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.

https://www.facebook.com/AliceSpellerphotography/
https://500px.com/alice-speller
https://www.instagram.com/dancers.of.cornwall/

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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.

 

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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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Featured Photographer – Emily Stone

09 August 2017 | 1 Comment

 

Question:
Tell us a bit about the image

Answer:
1. This shot was taken in my loungeroom (while my 8 month old son played on the floor at my feet) infront of the large bay windows that I fell in love with when we first inspected the house.

Question:
What inspired you to take the shot?

Answer:
The window and the light that pours through it around 10am – I watch it every day and think “something high contrast – a model in black against that white wall – would look awesome in the right light”.

Question:
What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?

Answer:
I used a tripod, remote shutter release, Canon 6D + 50MM 1.4. Natural light.

Question:
Tell us about the editing process?

Answer:
I used my own preset to lay down the base tones in Lightroom, then dodged and burned in Photoshop.

Question:
How does this piece reflect you as an artist

Answer:
Self portraits can be reflective of the artist but also demonstrative of an emotion. A lot of my work – and particularly my self portraits – focus on emotions rather than a portrayal of myself as the model. I like this piece in particular because unlike a lot of my self portraits, it is simple, open to interpretation, and shows who I am, just as myself.

If you would like to continue to follow Emily’s work, check out her pages

www.stoneandseaphotography.com
www.facebook.com/stoneandsea

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Featured Photographer – Brett Harris

03 August 2017 | 0 Comments

Question 1:
Tell us a bit about the image.

Answer:
I love creating a story through my images. This particular image tells the story of a young wife awaiting her lover to arrive home to her. Creating an image from the 1940’s War Time Era, named “Anticipation”.

Question 2:
What inspired you to take the shot?

Answer:
I was inspired by a fellow Photographer by the name of Gavin Hoey, who I follow on YouTube. The piece that he presented was on a Film Noir Portraiture Shoot.

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

Answer:
The gear I used was a simple two light setup to create a key light through the venetian blinds and a hair light for a fill light. The lighting was key to creating the mood of the shot, giving the appearance of street light entering the window. In this setup we used a venetian blind hanging on a background stand and added a sheet of perspect to create the reflection. By spraying water on the opposite side, this created the illusion of rain.

Question 4:
Tell us about the editing process?

Answer:
The editing process I used a combination of Lightroom, Photoshop and Plug-in Nik Software. Generally using Lightroom as global adjustments to refine the overall image. Photoshop was used for retouching up the model and by using Nik Software to add colouring, style and a vintage appearance to create this image.

Question 5:
How does this piece reflect you as an artist

Answer:
As an artist I find this particular piece a reflection of my storytelling through the len of my camera. This is achieved by connecting the voyeur to the image and allows them to be touched by and relate to the story.

If you would like to continue to follow Brett’s work follow him on his pages

www.facebook.com/B.Harris.Photography

www.instagram.com/b.harrisphotography

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