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. 🙂 Read More

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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