Over the last 48 hours I have looked at these photos time and time again. I have shared them with my wife and daughter. I have been touched tremendously and my water-filled eyes have been opened to the daily struggles and emotions those face who are fighting cancer. I have been incredibly grateful to the photographer Angelo Merendino, who took the time to document his wife’s journey through photos and share them with all of us to help “humanize the face of cancer.” In Merendino’s words, “these photographs do not define us, but they are us.” [more]
In a recent new creative series, Metra Bruno and Laurence Jeanson take on the struggles of finding retouchers and makeup artist for their shoots by simply reusing previous peoples work and scotch tape. With ideas this creative, we can expect to see makeup artists and high end retouchers, such as our resident Pratik Naik in the unemployment line any day now. [more]
You have likely seen Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti‘s photos floating around the internet lately. His latest series, “Toy Stories” is the result of an 18-month project documenting children from around the world with their favorite toys. Many of the portraits were taken in the kids’ rooms. We see a range of living conditions from sparse to affluent. The concept is so simple yet so brilliant. It doesn’t hurt that the photographs were also expertly executed. [more]
Mirrors. Something each one of us owns. Most people use it to make sure they look OK, but some people use it to create awesome portraits. Using a mirror can give depth to your image, give you more detail you’ll never get without it. It shows you things that are usually hidden from the camera. Portraits using a mirror as a prop also tell a stories – they make you think about the situation and the story behind it. Using mirrors is also a great way to show the surroundings – it gives you a way to see whats behind the camera as well as whats in front of it. [more]
I have been absolutely fascinated by wetplate processes for a while now: I find the medium absolutely unlike anything else in the world of art and photography, and the one-of-a-kind results from this hand-crafted process are simply beautiful. When I learned that there was a studio in San Francisco that specialized in taking collodion (tintypes, specifically) portraits of clients, I absolutely had to have one done. [more]
Joe McNally takes us through his lighting setup for a recent Cowboy portrait he shot. Joe’s vision was to have the photo look like it was being lit by daylight coming through a window. He accomplishes this with a set of speed-lights and a 6×6 diffuser. He also adds additional lights to add fill for the shadows that the cowboy hat creates. Joe breaks down the gear… [more]
I’ve been to a fair amount of conferences and seminars throughout my life. It seems as I was growing up, most offered an amazing getaway that pumped me up for whatever the topic of the weekend focused on. The more conferences I’ve gone to, though, the more I’ve felt jaded and unappreciative of the hype they create. That said, I wasn’t sure what to expect at this year’s annual wedding photography conference in Vegas, WPPI.
There is no specific way to define what ‘moody’ portraits are, but when you see one you know it’s under that category. It could be the lighting, it could be the tone (usually blue and green), or just the body form and expression. Whatever it is, it makes you stop and think. Makes you feel something. Makes you wonder what the subjects are thinking about, what happened to them leading them to this moment. Check out this set of great moody portraits found on Flickr.
Marurizio Galimberti is an Italian born photographer who creates abstract mosaic portraits with Polaroid film. By shooting and arranging the Polaroid’s into grids, Galimberti’s subjects become abstract, giving the viewer a multiple dimensional perspective of each subject.
In the video, Galimberi is seen creating Chuck Close’s portrait, showing the technique used in his approach. [more]
Salvador Dali was a Spanish surrealist painter, known for his mind bending paintings that border on nightmare and fantasy. So what happens when this creative mind teams up with award winning photographer Philippe Halsman in 1951… amazing creative work. See the post for their NSFW photos and portraits of Dali’s mustache.
A couple weeks ago I posted a lighting diagram showing how you can emulate Martin Schoeller’s lighting by using gaffers tape and foam core. One reader commented that the catch-light makes the subject’s eyes look like a cat. This got me thinking about what would happen if I were to change the pattern of the tape into various shapes. Here’s what I discovered. [more]
Mike Brodie (a.k.a. Polaroid Kidd) is a photographer out of Pensacola, Florida who in 2003 went on an adventure traveling across America. However, this travel was done by hopping onto freight trains and with no set destination in mind. All of this was documented through photography, with a heart wrenching Jack Kerouac-esque look into the world of train hopping. [more]
Personal feeling: we don’t give our websites enough attention. It’s usually a “good enough” situation. It shows our photos, gets our name on Google and it serves as a place for us to send clients and prospects. That attitude tends to result in an attitude of “settling.” We settle for what we find and it is, again, good enough. Or is it? I wasn’t ready to just be happy with “good enough” on my website. [more]
An assignment to capture images of trophy canines at the Westminster Dog Show yielded a striking New Yorker magazine portfolio by photographer Landon Nordeman. An award-winning imagemaker who frequently shoots for Saveur, ESPN The Magazine, and The New Yorker, Nordeman is no stranger to visual storytelling at the greatest dog show on earth. [more]
Self portrait series have increasingly became more and more popular over the last few years, making your standard series a bit bland and overdone. Wataru Yamamoto’s series, Drawing A Line forces you to stare into his self portraits, as if they’re a Where’s Waldo book from your childhood. [more]