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The Underwater World of Nick Pugay

Living in the desert, I don’t see a lot of water. And while I lived on coastline, I never really played with water for shoots other than the occasional beach photo. This is why I became fascinated by Nick Pugay’s work when I first saw it. That’s because Nick Pugay takes your wedding photos and engagement photos, underwater. [more]

Shooting Jimmy Fallon: Interview With Lloyd Bishop

A month or so ago I was touring NBC’s studios at 30 Rock with a friend of mind who works on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and he introduced me to the show’s photographer, Lloyd Bishop. After meeting Lloyd I checked out his work online and discovered that this guy has an impressive portfolio! I knew I had to catch up with him for an interview to share his work and his story with all of you. Enjoy! [more]

Behind The Scenes Artist Shoot With Cami Bradley

This was a very special shoot to me. Cami has been a good friend/photographer for a long time so we go way back. Although this shoot had nothing to do with her photography. Cami is an amazing vocalist. By far the best I know. I used to produce music and she sang on the first track I ever had signed. So we had a good connection to start with and I knew this was going to be an amazing shoot. [more]

The Intimate Work of Jenny Woods (NSFW)

Sometimes a Journey song can wax poetic. “Small town girl…lonely world.” We’ve heard it before. But for whatever reason, it’s the song I can’t get out of my head while I’m sitting with Jenny Woods in a small, Persian restaurant in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Standing a towering five-foot-nothing and with a demeanor that couldn’t ruffle a sleeping kitten, Jenny, or Bunny Jenny, as she goes by, is a photographer from a very small town in Florida. [more]

Long Exposures Of Couples Sleeping Tell An Interesting Story

If these were airplanes, it would be an air traffic control nightmare! Photographer Paul Schneggenburger wanted to find out how people behave once they are asleep. The end result was that he found it much like a dance in slow motion. If you’ve seen long exposure shots of dances, they reflect a similar feel. It gave a unique insight to how couples also interact in bed while they’re asleep.  [more]

A Technique to Bring Back Lost Details Out of Shadows

Sometimes your favorite shot out of a series would be perfect if only one little thing was fixed. For me, that is often shadows obscuring details I really wish were more visible. PHLEARN has released an extensive tutorial on how to get those shadows to reveal details in a way that doesn’t look super fake, which an issue I have with other methods I have seen. [more]

The Amazing Detail of Miss Aniela’s Kai Face

Here is a gorgeous photo from Miss Aniela. She was commissioned by the Kai Mayfair restaurant in London to create a photo that embodied Chinese culture. Upon first inspection, she has nailed the topic wonderfully. But closer look shows the amazing level of detail, with hours of editing, spanning hundreds of years of ancient Chinese paintings. [more]

The Lush, Lynchian Portrait Work of Eric Rose

Every so often I stumble upon a photographer whose work transports me to a different headspace. It doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, I delve in.   The photography of Eric Rose does just that.

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Photographing a Rattlesnake: How I Did It and Why I Won’t Do It Again

Whenever I talk to another photographer the topic of “personal work” always comes up. Usually in the casual form of, “hey, have you shot any personal work lately?” This standard artistic rendition of the workplace, “how’s the weather” is usually brushed off and more enjoyable conversations quickly replace it. However, for me, it is probably better that my “personal work” remains limited, for doing it usually leeds to bodily harm (or in this case recurring nightmares). [more]

Powerful Story Telling with Photography and Video

Sue Bryce, Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year, teamed up with the extremely talented Hailey Bartholomew to tell the powerful story of one girl’s love story and her battle with breast cancer. It’s a very moving story and definitely worth watching. I love seeing the way creatives are using their talents to bless the lives of others and share stories that the world needs to hear about. This story of Jill Brzezinski-Conley is one everyone should take some time to watch and share today.

Digital Caricature Photoshop Tutorial

So I have seen quite a bit of caricature portraits and fell in love with them. I decided to try my hand at doing a few and kind of fell into a new little series with them. Everyone who has seen them has asked if I could shoot them or their families in this style. This little tutorial will show you how I go about doing these shots. [more]

BTS: Profoto RFI Softbox Test Shoot With Tobias Björkgren

Back in November Profoto released a new softbox, the RFI line of softboxes that come in several shapes and sizes along with several other new features. Stockholm-based photographer, Tobias Björkgren, was one of the very first to try out the new softboxes at his studio. He chose to test the RFi 1×1.3’ and the RFi 1×6’ on model, Kajsalina. [more]

The Stunning Work of Aram Bedrossian (NSFW)

Very few photographers have the ability to tell cinematic stories within a single picture, and yet that’s what Aram Bedrossian does very effortlessly.

Aram is a New York-based editorial and portrait photographer whose images seem almost from another time. It’s also not a surprise that Aram has lent his talents to directing as well, working on various film projects and commercials. [more]

The Importance of Stretching Yourself Personally and Professionally with Clients

It might be easy to form a quick opinion about a picture like this. I’ll admit it, when I first heard “trucks,” I was already curious about the people I was going to work with. It’s not often that you run into someone who is passionate about their vehicle. [more]

Mastering a Photo’s Mood and Feeling with Film Noir

I love the work that the team at PHLEARN does. If you’re lacking in inspiration, these guys can really help get you back on your legs. Today they released a new behind-the-scenes how-to with the purpose of teaching how to master mood using a film noir concept as the catalyst. [more]

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