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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer (borrowed from Wikipedia).
Every photographer creates millions of portraits during his/her carrier in the photographic industry. Even if his main activity is taking pictures of beautiful landscapes or items for sale, he will never escape from pictures of people or animals. Anytime we take picture of a friend or even a little kitten, we create portrait and our aim is to show the emotions, behavior and situation in which we have found our model. If we want to take a portrait of a person, we have to engage with our model and convince him/her to look directly at us and show emotions and expressions. I know very well , that portraits with models not looking directly into camera lens work good as well and sometimes tell even more about our model. People’s hands are very important too. Depend on how are they positioned, they can create very active or thoughtful portrait. Anything that can help to enhance your portrait is a good idea. Just look around what can describe your model? Maybe a guitar if he is a musician or some books if he is a writer. Have fun taking pictures of people/animals! They are never the same! Once you catch a great portrait, you will be proud of it till the end.
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