  • Paul Cornish

    It’s a poor shot…

    we are seeing the other side of the post where nothing is added to the shot, his left hand is fisted giving us truncated fingers, I disagree about the wide angle distortion, Sean Connery does have a slightly skewed head, it’s the angle she has him at that shows that off badly!!!

    Who gives a hoot what camera she is using, it could be a 50mp hasselblad and the shot would still be rubbish! How can someone with a crew as huge as she had there possibly produce something that looks like this and then have been paid many many thousands of dollars for doing it.

    I know amateurs who would do a much better job!!! I know Annie did some exceptional stuff in the early years, I know she knows HOW to create a stunning image but is it just luck that got her noticed and bravado that has kept her there? How do people do this, how can I do this lol.

  • Guest

    A lot of you may be missing the point. Annie shot this on assignment for Louis Vutiton, perhaps they said, “give me a ’60′s-ish shot of Sean Connery on a beach with a touch of Bond(tm)” and this is what she could do. Remember, this is not art, this is an ad for a bag.

    I would imagine the Ms Leibovitz would do a dramatically different shot of Sean Connery if she were doing a shot of Sean Connery.

  • MNoble

    This is Annie’s style. The look and feel of the lighting is what she has been doing for a while. I can see this image in the pages of Vanity Fair with no problem. And since when does a photograph taken for advertising have to look “natural”? Check out the photography annuals from Communication Arts. From a marketing point of view, I don’t see it showing off what is being sold – Louis Vuitton luggage. The bag looks collapsed. Sean Connery always looks good, though!

  • Jamey

    Did this behind the scenes include how to go into more debt than is humanly possible by 99.9% of people on this earth? Business management fail.

  • dude

    “Post production has lightened our subject matter to make him appear in full sun, but all the shadows remain soft as if the light is diffuse”

    Post production?

    Wow I wonder what that huge FLASH with a soft box/diffuser is doing there……

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  • Lis189

    Oh come on, she was paid by Louis Vuitton to do a shoot how THEY want it as the client. If this is what they wanted then well done her for fulfilling what they desired. They’re her boss after all in this matter.
    It cannot be denied that she is without a doubt, one of the most significant fashion and celebrity photographer of the century.

  • TSconnery

    I would have certainly dressed Sean differently.. banana hammock or less? But the shot is about the bag and a style…

  • CryMeARiver

    I would love all the people bitching about this photo to post a link to their portfolio :D

  • PSPNYC

    You have no idea what you are talking about. Wow. …and you WATCHED the video too? Were you high when you watched it perhaps?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joejtopping Joe Topping

    ‘Can any of you tell exactly which Camera Leibovitz was using?’ Yeah, it looks like a Canon 1ds Mk3 with 16-35mm f2.8

  • marcio_napoli

    Just perfect comment! That’s it!

    Armchair critics saying this and that, yada yada, like if all of these armchair critics could ever come close to this level of photography.

    It’s EASY to critique anything in the confort of your office. Now, armchair critics, try the real deal, will ya?

    Go out there, with the pressure of shooting Sean Connery for Louis Vuitton, with marketing guys telling you what to do or don’t, weather conditions, natural lighting deadlines, etc.

    Go out there and prove you all can do better, please.