Featured Photographer – Jonny Edward

31 March 2020 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?

The featured image is a series of self-portraits that I recently created in my studio. I strongly believe that self-portraiture is an essential tool for creative-experimentation and defining one’s own visual voice. Beyond being a conduit for artistic evolution, self-portraiture essentially puts us in the position of our clients|subjects, whom we ask to step in front of the lens and be open, vulnerable, and receptive. To that end, recently, I’ve been pushing myself to be more creative and intriguing when producing self-portraits; plus, as a fashion photographer, I adore movement and imagery that feels dynamic. 

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

Well, recently, I commissioned a bespoke canvas backdrop from The Obsidian Studios–whom I am an ambassador for; full disclosure–and was anxiously awaiting its arrival. Once I had it in my hands, literally and figuratively, I felt inspired to put it through the creative-paces and knew that there was no better way to do so than shooting self-portraits. I really love juxtaposition, in photography, and thought that it might be unusually engaging to create movement with my body while retaining a relaxed, dapper demeanour both in my wardrobe and expression. Externally, I find myself most intrigued by, and inspired by, photographers of the bygone era–Philippe Halsman’s “Dali Atomicus” has always held a special place in my heart. I’m sure that his work, and that specific image, was a force of inspiration as well. 

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

The setups for my self-portraits tend to be quite basic, for the simple reason that it’s significantly easier to manage fewer moving parts; especially, when playing the dual role of photographer-subject. 

Recently, I made the jump from Pentax to Sony, and couldn’t be happier, so I decided to use my new(ish) Sony A7RIV paired to the Sigma 35 1.4 ART. Honestly, it’s my favourite combination and I adore the 35 focal range. Courtesy of Sigma, the 35 1.2 is on the way and I am beyond giddy! That’s a story for another time, however! 

I tethered that duo to my computer using a setup from Tether Tools. Whenever possible, I love to tether. For me, doing so is really important when I’m shooting self-portraits as I can deconstruct my timing, expression, posing, etc. without having to strain or guess. 

For lighting, I used a single Flashpoint XPLOR 600 combined with a 60” EZ-Lock Octabox from GLOW.  One, of many, thing(s) I love about the EZ series from GLOW is that the modifiers all include a beauty-dish-like diffuser disk. The disk ends up creating a pseudo-indirect setup that helps to further spread and soften the light. I set the light a tad high(er) than normal, to accommodate the jumping, angling it down a touch. With a bit of feathering, the setup produced a flattering, soft, wrapping light that allowed for a lot of levity in terms of movement and position. 

4. Tell us about the editing process?

Because, honestly, I’d rather be shooting than editing, my post-production workflow tends to be as efficient as possible. The vast majority of my processing tends to occur in Capture One. For me, C1 produces the best colours, and files that are sharper/cleaner than anything else on the market. Post C1, the files were opened in Photoshop only to polish the colours a bit – using the amazing Infinite Color Panel. Literally, 99% of editing was completed in C1. Recently, I’ve been diggin’ the 3D LUT profiles from PRO EDU. I find, at low(er) opacities, that the LUTS create rich, tonal harmonies that get my images to where I want them with the least amount of effort, before ever moving on to PS. Each image took less than 10 minutes–probably closer to 5–to edit. 

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

I’d like to think that my work|art is narrative-driven. The imagery that I aspire to create is focused on whoever is in front of my lens; their respective stories and journeys. The greatest gift that photography has given me is the capacity to connect and to parlay that connection to help others share pieces of who they are. In that process of their revealing, I am afforded the chance to reveal a bit of who I am as well. I’m immensely honoured, whenever someone decides to step in front of my lens, and do my best to honour and empower them as individuals. In essence, my self-portraits are an ode both to the individuals I am fortunate enough to photograph and to myself as an individual. They’re an exercise in gratitude when all is said and done. Also, I like to have fun!  In my humble opinion, we’re so fortunate as artists, to be able to create, capture, and share; and, to me, life is too short to not enjoy every moment of the creative process, insofar as we can. The only thing louder than destruction is creation; let’s laugh and smile, while we create!

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Featured Photographer – Nikki Harrison

08 February 2020 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?
I had just finished a full set for a designer with the model, and I literally wanted to take an additional image in studio, I shot 4 of these and this one was my fav.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?
To be creative is fun, but I always want to do a more stoic, serious studio shot of every person I shoot.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
This is an old image, I was still on the Canon system. Canon 5D MkIII + 85mm 1.2 – The settings were 5.6 Shutter was 200 and iso was 100�I used a Mola Demi Beauty dish directly overhead with a reflector beneath the model for a bit of fill.

4. Tell us about the editing process?
This is a basic edit, strictly light retouching using the patch tool on the skin with color toning. Sometimes less is more.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?
I’m leaning towards less editing for 2020. Thought I’d try something new!

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Featured Photographer – Gennaro Marano

05 February 2020 | 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?

I have been passionate about fine art photography for some time. This image was born when my daughter confessed to me that she loves photography, so in my imagination, I saw her as a truly creative photographer. For this photograph, I used my Fujifilm xt3 with a 35mm f1.4 lens and for lighting a godox ad600 flash mounted on an 80cm octa box. For the development of the image I use my own technique, first I apply a colour correction in camera raw and then with photoshop I like to use a fusion of layers between black and white and color. Everything happens selectively. This photo-like all my other photos reflect a lot my artistic personality. When I take pictures I listen to music and the same music I listen to when I develop them. In this way, I manage to put my whole self and my artistic vision into my photographs.

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Featured Photographer – Dan Hecho

31 January 2020 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?
– This shot of a young girl who studying modern dances and gymnastic was taken during my artistic shooting in Kiev.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?
– I am inspired by beauty as itself, as always.
The female body is the embodiment of beauty, and the female body in perfect motion is the peak of beauty on our planet.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
– I used my camera Pentax 645z with lens 150/2,8 and available daylighting from the big window at left side.

4. Tell us about the editing process?
– The goal of my editing process to change the RAW file from the camera as much as possible close to painting on canvas. I use my special presets for the Lightroom, which developed by myself, based on my vision of colours.
You can get more information about my colour correction on my page https://hechopresets.com/

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?
– Each piece of the author should reflect the soul and inner world of the person. So, you see my personality when you look at my picture.

my social resources are:
https://www.instagram.com/ballet_as_art/
https://www.instagram.com/dan_hecho/
https://www.facebook.com/DanHecho.art
https://danhecho.net/
https://500px.com/hecho
old website http://danhecho.com/

regards, Dan Hecho

personal art-work website: 
http://www.danhecho.com/

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Featured Photographer – Pia Rautio

24 January 2020 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?
My 7 years old son is posing for me in our living room. The book he is holding is from the late ’20s. I love everything vintage!

2. What inspired you to take the shot?
I wanted to make a portrait of my older son and after I found the corduroy blazer my vision of the portrait started to form in my head.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
Canon 5D SR & Canon 85 1.2L ii, window light

4. Tell us about the editing process?
I wanted something that reminded me of painterly or vintage look so I tried out different styles on virtual copies in Lightroom already. In photoshop I used FS2.0 and a touch of dodge & burn. At first, I applied a digital background but I noticed that for some reason the original background looked better. The look was perfected with camera raw filter (split toning, grain, film look preset) and a few layers of Infinite Color Panel for colour grading.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?
I love moody and painterly portraits that remind me of the time gone and that may be described as soulful portraits. I also love to play with colours. I photograph my three children a lot! I am convinced I have learned the most out of these personal projects where I have been able to carry out my own visions with my loved ones.

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Featured Photographer – David Lee

03 January 2020 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?
This is a family/self-portrait I set up this year. The issue was that I didn’t have a remote, but we wanted both our dogs in the portrait, but of course, they didn’t want to look at the camera. I decided to pose my family, push the shutter, run over get into position, but right before the timer went off, I threw something a small tin of fabric tape against the back wall, right behind the camera so that the dogs would look up towards the camera.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?
I’m a big fan of self-portraiture; it’s helped me develop my style and to practice constantly. I put that same mentality into self-portraits with my family. Photographers can easily be so busy photographing others that we can neglect to photograph our family and being photographed with our family! Combine that with the fact that my wife insisted on our family portrait getting done on that day…and you have a recipe for creation. Ha!!

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
For this shot, I used a Nikon d750 with a 35mm lens. My light was an Elinchrom BRX250 with a Wescott 7 foot parabolic camera left but partially feathered into a white v-flat from V-Flat World. The large backdrop was painted by me. I also used a tether chord from Tether Tools into Capture 1 during the shoot. Oh, and I can’t forget the tin of fabric tape, which was thrown against the wall to get the dogs to look.

4. Tell us about the editing process?
I did my own post work on this image. I took it into Lightroom where I have created my own presents, including some colour grading. I then take the image into Photoshop for some dodge and burn, curves adjustment, some cleanup, and backdrop extending, etc. I then dipped it into Alien Skin (X2) for a final touch.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?
This piece reflects me as an artist first and foremost because it is of me and my family. I’m known for self-portraits, so it’s very appropriate to have one of my whole family. I also feel that it is consistent with my style. I enjoy drama, shadows, etc. Creating heirloom images of ourselves and of the ones we love is what I encourage everyone to do, so it only makes sense that I live that out in my own life.

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Featured Photographer – Lucia Staykov

22 December 2019 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?
This image is from a recent Newborn photo shoot.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?
When I was looking through the images I took I saw this one, and instantly thought his expression said “Let’s Rock ‘n” Roll”. Even though he was actually just yawning.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
I use Nikon D810 and 50mm 1.4 sigma lens for this shot. Its all natural light.

4. Tell us about the editing process?
So once I was editing the gallery, that’s what I did. I own the mini glasses and guitar, so I took a photo of each and composited them in the photo in photoshop

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?
I love this shot because it speaks to a lot of different people. I do like to think outside the box and challenge myself, by being unique. The guitar is the wrong way, as Jimmy Hendrix used to play this way sometimes.

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Featured Photographer – Irina Jomir

17 December 2019 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?

The image is about maternity, perhaps not love as many would expect, but the beauty of becoming a mother. Maternity changes a woman from inside out. It´s a point when she bridges from the state of a girl to a woman. Its when femininity makes senesce. I wanted to portray it and I wanted the image to be about her and not her baby. That’s why I used a strong visual accent on her femininity by creating circular lines, soft light and soft colour palette.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?

I’ve been photographing this woman a couple of times before and knowing her nature from the photographer´s perspective made me want to make this shot even more personal in my most artistic way. Truly I just wanted to create the most beautiful maternity portrait of herself, the one we both would be very proud of. So I guess my inspiration was the model.

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

Camera: Canon 5d mk4, lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, Profoto B10 plus x2, Photek soft lighter – L with double diffusion, white V-flat.

Camera settings: ISO 250 ; 1/160s ; f/6.3

Lighting: one strobe slightly behind the backdrop, camera right, pointed at the ceiling to replicate skylight. Second strobe camera right, 45 degrees to model with Photek soft lighter size L with double diffusion. A V-flat in white, camera left to fill in shadows. Backdrops: behind the model – Gravity Backdrops, on the floor – self-made.

4. Tell us about the editing process?

I use Capture One to prepare my image for master edit. There I do some basic adjustments like softening the contrast in skin tones, work on white balance and high dynamic range. Then I export it in Photoshop proceed with more advanced edit like skin retouching and composition. This particular image is a composite of three separate images. When the master edit is done I finish up with colour toning. For that, I use Infinite Color Panel created by high-end retoucher Pratik Naik.

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

I would like to belive it reflects my admiration of woman’s nature, strengths through softness and femininity.

Social media pages:

https://www.irina-jomir.com

https://www.instagram.com/irina.jomir

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Featured Photographer – Małgorzata Sulewska-Czarnecka

11 December 2019 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?
The story about this image is a little bit funny 😉 So I had an idea to use dandelions. Of course, it is difficult to bring all of them from outside of my studio, because I had to go through the garden and stairs… When I got to the destination, I had half of them. Anyway, when I tried to make the hairstyle … I had half of half And when I gave one to model and say “please try to not blow out this one” we started to laugh together… so it stayed just this one, and poor model can’t breathing during a few shots ( I swear – she’s still alive)

2. What inspired you to take the shot?
The inspiration for this shot was the type of model’s beauty. Her freckles and red hair, I just imagined her in a blue backdrop.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
I used Nikon D 750 with a Nikkor 85mm 1.8 lens. There are 2 lights – one is on the model, the second on her hair and a backdrop.

4. Tell us about the editing process?
I working with raw in Lightroom and Photoshop. I made more deep shadows, clean skin, strengthen her freckles, intense blue colours. I concentrated on the details of face texture, eyes, hair and dandelions.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?
I don’t feel like an artist, but only a person who still train her skills. I always said – photography can be expressed in many ways. For some, it is just a „snap”, but for me, it is the same as creating a work of art.

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Featured Photographer – Andre-Paolo Portolesi

10 December 2019 | 0 Comments

1. Tell us a bit about the image?
It all came together as a last-minute project with the beautiful, talented model, Petra Ashby (Instagram: @petra_ashby). A heavy ice storm, followed by a fresh snowfall made for the perfect opportunity to explore the backroads of Toronto, Canada, for an environmental portrait shoot. It was one of those sessions where the pieces fell perfectly in place. I could not be more thrilled with the final results and feedback we have both received on this collaborative project.

2. What inspired you to take the shot?
Truthfully, I was conserving sell this lens (Fujinon 16mm f/ 1.4). I am primarily a portrait photographer and was not finding much use at this focal length. Instead of selling it, I chose to challenge myself to use it outside of its general-purpose, for landscape photography. I soon found myself falling in love with the lens all over again. Needless to say, it comes with me on every portrait session as the unique images the lens can produce has become my ultimate inspiration to get creative images outside of the box.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting?
This image was shot with the Fujifilm X-T3 and the Fujinon 16mm f/ 1.4 ultra-wide prime lens. All my photography has been shot with natural light to date. However, I soon plan on exploring the depths of my artistic visions with external light sources as I am passionate about taking my creations to the next level.

4. Tell us about the editing process?
Lightroom and Photoshop are staples in my editing process when it comes to achieving the look I desire. Based on the location, outfit, pose and facial expression, I felt a desaturated, moody, vintage grading would best tell the story I was looking to share. After fine-tuning my desired tones and lighting adjustments in Lightroom, I then move to Photoshop to discard any distractions the image may have, followed by skin retouching, and a final layer of calibration for a polished moody look.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?
As someone who is very passionate about the outdoors, adventures and travelling. I feel that this photograph is a great representation of exactly that. With every photograph I take, it is my goal to share a piece of my personal story and evoke enough emotion in the viewer that allows them to connect with the image on a deeper level.

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