Featured Photography – Luis Alonso Ramírez

25 July 2018 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image

A challenge for me to mix the human body in ways that project the complexity of my thoughts.

 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

The good and the bad, the darkness and the light, are always present. The body is always the bridge to decide which side you want to be on.

 

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a 17-55 2.8 lens. Natural light and an octabox of 42 cm to eliminate shadows.

 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

The editing is not very complex, only fine-tune the contour of the fabrics and the added effect around the image to hide the floor.

 

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist

I love the portrait, and mainly play with the emotions that the female body can provoke. The mind is unpredictable, and as an artist you must not force your results, you must let them flow. This image is a true reflection of what flows in my mind.

 

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Featured Photographer – Olga Gridina

09 July 2018 | 2 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image.

When I shoot portraits, I always prefer the image to speak by itself. My aim is to create an image that will draw you in without letting you know how it does it. To me it is the intangible aspect of an image that draws someone in without them knowing the precise reason why.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

When I met Keira, I was so driven by her unique look. I tried to create an image layered with emotion, used the contact of red and green to create depth, and the dandelion brought me memories from my own childhood.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I used Canon 5D Mark III with Sigma Art 50mm/1.4 lense, and it was shot outdoors in the evening with the available natural light.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

After a simple processing in ACR, I edited this image in Photoshop. I used some micro dodging and burning for skin retouching, play with Channel Mixer and contrast to enhance the freckles, and then applied my own color grading technique.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?

While I often shoot fashion and beauty, portraits are still my favourite genre that captures the essence of you and not the product. My aspiration is to craft an evocative visual narrative, with an element of storytelling.

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Featured Photographer – Itamar Yissachar

19 June 2018 | 3 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image

This image was taken in my home town as a part of a personal project I have taken on – portraits of the various vocation in the Golan Heights in Israel. I personally know this baker and asked him if I can take his portrait. His response was”yes.I love art. I bake because I cant play music”. It always helps that the person in your pictures takes some interest in art. Some portraits are more difficult than others but this one was a pleasure for me ( I got a big bag of bread when I finished 🙂

 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

Trying to find people for this project is not easy. This one was a no brainer. The texture of the bread,the look of the bakery and the baker himself inspired me

 

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I think good glass and lighting is essential for a good photograph. I used an off camera flash through a soft box with a 56(85 ff) lens on a fuji body.

 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I edited this photograph in lightroom. I warmed up the light and gave the bread more texture. I used brush for parts of the photograph . I do not have any problem with editing and do not believe that a photograph should not be retouched (although many of great photographers do). I use every and any tool I can to turn a vision into a photograph.

 

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist

Emotion. I try to bring out the emotion of the subject through the photograph .I do this by talking to him about his job and more importantly having him talk about it. And so, when its time to click on that shutter he is relaxed and ready.

 

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Featured Photographer – Gregory Mohn

16 June 2018 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image 2. What inspired you to take the shot? 3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting? 4. Tell us about the editing process? 5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist

his is a shot of my friend Victoria who would often entertain my weird ideas. Sometimes they worked, sometimes they didn’t and sometimes they were disasters. This one worked. The “dress” is just one of my turtleneck sweaters, and it just happened to fit her like a cool mod dress (with a belt supplied by her). It was shot in 2012.

 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

You know those weird, random thoughts you get in the shower for no reason. This was one of them. It was bouncing around my head for about a year until I was able to really decide how to do it, and who would fit. It was a time when I was really experimenting with Photoshop and creating abstract, but realistic images with people.

 

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

It was shot with a Nikon D800 with the 24-70 lens at 32mm, f/8 because everything needed to be in focus. It was locked down on a tripod so there would be no angle/distance differences. If I recall, there was a single large softbox above camera right for lighting. Probably either a 5′ box or a 4′ octobox.

 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

The editing was interesting. This is a composite of four different images. One of her just holding the balloon as normal. One of the front of her with her hair down, one with her hair up, and one from her back with her hair in a low ponytail. Most of what you’re seeing of her hair is the back of her head. Then, I needed to warp and bend the hair to make it look like it was going into her hand and out the bottom in a different place. All the shadows are real shadows, except moved up a bit to include them in the shot. Otherwise, the shadows of her head and balloon would be almost completely hidden by her body and arm and it looked strange when I had it like that.

 

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist

It doesn’t. I’m not an artist. I simply see things either with my mind or with my eyes and I try to recreate them as best I can with the camera and editing. But the fun thing about art is that despite the most honest attempt, people are going to see what they want to see. So is this social commentary? Is it satire? Is it a catalog shot to sell a belt? Depends on who you ask. I don’t bother to tell people what they should think it is.

 

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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER – KEVIN COOK

09 March 2018 | 1 Comment

1. Tell us a bit about the image

The image was created with limited equipment. No light rigs, no reflectors. It’s all all natural light with a few enhancements using a light overlay, and a photo action that creates the illusion of off camera lighting. Fall is my favorite time of the year to shoot because the bold colors.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

The dress inspired me. Anytime you can work with a young man or woman who dresses well for a shoot it will inspired you to dream bigger.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

100% ALL natural light. Shot about 30 minutes before sundown.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I used several kcc actions on this. Autumn days for the tons, perfect skin, and skin tones, bokeh 1.0 and lens filters – warm yellow. A leaf overlay and a light overlay. And pop the subject and light hacks are what makes it look so dramtic. Think the editing video is on our site.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 

Most people who follow me as an artist know that I use a lot of rich color, shallow backgrounds to isolate the subject and soft light. I have heard from a lot of people that my photos have a look that is easy to distinguish.

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Featured Photographer – Tim Skipper

30 January 2018 | 1 Comment

1. Tell us a bit about the image

The image was inspired by the movie the Cell. The visual graphics of someone with massive flowing silk got stuck in my head. To do the shot I contacted a model friend of mine and brought her to the garage of my house. For the red “silk” I purchased some cheap red bedsheets from a local Walmart.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

This like many of my images is often inspired by books, movies, comics, and videos games that I may consume in a period of time. Visual images get stuck in my head and I have to create them in order to get them out of the way mentally. I don’t really have any deep philosophical idea just an image that I think, “Hey wouldn’t it look cool if…”

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I started by placing my camera on a tripod with an extension arm and raising it as high as it would go. Then using a step ladder I photographed the model from a stable position. My light was a single Alien Bee in a large 60″ reflective umbrella with a diffusion panel that was placed at the model’s head. After going through several poses we settled on this one. I had considered doing this as a nude on silk but decided to cover her at the last moment. Once the shots with the model were complete I left the camera where it was and photographed the sheets folded and moved in different configurations over and over again. It was important not to move the camera or light so that the shadows matched. At the time I used a Canon camera and this was shot on an original Canon 5D with a 24-105 lens set at 24mm.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I couldn’t get the hight I wanted so to make my subject small the first thing I did in post-production was to enlarge my canvas size with the crop tool set to a 1:1 ratio. Then I began selecting images of the sheets I had photographed and pasting them into layers. I had to keep in mind my light direction so that the shadows all fell correctly so I couldn’t rotate or turn the sheets. Then when I had filled the canvas area I used layer masks and the clone tool to blend it all into one giant massive red bed. To get the silk look I selected the sheets and adjusted the color and saturation until I had the deep red I wanted. I also had to select her hair and copy and paste copies of it to create the fan look in the final image. Thankfully she had long hair so I didn’t have to create too much hair.

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Featured Photographer – David Monson

14 January 2018 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image

The ballerina is a professional dancer with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her name is Emily Neale.

 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

She wanted to take a photo capturing her strength in a soft feminine way.

 

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

It was shot with a Canon 5DMiii, 70-200mm. 1/200, f9, iso 160. I used a Paul C Buff White Lightning x1600 with a diffused octobox about 8 ft above.

 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I wanted to have just the right amount of diffusion balanced with enough shadow to show the tones she has. So when in editing, all that I needed to do is to adjust the lighting and add a few highlights along with some skin correction.

 

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 

As an artist, this photo reflect the constant search for that one photo you are most proud of. I was fortunate enough to work with such an amazing dancer and person to make this photo even possible.

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Featured Photographer – Vytenis Mališauskas

04 January 2018 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image

This is a shot of my friend model Erin McCarthy, with who I have worked with a couple of times before.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

I was inspired mainly by the Alice in Wonderland story by Lewis Carroll and of course the recent films that are based on it. My youngest daughter brought back the magic of the story to the house and I wanted to do the shoot about it but change it up a bit with a steampunk twist.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I used Pentax 645D camera with 45-85mm f/4.5 lens, Exif: ISO 100 f/9 1/125. All shot in my studio, for lighting I used two Quantum strobes. The main light was with a snoot facing the model, while the fill light was on the right side of the model. A Nikon flashgun SB900 was used to light up the lamp in the background.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I used Lightroom and Photoshop for editing. I slightly edited the exposure in Lightroom and then I finished the editing in Photoshop. I used dodge&burn, colour grading.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 

I enjoy doing different shoots and exploring new ideas. It’s always nice to get away to a different world with photography. A big thank you to my team, my model Erin McCarthy and Toma Bartoseviciute who did the make up, for helping me create the image that I wanted.

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Featured Photographer – Sveta Butko

22 December 2017 | 1 Comment

1. Tell us a bit about the image

The image was taken a year ago for the calendar.

 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

I dreamed about a shot with kid and retro car for a long time before. I built a picture in my mind and started to put together all the parts as in puzzle – car, case, clothing, location, light, year and day time, composition.

 

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I took the image with Canon 5d mark iii and Canon 50/1.2 lens.

 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

During the post process I worked with white balance, highlights/shadows, hue/saturation/luminance, levels, curves, added vignette.

 

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 

In this image I wanted to tell a story about a long trip that is in front of us when we are kids, about the childhood that passes so fast, about dreams and hope that are somewhere over the horizon.

 

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Featured Photographer – Olga Moskaltsova

07 December 2017 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image

My cousin visited me, she knows that I love to dream and to do an unusual photo shoot. And she asked me to come up with a way for her. We were lucky and that day the street was very nice.All the trees were covered with the hoar-frost. And I decided that we must act!

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

I had a wooden sled and at first I wanted the girl to collect firewood for a fire. but in the forest it was cold and we did not find suitable branches. Then at the farm we asked for some hay and a pitchfork. So one idea turned out to be something completely different.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I use only natural light, no reflectors. The light was diffused and softCamera Canon 6D + 135mm F2 L . ISO 100 F2 1\1250

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I open the RAW file in Lightroom , correct the white balance, reduce the contrast, and after that i open the image in photoshop . I copy of the layer and chang it into a blending mode of soft light and make the shadow not so black.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 

I am inspired by historical novels and fantasy and movies on these topics. My life is boring, and photography is my way to create a fairy tale

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