What the Mona Lisa can teach you about great photo portraiture ...

DARREN ROWSE, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL:

"When it comes to famous images the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most recognized in the world.

"When I visited the Lourve in Paris a couple of years ago I was stunned by the crowds of people gathering around this small image, pushing and shoving to get close and to take a picture of it (I got some great shots of the crowd).

"The Mona Lisa has been at the center of much debate and speculation over the years but why is it an image that intrigues people so much and what can we learn from it as photographers today?

"While we live in a different time (the Mona Lisa was painted in the 1500’s) and use different technology – is there something in this famous image that we can be inspired by as image makers today?

"Today I want to explore some of the different aspects of the Mona Lisa and point out some things that Leonardo did in painting this image that I think we could take away as portrait photographers today."

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