Photo Anatomy: how Morgan Silk made an egg-splattered banker rich in detail

Photo Anatomy: how Morgan Silk made an egg-splattered banker rich in detail

In our Photo Anatomy series on Digital Camera World we select pictures by famous photographers and explain point by point what makes them work.

In our latest instalment, famous fine art and portrait photographer Morgan Silk explains how he added texture and drama to his clever image of an egg-splattered banker.

Photo Anatomy: how Morgan Silk made an egg-splattered banker rich in detail

Camera technique
This shot was taken with a 39Mp Hasselblad digital medium-format camera with 80mm lens at f/5.6 and a 1/250 sec shutter speed. Shooting fairly close on the 80mm gives a nice fall off.

Lighting
Silk used Profoto B2 flash packs with pro heads. He used five lights in total – three on the subject. A beauty dish, as a main light above and right of camera, keeps the skin sharp.

The crop
Cropping into the forehead lets Silk close in on the model’s face yet still show the state of his clothes: “We used eggs, but didn’t actually pelt him with them… luckily for the model!”

Background and editing
The model was shot against a grey Colorama background and Silk later added some out-of-focus brick wall textures. He then enhanced the local contrast in Photoshop.

Composition
Silk photographed his banker 
in landscape format and then cropped tight on his head and shoulders to focus on his eyes, but also to show his suit and the egg on his shoulder.

We say
“If you don’t have lots 
of expensive studio lights, try using an HDR technique to replicate the look of this image. Simply take a RAW file and process it three times – one stop under-exposed, one normal and one stop over-exposed – then use Photomerge Exposure in Elements.”
Chris Rutter, technique editor

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