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.

Follow David on Instagram: @david_monson_photo

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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.

 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Sveta-Butko-Photography-882479368481473/

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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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Instagram: @moskaltsova_olga

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MoskaltsovaOlga/

 

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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. 🙂

INSTAGRAM: Khalidb1982
WECHAT: Khalid300882

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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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