As far as I’m concerned, Emily Shur can do know wrong. I’ve been following her work and blog for a few years now for a couple of reasons. First, I appreciate that she talks about her dog almost as much as I do. Secondly, she’s got a strong portfolio of celebrity portraits – many of them taken in a blank studio without the use of props. In this particular shoot she used props of the canine variety, and faced the humans toward the backdrop. [more]
It’s easy to think that models are perfect in every way because when we see images of them they have had hours of hair and makeup, they are lit by some of the most talented photographers on the planet, and then they are retouched by the most meticulous Photoshop artists around. In this post we get to see side by side comparison shots between each model without makeup and then after the full production. Each of these models looks pretty normal except for the last one that looked incredible even without makeup. [more]
Photographer, Michael J Moore was granted access to a creepy and abandoned state mental hospital for this fashion shoot. He used a combination of lighting setups but mainly, the Phase One 645DF camera with a Profoto 8A 2400W and various Profoto strobes. With all three different lighting set ups, Michael did a great job at capturing that Vanity Fair-esque look that we all know so well.
As photographers, we are always in search of that new unique lighting modifier to add to our bag of tricks. I recently saw this video on Strobist where Amber Gray claims her Broncolor Para FB could actually reduce the amount of post production on her models. That statement seemed a bit bold when I first heard it; usually I credit a great makeup artist for awesome skin texture rather than a specific light. I’ve never used a ring flash [more]
The Canon 5D MkIII and the Nikon D800 are two of the hottest cameras on the market right now. In this video commercial photographer Nathan Elson joins up with The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls to see how these two cameras stack up in the image quality department. Enjoy!
I feel like a lot of us would be hesitant to bring an unruly dog to a photoshoot, but London based photographer Drew Gardner has really pushed the envelop with his latest image “The Zebra”, which involves, you guessed it, a zebra! In the video Drew gives us some insight into the planning of the shot, as well as some great footage of the shoot.
If you enjoy looking at fashion images, then the photography duo Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello should be on your radar. They are ranked as among the top fashion photographers on Model.com and it’s easy to see how their work stands out within one of the most saturated fields of photography. In their latest campaign shoot for clothing designer Anna Sui, Sanchez and Mongiello have one of the simplest lighting setups ever: just a single gridded Profoto head. [more]
Rick Genest (aka Zombie Boy) is nothing if not intense. The 26-year-old Canadian fashion model is tattooed head to toe to look like a decomposing corpse, representing “the art of the rotting cadaver.” Genest, who you may recognize from Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” video, spent over 6 years and thousands of dollars on his body art project, so who better to star in a commercial for tattoo-cover-up cosmetic company Dermablend? [more]
Hasselblad Master, Joao Carlos, was featured on the Profoto Blog last week for his free falling studio images. That’s right, studio images. Not underwater images. I met Joao in NYC last fall at PDN PhotoPlus and fell in love with his portfolio right away. He always lights his subjects with a minimalist approach and his workflow is powerful and consistent. [more]
This is a series of videos that make up a fascinating 90-minute documentary about the great Richard Avedon. It’s called “Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light,” and first aired back in 1995 as part of the American Masters Series. If you’re like me, you could spend hours watching things like this. [more]
Now here is a photography idea you don’t see often. Playboy photographers Arny Freytag and Jarmo Pohjaniemi of ShootTheCenterfold.com show the detail of the Leica S2 DSLR camera…you know with sudys naked girls enclosed in giant full body bubbles. Click the full post to view the photos.
Photographer and Artist Cristina Otero has taken the creativity of her self portraits much further than most others I have seen. In this post I am just featuring some of the awesome self-portraits that she has done with fruit but there is way more on her site, so make sure to swing by after checking out the photos posted below.
Photographer Michelangelo Di Battista recently shot actress Kirsten Stewart of Twilight fame for Italian Vogue. The behind the scenes video of the shoot takes the viewer through the set and shows us quite a few different light setups. Click through to the full post for more.
Featured on the Wednesday Rundown before, Photographer Adrien Broom takes us behind the scenes on another whimsical shoot. In this video, she’s working with a PocketWizard MiniTT1® [For Nikon/ For Canon] and an AC3 ZoneController [For Nikon/For Canon] to control the power levels of an Elinchrome Digital 2400 and an Einstein™ E640 lights directly from the camera’s position. Click the full post to watch the video.
Name a celebrity. Yep, go on. Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Zooey Deschanel, Ben Stiller, Samuel L Jackson. How about an athlete? Serena Williams, Jeff Gordon, Shaquille O’Neal. Brian Smith has worked with them all. I recently sat down with Brian for an Fstoppers exclusive interview and he was glad to share his insight, techniques, and advice with us. Check out the full post for the entire text.