52 Project – Week 2 – @HowardStern

Background: This year, I’ve decided to do a 52 project (one photo a week), and my “theme” is that I’m going to do a self-portrait each week, where I try to mimic the Twitter picture/avatar of someone that I follow, figuring I’d be able to learn a new technique/look each week that I can apply to future projects.

There have been few media figures as polarizing as Howard Stern.  From his battles with the FCC over indecency laws to his appearance as “Fartman” at the MTV Video Awards and now his radio show on SiriusXM (and upcoming gig as judge on “America’s Got Talent”), he always provokes a reaction, both good and bad.  I’ve been listening to Howard off and on for about 10 years or so – he was only on air locally for a short while, but since he moved to satellite radio, I’ve listened fairly regularly.  My wife, who grew up in Philadelphia, has listened for much longer and is a huge fan.  Both of us can take or leave his raunchier antics, but what we both enjoy, and what is greatly underestimated by those who only concentrate on the frequent appearance of strippers and porn stars, is his ability to get a great interview from people.  He has a unique talent for getting even the most famous star to open up and reveal information that he or she has otherwise never spoken about.  You can follow him on Twitter at @HowardStern, and general show news is at @sternshow

When Howard joined Twitter about a year ago, he did so unwillingly, and only because people told him he should.  He doesn’t always Tweet, but at times, he has found a new way to use the social media platform that becomes trend-setting; for example, he live-tweeted behind the scenes info when his movie was playing on cable once (like the commentary you see on DVDs) and this past New Year’s Eve, he “drunk-dialed” fans who tweeted him their phone number. (No, he didn’t call us, not for a lack of trying though).

For this photo, I shot on white seamless with 2 strobes lighting the background.  I was lit with a strobe shooting into a 56″ silver umbrella.  Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a dork, so I had no problem donning a wig and sunglasses, and writing my own message on a white board.  My family just rolled their eyes when they saw this photo…which is why I took the shot while nobody was at home.  I’ve done high-key shots before, so I was generally comfortable with this set-up, but previous work has been mostly head shots, so lighting a full body to decrease the shadowing below me was a bit more of a challenge.

So, without further ado, here’s is my dorky remake of the Howard Stern Twitter avatar:

Howard Stern

Me as Howard

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  1. […] judge on America’s Got Talent.  Ironically, he was replaced by Howard Stern, the subject of last week’s 52 project shot.  I started following Piers when I found out he was a huge Arsenal fan (as am I) and that he […]



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