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Subject Matters – Kicking Technicalities For Content

I’m guilty. As a commercial and fashion editorial photographer as well as a writer for Fstoppers, I love lighting, bokeh, rigging, and all technicalities involved with cinematography and photography. For many months, content fell second to setup. From my experience, there are three types of photographers: those that confide in instinct and sunlight, those that rely on post processing, and those that excel at artificial lighting and formalities. [more]

A Guide To Black and White Portraits

There is an old quote that says, “If you want to shoot fashion, shoot in color, but if you want to shoot emotion, shoot in black and white.” I don’t know who said it, but I tend to agree. I do love myself a good black and white portrait. There is something special about black and white imagery which has the ability to cut through all the baggage and display both the inner beauty and turmoil which can be so easily hidden away by color photography.

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Mark Hartman’s Stunning Photos from India and Nepal for New Yorker Instagram

Photographer Mark Hartman, a Boston native, has taken over the New Yorker’s Instagram for the first week of March. Hartman is currently traveling in India and Nepal. His striking photographs give insight into the two countries’ inherent beauty and long-held traditions. [more]

Secrets Of The Best Levitation Shots Shared

The first time I saw a levitation shot, I stared at it for 15 minutes in astonishment. I could not conceive how the image was captured; I was captivated by the story it conveyed, it was surreal, magical and awe-inspiring. Conceptualizing the image and executing it can prove to be rather difficult and meticulous. Thankfully, photographers who have mastered the techniques involved in levitating have decided to share their secrets with us.  [more]

Michael Christopher Brown on Living and Working in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo, often referred to simply as “DRC”, is a country steeped in reports of extreme violence, corruption and unrest. Citing ethnic conflict and the pursuit of control over abundant mineral resources, The New York Times referred to the country as “one of the biggest battlefields in Africa’s history.” [more]

Lighting On White – Imitating The Sun In The Studio

Creative clients and photographers love shooting on white. Whether it be seamless paper, foam core board or a cyclorama wall. I’m not sure if it’s the simplicity and absence of color or it just creates such clear contrast for eye popping subject matter. Yes, it’s versatile and can go dark with less fall off but frankly, I’ve always found white somewhat boring. [more]

“Delicadezas” Whimsical Portraits by Guilherme Brasileiro

When I first came across Guilherme Brasileiro’s series “Delicadezas” on Instagram, I was pulled in by a seemingly nonsensical, quirky theme: dozens of portraits, cropped close featuring men and women, each holding a hand under their chin. The energy of the series struck me as open and full of warmth; the subject’s reaction to the pose they had been asked to assume was usually very apparent (some looked amused, a good few looked self-conscious, and some had really obviously embraced the idea). [more]

Glyn Dewis Shares How to Turn a BAD Picture into a GREAT Picture Using Post Production

It has happened to all of us a million times: After wrapping up a creative photo shoot and go through some of the images in post, we typically find a few photos in there that are “meh” at best and you most likely pass over or discard. Well, photographer and retoucher Glyn Dewis once again shares an awesome Photoshop / Lightroom tutorial on how he turned one of his throwaway photos into a killer shot. Check out the final image and information below. [more]

Creativity To Clients – 5 Steps To Grow Your Clientele

Some may say it’s quite the phenomenon. I only shoot commercial and editorial fashion and I seem to make a living out of it without shooting weddings, families, babies or seniors. I don’t live in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles and I don’t travel like George Clooney in the film “Up In The Air.” The number one question I’m asked on a daily basis: “Clay, how do I get more paying clients?” [more]

Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s Fascinating Portraits of Ukranian Protestors

One does not often associate violent protests and the threat of sniper fire with portrait studios. However, photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s recent portraits of protestors and fighters in Kiev, Ukraine make us question this apparent disconnect. Taylor-Lind’s stunning and revealing portraits were taken with a medium-format film camera between outbursts of violence, documenting the men and women fighting for their freedom in Kiev. [more]

Unlocking The True Power Of Photography And Its Ability To Radically Change Lives

Does photography have the power to radically change and improve lives? Brooke Shaden, one of the most successful contemporary fine art photographers around today thinks so. Brooke has a single-minded goal to help others through photography – and she’s only got 23 days left to do make her plan a reality. [more]

Photographing Prison Inmates and Their Words of Wisdom

One of the cool things about this video is how it encapsulates the creative process. Commercial photographer Trent Bell was motivated by his personal experiences to produce a series of large-scale portraits of prison inmates, against a backdrop of handwritten letters they wrote to their younger selves. The REFLECT project video walks us through shoot day, post-production, showing, and veiwer reactions. [more]

Nature and Femininity: Lilli Waters’ Anja Series (NSFW)

Lilli Waters is a freelance photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her series “ANJA” features young women, often partially nude, in a mix of natural and domestic settings. Her subjects appear vulnerable, with faces often obscured or turned from the camera. Waters says the series is a “celebration and journey of femininity. ANJA means graceful, compassionate and kind, the way I see these women, my female peers.” [more]

Andrea Bruce Documents an Iraqi Family’s Journey West

Publications allowing individual photographers access to their Instagram accounts is an increasingly common practice, and helps to foster a more intimate look at a photographer’s process. For example, Time Magazine allowed several photographers access to its Instagram account after Hurricane Sandy, enabling the magazine to update its almost 600k followers in real time.  [more]

Underwater Tango: Stunning Portraits by Katerina Bodrunova

Katerina Bodrunova is a self-educated Russian photographer who began photographing in 2009. Her work is striking and magical, often featuring subjects who defy gravity or seem effortlessly unaffected by their surroundings. The Underwater Tango series, featured in this post, is a brilliant example of her unique style. The fantastic series features a young man and woman in classic tango stances, seemingly unfazed by the water around them. [more]

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