Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon is another photographer who has influenced my work and my future plans in the area of photography. His pictures are an amazing record of human being. The way he engaged with his subject is almost impossible. It is obvious that Avedon was obsessed with human nature and was inspired by history of literature and art. He passion to theater, portrait galleries and museums turned his obsessions into creative portrait work. The beautiful contrast and sharpness of his photographs evidences his technical darkroom skills. Avedon loved studio work. He managed to create full of life and sophisticated portraits of famous individuals of our time. Every picture tells a story, because it was captured in the right moment. Avedon definitely had a gift to catch the important moment of time and the ability to set his subject at ease in order to create unique, true and full of expression photographs. Anyone interested in Avedon’s work should definitely check out The Richard Avedon Fundation.

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Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

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Richard Avedon

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Richard Avedon

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Richard Avedon

Hungry?

There is another interesting subject in photography – food photography. It is probably not as difficult as taking pictures of people or events, but it still requires a lot of skills and love both for photography and food. There is a lot of fun in composing the food, playing with colours and depth of filed. Photographer Michael Ray gives loads of very useful tips on his blog. The most important for me are: the angle of view, tight cropping, shallow depth of field, adding a little bit of vegetable oil using a paintbrush which makes food look hot, wet and tasty, using a soft light and adding a back light with mirrors. Ray’s article is long, but worth reading till the end, so if you have ever been thinking about photographing food, search web/books first and learn from good examples.

Michael Ray

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Veganyumyum

Natalia Lisovskaya

Food Family Finds

High ISO Photography

I am doing a photo project tomorrow and I have to use a high ISO film, because there will be very low light conditions. I am shooting in my friend house, afternoon. I was looking for ISO 1600 film all day long, but I could not find any. They stopped producing this kind of film in B&W colour in Ireland. All I could get was ISO 3200 B&W film, so during processing my film next week I will have to pull it, to get the effect of ISO 1600.

High ISO film or high ISO set up in a digital camera gives a really nice grainy effect, great with B&W documentary photography. Photographer Darren Rowse writes in his article that “Grainy or noisy shots can give your image a gritty and raw quality that creates a completely different mood in your shots”. He adds as well that manufacturers of digital cameras are now even better in eliminating noise from the images shoot at very high ISO speed, so it is very difficult to get really nice grain shooting in digital. “In the ‘old day’s of film this was a lot easier to do as high ISO films naturally had lovely gritty grain to them”. So I am really happy that I am shooting with my film camera tomorrow. I cannot wait to see the results.

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Photo by Onkel Wart

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Fashionistas, part 3: Signe Siemsen

Another Swedish girl – Signe – runs her blog called Milk for the last couple of years already. She writes about her everyday life and being a DJ and model (she was modeling e.g. for a big fashion company – American Apparel). Signe has her own style of wearing clothes. The one with a large military jacket, black tights and army boots is my favourite. I really enjoy watching her blog, because her pictures of everything around her are highly interesting and there are a lot of photos borrowed from other blogs and websites, but very stylish connected with each other. Meet Signe Siemsen – a fashionista with an artistic soul.

Milk – Signe Siemsen

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Milk – Signe Siemsen

Milk – Signe Siemsen

Fashionistas, past 2: Mira and Thilda Berglind

Mira and Thilda Berglind are another fashion bloggers worth mentioned in my Fashionistas series. Two sisters from Sweden became very popular among all fashion bloggers few years ago. They blog about their style and love for fashion on Kanal5.se – 365 Days. Currently, they travel around the Europe and post amazing pictures, full of taste and passion. Both look like models and both take great, fairy-tale-like pictures. Is there any better recipe for a successful blogging?  Meet Mira and Thilda – Swedish girls from a fairytale.

365 Days – Mira and Thilda

365 Days – Mira and Thilda

Fashionistas, part 1: Olivia Lopez

Girls who blog about fashion , persistently and creatively, usually “end up” as stylist for fashion magazines or important websites about beauty and style. Sometimes they run their own blogs and get a lot of money from ads and sponsors.  There is a one word describing all the girls (and guys as well, of course) – Fashionistas. I have been addicted to few fashion bloggers since I first saw Olivia Lopez’s Lust for Life blog. Olivia is a 19 years old American girl (she started blogging when she was 14), who passionately writes about fashion and style. She is a student, blogger and model. Olivia presents her recognizable style, posing on all of the pictures placed on her blog. Meet a girl full of good ideas – Olivia Lopez.

Olivia Lopez

Olivia Lopez

Olivia Lopez

Children through my lens

Photographing children is one of the most exciting subject in area of photography. To take good pictures, a photographer has to be very, very patient and creative. Photographing babies is much easier than e.g. 6 years old kids, but good photographic skills are equally important. Personally, I really enjoy taking portraits of children in all ages. All the pictures I am posting below, belong to me and describe my way of seeing children through the lens of a camera. There are few nice tips about this subject here. Photographer Hendra Lauw writes about being patient, using toys, choosing colours and rule of thirds while taking pictures of children.

Picture by me (KF)

Picture by me (KF)

Picture by me (KF)

Picture by me (KF)

Picture by me (KF)

Picture by me (KF)

Picture by me (KF)

Picture by me (KF)

Picture by me (KF)

Pictures by me (KF)

Picture by me (KF)

Picture by me (KF)

Dainius Sciuka

I totally enjoy looking at Dainius Sciuka’s work. He is a young, Lithuanian photographer and he is definitely interested in fashion and street photography. Sciuka captures young, beautiful people, crazy and vain like a whole new generation. He is able to frame every single hedonistic, but at the same time very decadent gaze and make it look cool and trendy. He loves colour. His pictures are saturated and alive. And his models cooperate with him very well, it’s easy to notice. Take a look at a fresh fashion photographer, Dainius Sciuka.

Dainius Sciuka

Dainius Sciuka

Thanks Josette Decker for styling and Chloe for modeling :)

Dainius Sciuka

Dainius Sciuka

Halloween 2012

Last year’s Halloween party was amazing – nothing more, nothing less. This years’s party was much more quite and leisurely. But I can not complain – having a drink in my hand and chatting with friends, I still had some thoughts in my head. Basically: college, college, college… I am very, very busy this year and the college takes all my free time. That’s the reason that I don’t really think about parting and drinking right now. But I am proud I am a student again and I am glad I study such a beautiful thing like photography. So, with a drink in my hand or without, fingers crossed to finish my college with good results and a big smile on my face.

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