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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Featured Photographer – Guzon Ndrich

02 December 2017 | 1 Comment

1. Tell us a bit about the image

I have behind a normal vintage background, having my model step away from the background darkens it and throws it out of focus a bit. I didn’t light the background to avoid any sort from distraction from my background. I had already envisaged this picture, so I handmade the props I used myself and got just the right model for the shoot. I look forward to making lots more of African inspired images.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

I grew up in an African rural community. As a child I was very acquainted with the beautiful culture values of our people. As a photographer and an artist, I wish to tell the African story through my images.

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

Captured with Nikon D7000 f/2.8 – 1/250sec. – ISO 100 On a 50 mm – 1.6 Shot on Raw format Lighting- I used a very simple lighting technique. Single soft box powered by a speedlight. I used a c stand to place the light a bit above the the top of her face, to have the light pour on her evenly.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

Lightroom For this image I used lightroom to take care of the exposure. I wanted the light to be low and rich in contrast to make the African print materials pop. Then I use lightroom basically to convert image to JPEG Then Photoshop I use Retouch Academy Frequency separation.. Highlight with lasso tool and apply blur on a 30% radius Kinda does the magic of exposing the skin texture, I only highlighted portions of her face avoiding the face and the eyes Then on high frequency, I use the healing tool to get rid of obvious dark spots, I try not to do much because I want the image to be as natural as can be. I lil bit of the dodge and burn on Retouch Academy. Then I do some color grading and that’s it

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 

I been a photographer professionally for a few months now. Trying to build a brand and learning everyday to do best what I do

My instagram account is @_gmage

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Featured Photographer – Dana Flaherty

23 November 2017 | 1 Comment

1. Tell us a bit about the image

This image was taken outdoors right before sunset. I had been given the dress to photograph from a dress designer. As soon as I saw the gown I had a vision of fall colors in mind. I selected my model and wanted a girl with red hair who would really make the image “Pop” .I wanted the look of the model and the image to look almost “gothic”

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

I wanted to shoot standing over her laying on the ground in order to obtain a different perspective. I didn’t want the usual standing pose but rather something different where you are looking down at her when you look at the image. I feel as the viewer looking at this photograph you can’t help but feel some kind of emotion or wonder from it. I was inspired by the model and the mood of the light which reflected on her face perfectly.

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

I used a Canon Mark III and a 35mm sigma art lens for this shot. All natural light.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

My editing process always starts with lightroom for minor adjustments such as WB/exposure etc. I tend to use the radial filter tool in LR which is how I achieve my dark vignettes in my images. Afterwards I take it into photoshop where I hand edit using curves and contrast followed by adjustment layers and color toning. I love dark rich colors.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 

I have always been attracted to obscure things whether it was writing,music, art photographs.Anything avant-garde is what makes my soul sing ❤

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Featured Photography – Khalid Batua

10 November 2017 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image

So this is an image of my friend Anna dressed as Wonder Woman. She wore this last Halloween. We were all surprised how she looked exactly like Gal when she posted photos of her on her wechat app moments. The resemblance is uncanny!

 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

I’m a Gal Gadot fan. That’s the main reason i felt i had to capture Anna dressed as Wonder Woman in my studio. I just wanted to share on FB and INSTAGRAM what my friends and I saw and wanted to see if people would react same way as we did… Like “Noooooo Freaaaking Waaay! Anna! You’re Wonder Woman!” 🙂

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

I shot this with a SONY A7RII + a Sony 24-70 G•Master. I used 3 lights. Main light is a GODOX EXPERT portable light with a Godox umbrella + diffuser and honeycomb and 2 Godox D300 lights with gels behind her. Backdrop is grey.

 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

Honestly, I did a quick (messy!) processing on Photoshop. I didnt really follow the work flow that I normally do with my other photos on this photo. Because I was super excited to post it i just threw in all these textures and layers. Just wanted the photo to look as close as the original Wonder Woman posters.. atleast same feeling. 🙂 Didn’t clean the skin much since it’s not a beauty shot. 🙂 Changed the color of the red n blue gel to have that cinematic feel to it. And then added grain in the end. It was a messy work flow actually, but i guess it worked! 🙂

 

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 

My major is fine arts. I guess this piece reflects my creative and fun ART side. I don’t normally do this style of photos because I’m a fashion and beauty photographer. And so creating pics like this is fun! 🙂 I enjoy it. Just being creative but keeping it simple. But then as an artist.. i like trying different styles. So we’ll see. Gotta keep shooting and creating and sharing. 🙂

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Featured Photographer – Miguel Quiles

05 November 2017 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image
I shot this image while teaching at the Photo Plus Expo 2017 in NYC. I was showing the differences between what a photo looks like being shot at higher f-stops verses using HSS as I did in this photo.
2. What inspired you to take the shot?
The model was styled and so I simply asked her to go through a series of different looks where she would act as if the lens was confusing and intriguing her. We ended up with this.
3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
Sony A9 + Sony 85mm 1.8FE F/2, 1/1600, 100 (HSS) Lit: Profoto 5ft Octa + silver reflector below for fill
4. Tell us about the editing process?
The image pretty much looked this way straight out of camera, so basic adjustments were made to correct exposure and add color toning to the shot.
5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist
It reflects my love of closely cropped, intimate portraits. It draws me in as a viewer and I always hope it does the same for others.
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Featured Photographer – Ruslan Bolgov

29 October 2017 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image
I just dont like too long to sit still without any photoshoot. So ideas for
the next ones comes pretty quick and often. So that was just one of them

2. What inspired you to take the shot?
The Halloween is approaching… Well, “Freddy Krueger” as well 🙂

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
Just one studio light (with beauty dish) and printed background.
Canon 1Dx + Canon portrait lens 85mm/F1.2

4. Tell us about the editing process?
Shortly its Lightroom basic retouch with Photoshop color grading

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist
Some people may say this particualr portrait is pretty wicked. Yes, actually it is 🙂
Sometimes you have to go out from comfort zone and make something different.
Free Your Mind !

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Featured Photographer – Daniel Venter

22 October 2017 | 2 Comments

Q1. Tell us a bit about the image

We love to offer our clients a little something more above the clothing choice they bring along to a session. We’re aiming to style our sessions to our taste. My wife makes the dress as part of the the package

 

Q2. What inspired you to take the shot?.

The fall colours and of course the blue dress worked perfectly as a complementary colour scheme

 

Q3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

I have a soft spot for the 200mm f2 Ais Nikkor so I was my go to lens for almost the entire shoot. The separation is awesome and simply creates a unique look. I shot it on a Nikon D810 and of course I like to shoot natural light with much of my work. This time of year the light is incredible

 

Q4. Tell us about the editing process?

I dont spend a lot of time in the post processing stages. I got rid of any green hues that were in the image using photoshop so I could simplify the colour palette in the image. I.e. I selected the greens and changed the hues to a more yellow range. There wasn’t much else other than a bit of contrast pop and altering the blue tones to get into the range I wanted. I usually import images into Lightroom and then finalize in photoshop

 

Q5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 

Not sure how to answer this lol Most people can recognise my work and say it has a certain nuance. I dont know what it could be but I know it’s my style because of the DOF, framing and edit

 

 

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Featured Photographer – Per-Anders Nilsson

14 October 2017 | 1 Comment

Q1. Tell us a bit about the image
The image is A shot made as reference shot for one of my clients at the fashion workshop i hosted a couple of weeks ago in Stockholm. Will be probably be A part of an future editorial also.

Q2. What inspired you to take the shot?
For me the inspiration is as always the classics of street fashion photography and to be able to add drama into the shot with speed, selective light and Mood.

Q3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
Gear used:
Canon 5DSR
70-200/2,8 IS L
Two triangular reflectors one from the side and from above 30 degress of from my left.

Q4. Tell us about the editing process?
The editing is just Classic skin Rethouch, on this was no Frequency separation used. Then A mild dodge and burn treatment and then into Alien skin were A Ilford 100 filer was added and grain and general sharpness was added.

Q5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 
This piece has all things i need to tick my own fashion boxes. I need speed and Mood into the shot and A relative short DOF. When all that is mixed with leading lines and perfect side light and A great expressive model it is just makes people feel that they are were there and can feel what in the team felt. That is most Important in my shots, the soul of the shoot that makes you feel something. In my opinion is that lacking no one will care about your work.
Best Regards
P-A

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Featured Photographer – Sean Hepburn

05 October 2017 | 0 Comments

 

Q1. Tell us a bit about the image

The image was taken from month 3 through to full terms, stating in early March, with the final image taken at the end of September. Lisa (Mum) is the daughter of my partner and Lisa has named the little boy, William.

 

Q2.What inspired you to take the shot?

I’ve never been fortunate enough to be blessed with children and always viewed a new birth as a miracle. The changes a woman’s body go through are pretty extreme and interval images are the best way to really see what happens during the pregnancy.

 

Q3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

The images were taken in the studio I run, Art Asylum Studio’s in Weymouth, each shot was carefully measured out and setting were consistent for each image, we even measure the positions of light, subject and camera. I used a Nikon D810 with a Sigma EX Macro Lens for Nikon F – 105mm – F/2.8, lighting came from a 1.8m x 0.3m softbox on a single 750w Bowens Gemini Studio head. Settings were f/11 – ISO64 – 1/180th and the light set to mid power. The light was also flagged, to reduce flare into the camera.

 

Q4. Tell us about the editing process?

Each image was cut out on the right hand side, to allow the subsequent image to slide in behind, giving the effect of a row of people. The background light faded from right to left, so some work was required to blend the tones, where the images overlapped. This was done through a mix of blur, dodge/burn, masking off important areas.

 

Q5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist 

This work is quite typical of the sort of project I love to get involved, lots of planning, meticulous execution all brought together in editing. Images that seem impossible are always a draw to me, the goal being to make them look as if they were just captured that way.

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Featured Photographer – Scott Robert Lim

30 September 2017 | 0 Comments

 

1. Tell us a bit about the image

I took the image in China in 2015 in Beijing. I just loved the the dress and because of it’s length, I had to find a way to get her higher so I could showcase all of the dress. I saw this dark industrial area and i just loved the contrast between the red and dark texture and play between, young, delicate and beautiful vs. dark, antiquated industrial.

 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

My inspiration really started with the red dress and how long it was, from there I kept thinking, how can I really showcase this beautiful model and her red dress. I need something dramatic and larger than life feeling.

 

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

Camera Sony ILCE-7M2 Lens FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS ISO 125 Focal Length 19.0 mm (19.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/9 Exposure Time 0.01s (1/100) I used a single bare Flash, Strobie 330 that was raised high above her head to pop the red a bit, increase the contrast and sharpness.

 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I wanted a “fine art” feeling, a cross between a portrait and a painting. I had to make the background very dark, but keep some highlight and shadow to give it depth. I toned it a bit by adding a blue feel to enhance the cold feeling in the background. I added the snowflake/dust texture for added depth.

 

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Instagram: @scottrobertlim

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