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

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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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.

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College made me “Black and White”

Since October I have been taking pictures basically in two colours:  black and white. Well, we can always argue that a black and white image has many, many more than only two colours – all the tones of gray, from light to dark, make the image very diverse. Anyway, I fell in love in all the black & white photographs and I started to look at this kind of photography in a different way than before. I used to think that a monochrome image is sad and I usually considered it as an art. But since we have been bombarded with all of the rich in colour and saturated massages in magazines and ads, I really need to slow down and take a fresh look at the beautiful, dreamy black & white photography. All the pictures below by me.

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Annie Leibovitz – Life in Pictures

Reading a short biography about an American photographer Annie Leibovitz, I’m surprised how many books has she written as well. The books contains all of her work of course. There’s one book that she published together with Susan Sontag, an american writer and filmmaker. The book is called Women and I’m definitely going to read it soon.

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Picture by me (KF) – The book “Women” already on my table

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Let’s start in B&W

Ela by Kasia Foxińska

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This B&W shot of Ela is one of my favourites and comes from the album “Ela as a  Cover Girl” by Kasia Foxińska* from August 2012. The pictures were taken at home. I dream about a big, bright photo studio in the future, but all I have for now is my small, sunny living room. At least it’s sunny.

This is what I really like about people I photograph: the way they pose, the way they engage with me without words. There’s a big power and talent in a photographer if a model is a 100% relaxed and self-confident in a front of camera.  The picture above shows how easy is to take photos and have a nice time at the same time if there is a special connection between a photographer and a model. Connection  made just at the beginning of the photo-shoot. This is definitely a subject for a separate post about a portrait, which I’m going to write soon. Let’s keep in touch.

*Kasia Foxińska is my nickname. You are all welcome to visit my first blog established in 2011: kasiafoxinska.blogspot.com

Why photography?

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“Why photography?” Hmmm… Why do I need to study photography and pay so much for a college if almost everyone can take nice pictures and learn for free from thousands of tutorials on You Tube? Why do I want to be a photographer if anyone who has a professional digital SLR can call himself a photographer?

I have been taking pictures for the last 3 years since I’ve got my first professional camera. I have learned a lot, but I am still seeking for improvement. This is why I’ve moved my hobby to the next level. I want to find an answer: “Where to go with my photography?” and “How to take care for my photographic passion to grow it bigger and not to scare it?’ I hope there’s an answer in Griffith College.

My goal for the next few months is to become confident about my camera.  I want to be a 100% sure of my skills anytime I want to take a picture and anytime I will be ask for it. I want to take 20 out of 20 great pictures, not 20 out of 200 I took. I want  to be conscious of my photographic knowledge and use it to take beautiful and sophisticated photographs. I want to meet photographers and start learning from them. I want to be a real photographer.

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