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 | 3 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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www.seanhepburn.co.uk

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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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Featured Photographer – Alice Speller

20 September 2017 | 0 Comments

1.  Tell us a bit about the image.
I have been wanting to do a clown style ballerina photoshoot for a while, I have looked on Google but not found anything like this,  When I originally had the idea, Clowns where in the media for all the wrong reasons, so held off. Plus I needed to find the right dancer, not everyone is game for this look!
Finally with the release of Stephen King’s film *IT* and having a willing ballerina on hand, I was able to look into making this shoot a reality.
I informed Holly what I wanted and how I wanted her too look, I knew the alley way I wanted to shoot it in,  all I needed to do was get it shot, we planned this on the Monday, outfit ordered, arrived on the Thursday , shoot on the Friday and all over and done in 20 mins!

2. What inspired you to take the shot?
I love pushing my boundaries, I love doing images that not everyone else is doing, breaking that line between *normal* and *what the hell are you doing* The feedback from this image has been amazing, (well of course, I wouldn’t be answering these questions other wise)
People who don’t like clowns saying its captured their attention, A lady who doesn’t like face paint stopped to comment, this is what inspires me, taking images that make people talk, think and look twice, that is what inspires me & pushes me forward.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
I keep my gear simple, canon and a couple of off camera flashes, One behind, one in front. I don’t have time or space in public to be fluffing around too much.

4. Tell us about the editing process?
The editing of this I loved,  I use ACR to make the starting adjustments, shadows, highlight’s, lifting blacks, opening in Photoshop, cleaning up the image is the main process, cropping to the ratio I want, adding back in background,  I use a lot of curve layers, hue and sat layers to bring out color as well as adding a vibrant pop to the reds, I didn’t need to do much to the face, as the MUA had done a really good job, just dodge and burn to make her stand out, a fog texture added then back into ACR for my own hand made preset to give it the final finish. And I went for the more muted background tones to really make her stand out.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist
I grew up reading horror novels and watching horror films, yet my life is one of bright and airy, fairies and ethereal, pretty and soft, I wanted to see if I could go to the darker side, without zombifying up a ballerina (hmmm now there’s an idea 😀 ) It shows me that I can step outside of the pretty box and produce an image that is so outside the standard and do it in a way that isn’t tacky or bad.
Most certainly will be looking into this style again.

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Featured Photography – Marcin Wajda

14 September 2017 | 0 Comments

Tell us a bit about the image?

It’s a self-portrait, me as a bloody pirate, har, har. I take lots of self-portraits, as a way of free training, and also to appease my inner narcissist I suppose.

 

What inspired you to take the shot?

I had a client who brought with him a shitload of props. Clothes, accessories, swords, guns, even a saddle. He got a call mid shoot and we had to end abruptly, so he asked if he can leave all this stuff. I said yes, I always say yes to free props. Then, as I still got the gear set up, I thought what the hell, let’s have us a bit of fun.

 

What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

It was shot with Sony Nex-7, which was my main digital camera at the time. I don’t remember the lens though – it was either a manual 57mm 1.4 Konica, or 58mm 1.4 Minolta, I was using them alternatively and they don’t save into exif, so can’t be sure. Great lenses by the way, perfect for APSC portraiture. The lighting is three strobes – Bowens Gemini 200, barebulb, with only small PARs, and barndoors on key. This is my standard setup for male portraiture, gives more punch and drama than a softbox or beauty dish would. There’s also a reflector below, to create highlights in the eyes and metal objects.

 

Tell us about the editing process?

Editing was pretty straightforward and consisted mainly of pushing contrast and clarity to the max, and swapping plain background for a photo of clouds, edited to resemble smoke. Some local edits were made too – brightening of the smoke from the barrel (I dropped a burning Marlboro inside for this smoke), changing the colour of the cross from silver to gold, and other minor details.

 

How does this piece reflect you as an artist

Well, it’s a selfie, so it would be pretty weird to analyse how it reflects me… I guess, since this is more or less how I shoot all my male clients, it represents the urge for something more adventurous, rough, than your average portrait session. Maybe a call back to some childhood dreams? I mean, who didn’t want to be a swashbuckling adventurer back in the day. Blackbeard, or William Kidd, or maybe even Guybrush Threepwood. In a way, a shoot like this is a great way to make those dreams come true. A bit at least.

 

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Featured Photographer – Grace Almera Dela Peña

07 September 2017 | 0 Comments

Tell us a bit about the image?

This image is a part of a series/project that I am doing called “Coffee Break”. It as a series where I take photos of models/people whom I have worked with before and new faces who reached out to me at some point for a collaboration.


What inspired you to take the shot?

I started doing this series last year when I wanted to do something new with my photography. Normally I create fantasy themed images, where a lot of planning and a creative team is involved, in contrast to “Coffee Break”, where it only takes around 15 minutes per session to take and the rest of the time, I get to spend with the model/person that I have taken photos of. I get to know them in a more personal level and for the ones I have worked with before, I get to catch up with them and plan future photoshoots as well.


What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

This photo along with the other images from my “Coffee Break” series was taken with ambient light. I used my Canon 5D MIV + Canon 50mm 1.4 lens.

Tell us about the editing process?

For editing. I always start with cleaning the skin. I use frequency separation to clean the skin followed with dodging and burning. Afterwards, I move on to adjustments. I used curves, hue/saturation and colour balance a lot to tone the image. Since the name of the series is “Coffee Break”, I wanted the toning to reflect that title. Therefore, I opted for brown and caramel tones. The colour of Latte, which the model was drinking.


How does this piece reflect you as an artist

As I have mentioned earlier, I started creating this kind of image because I wanted to try something different. Normally, when I shoot editorials or fine art images, I do not really get to spend a lot of time talking or getting to know the models that I am taking photos of. This way I am not only trying something new, I am also getting to know new people and hear their stories.

Social Media:

Personal Website: https://www.gracealmera.com/

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

IG: https://www.instagram.com/gracealmeraphotography/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/gracealmeraphotography

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gracealmeradk

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Featured photographer – Paul Tran

01 September 2017 | 0 Comments

The Autumn Sisters

 

Question

Tell us about the image

Answer

The image was created from a concept that I had.  At the time I was exploring imagery involving textures and I came up with a concept, the Spring and Autumn Sisters.  The image I wanted to create was of two Forest Spirits, sisters but opposites.  Amber is Autumn and her sister, Lace who is blonde and blue eyed, is Spring.  I wanted to portray them as ethereal, almost alien beauties, a little step away from our reality.

 

Question

What Inspired you to take the shot

Answer

It was a shot I crafted from an image in my mind.  I put together a wonderful team of artists who shared the vision and we all love the imagery that we created.

 

Question

What Equipment did you use?

Answer

I shoot with a Sony a7rii and was using my favourite lens, my Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM which stays on my camera 98% of the time.

Lighting based on two Godox AD600BM strobes.  One was attached to a 60” octobox above and left and the second one below and left on a 32”.  I positioned Amber a few meters away from the white wall on the left, just enough for the slightest bit of kick back….. I love shadows!

EXIF:  f/13 at 1/250th and ISO 100

 

Question

Tell us about the editing process?

Answer

my workflow involves balancing light and colours in Lightroom. I then move on to Photoshop to retouch. This involves frequency separation for skin smoothing and dodging and burning where appropriate. This image was shot in studio against a white background so I added a textured background also in Photoshop as the finishing touch

 

Question

How does this piece reflect you as an artist?

Answer

This piece says a lot of what I aim to express.  As the question suggests, I aim to create art.  An image that isn’t just about a beautiful person, but creates a story and emotions, not just in the setting and props but also in the models eyes.  I want to challenge, so that the viewer wonders what is happening in the scene, and also, separately, what is happening in the models mind, what is she thinking or feeling.  I love this image.

Follow Paul on Instagram @emaginephotographie

 

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Featured Photographer – Rahim Mastafa

17 August 2017 | 0 Comments


Question:

 Tell us a bit about the image

Answer:

This image is a composite image I created for my client who had spent six months getting in shape. He booked the shoot to capture and document all of his hard work and as he seen some of my other composites, he wanted to create something different to your regular fitness and physique shots.

 

Question:

What inspired you to take the shot?

 Answer:

He loved the idea of dressing up like a Spartan and so, he had the costume custom made and bought other bits for the shoot. We decided to do the shoot at his apartment as we’d spoken about the shoot beforehand and he sent me images of his place. All I needed was a plain background so I could cut him out quite easily. We ended up taking a lot of photos during our shoot, this is just one of many. After the shoot we discussed what I would do for each image, i.e would it be dark and moody, what kind of back ground, what story does he want to tell etc and we settled for an “after the battle” feel as he looked like he was returning from battle. My edit was inspired by fantasy artwork feeds I’d seen on Instagram and movie and TV posters. I work exclusively in Photoshop when I edited and spent about 6 hours to create this work. Using brushes and other elements, I added all the blood and scratches manually, I used a a moody cloud and field stock shot from Shutterstock as my main back drop, added smoke, embers, swords, debris and a vignette. I added some motion blur to give it a sense of motion and action. As to his body, I did nothing to enhance his physique, he was that ripped! I simply lifted the shadows and boosted the clarity and gave the overall image a look.

 

Question:

What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

 Answer: 

The kit I used on the shoot was all budget kit. I used a Sony a77 Mk1, a Sony 35mm 1.8 lens, two Yongnuo YN560ii speedlights, a 10ft stand and boom and a 20 by 20 softbox. My triggers are cheap £8 ones off Amazon/Ebay. And I filmed the shoot with a Canon Legria Mini X. Here’s a link to the video: https://youtu.be/iuI71KcNybY I love this sort of work. It’s challenging but it gives me a lot of creative freedom to create something different. None of his friends have a work of art like this, they all have gym based photos.

 

Question:

Tell us about the editing process?

Answer:

I shoot in gyms a lot, which can bring it’s own challenges as to how to make one shoot look different to another, so by doing composites, it sets my work out a different to your average physique photographer, as I am also a digital artist. It also helps my work to get seen by other audiences, such as Cosplay, which is huge. So, you never know who is watching and who knows, perhaps one day some big Hollywood producer may think my work is good enough for a movie! (I actually ended up doing a shoot for a BBC Sci-fi show called “Class” off the back of this shoot.)

 

Question:

How does this piece reflect you as an artist

Answer:

So my concluding thoughts are, if you are a photographer who shoots pretty much the same thing day in day out, go and do something different and show people just how good you are. Doors will open! I also film Behind the Scenes videos of every shoot I do, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/c/sugarboxstudiosuk My social media links are: www.facebook.com/SugarBoxStudiosUK/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/sugarboxstudios/ Twitter: @SugarBoxStudios I’d really appreciate a follow or a subscribe. 🙂

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