Fake and Pro Photographer

The video above is a short documentary film about faking a professional photographer. They have chosen an IT guy and tough him how to look and behave like a pro in one week only. He did not know much about photography, but they managed to teach him basics in technical and visual aspects of photography. One week later the “fake” photographer was asked to take some professional pictures of a wedding couple. How did he manage? Well… One thing is crucial: you can not be a professional photographer if you only know how to set the right exposure and how to achieve shallow or maximum depth of field. Being a pro is all about being in control with a situation and having a confidence in what you are doing. Experience is crucial – there is no chance to learn photography in a week.

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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

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.

Picture by me (KF)

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

Picture by me (KF)