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!

Social Media

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikkiharrisonphotography
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Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/c/NikkiHarrisonphotographer
Teachable School for editing Tutorials: https://nikki-harrison.teachable.com

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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.

Facebook page Gennaro Marano Photography
Instagram gennaromaranophotography

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Featured Photographer – Dan Hecho

31 January 2020 | 1 Comment

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.

www.instagram.com/piamariarautio/
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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.

Instagram: Paparazzo_Film

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Website: www. PaparazzoFilm.com

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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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http://www.formatkafotografia.pl/

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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.

Social Media:
www.andreportolesi.com
www.instagram.com/andreportolesi
www.facebook.com/andreportolesiphotography

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Featured Photographer – Antonio Martez

08 December 2019 | 1 Comment

1. Tell us a bit about the image? & 2. What inspired you to take the shot?
This image is part of an ongoing 7-year personal project called “Colour Blind”. This is 1 of 20 images from the series. This project came about during a time when I lived in Miami, Florida, and I would go to the local grocer and see many Muslim women walking around in the traditional garments. What really stood out to me and caught my attention was their headwear called a Hijab. The hijab intrigued me to wondered what do these women look like under the vail. At the time also in the world, Muslims was depicted as a negative manner. What I found of this woman and men of their culture and faith, is that they were some of the most beautiful and friendly people I ever met. So when I started developing this project I wanted to name it something that had meaning and evoked thought, hence “COLOUR BLIND” was born. Color Blind, the absence of colour. Meaning regardless of the skin colour of the women behind this Hijab, they were all the same. They were beautiful and intriguing women. I chose to use very bold and bright colouring for the project to really make a statement. This project has exhibited around the world over the years. These most recent images from the “Color Blind” have transitioned into the realm of the classic black and white feel. With this new perspective, I created “Colour Blind en Blanco y Negro” series. I really wanted to push the limits on the project, and make very strong conversational pieces that both intrigued and stimulated the mind when viewed.

3. What gear did you use for the shot including lighting? This shot was captured using the Nikon D850 paired with Nikon Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED lens. I wanted to use a very simple light setup that can be replicated for the life of the project. It was lit using Profoto D1 1000 Air and modified with the Mola Demi 22” beauty dish.

4. Tell us about the editing process?
The editing process was very simple and straightforward. I had a great model with great skin, and a very dope creative team of makeup artist and wardrobe stylist. The makeup was very clean and crisp, which helped to make post-production very simple. The fabrics used in the project really caught the light to create very dynamic transitions of highlights and shadows. When produced the image was originally processed in colour. We kept the hues very close too actual as possible, we pushed the saturation a bit to give the fabric a bit of pop. Once we felt the image would look great in Black & White, we utilized the Infinite Color Panel’s Black & White Panel to create the final look. The final process black & white look was created using several instances of the black & white colour panel strategically targeting certain areas of the photo to create a very unique image.

5. How does this piece reflect you as an artist?
This piece to me as a photographer represents me as an artist and a creative wholeheartedly. I’m a very dynamic creative who love the use of colour and highlight & shadow play to create very compelling and thought-provoking images. You can see more of my work at AntonioMartez.com Twitter & Instagram: @AntonioMartez
https://antoniomartez.com/

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