Articles written by Nicholas Gore
Take a look at the very complex work of Michael Mapes who creates portraits by dissecting photographs and creating specimine boxes using hundreds of vials, pins and other tools usually used for preserving bugs. Check out his incredible images that give the viewer the feeling of being both scientific observer and mad scientist.
Check out this behind the scenes video of Alex Koloskov shooting a very complex image of a girl holding an orb of water. In the video you'll see his lighting set up, and how he interacts with his model and if you're interested in how all of those splashes of water became an orb, check out this link to all of the images he used in the final composite HERE.
Ever wonder about the process that went on behind the scenes of those classic pin-up images that adorned the noses of bombers and the walls of soldiers barracks in the 1940's and 50's? Well check out these great before and after images of 1950's pin-up girls which gives you a sneak peak of the photograph that came before the artists rendering.
This is a very detailed video from Atlanta based photographer Alex Koloskov as he shoots a very complex commercial image of a bottle of Windex. Definitely worth checking out if you have any interest at all in commercial photography, the process is a lot more complicated than you might think.
Check out this fashion shoot from photographer Youness Val Bouslame who shot a very interesting paper dress using only a single beauty dish. I love how the video gives you a side by side look at the shooting of the image and the final image. Definitely a simple lighting set up and some beautiful results.
This is a beautiful series of images by photographer Pieter Hugo, shot over a period of two years on the outskirts of shantytowns in Nigeria. These images show men and young children with wild animals such as hyenas and monkeys that have been trained to perform, often acting as the sole source of income for these families.
If you take a glance at facebook or any other social media site you're bound to come across the dreaded "Mirror Portrait", mostly it's just a bunch of 15 year olds holding their cell phones up so they're far from dignified. That being said though, I was surprised to know that some of the most famous photographers around have taken their own version of this all to common shot. They're a little more interesting though than your standard mirror picture though.
John Keatley gives us a quick look behind the scenes of his shoot with University of Washington quarterback Jack Locker for Men's Health Magazine. This video gives you a great look at his lighting set ups as well as the colossal amount of gear he takes to such a simple shoot.
Photographer Danylö Böbyk made this great video about how he made his models float in his recent image "Fly-Away". This video is a little light on details so if you're interested in getting an in depth look at how the image was created, check out his blog post on the shoot HERE.
This is a cool little video from Phillip Bloom documenting some of the pick up shooting for the movie Red Tails. This is an awesome look at some of the great DSLR rigs they have for professional film production. Also, take a look at that $700 3D rig! That's the highlight of the video for me.
This is a very cool video from the guys over at Aesonica, they're shooting an Audi A4 with only a single light and a whole lot of post work. Just goes to show that you don't need a ton of money to make a great shot of a car.
Well, you'll need plenty for an awesome car to shoot, but that's not important right now.
This is a really amazing interview with John Keatley, a celebrity and editorial photographer by Framed. This is a long interview, but it's definitely worth the time, every member of his crew gets interviewed and includes a breakdown of some of his shots with his retoucher.
This is another cool behind the scenes video from Brett Warren as he shoots his series "Wooden Heart". Brett interned with Annie Leibovitz, and you can definitely tell with his work, they're lit very similarly and the processing is very reminicent of Annie's work, but it's still very cool.