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How Ana Dias Shot Playmate Miki Hamano for Playboy Magazine [NSFW] – Photography Article

The shoot done by photographer Ana Dias is a Playmate of the Month pictorial for Playboy US (Miss March 2019). The model is named Miki Hamano, and she comes from Japan. The whole photoshoot was done in a modern villa in Malibu, California. Dias didn’t start out as a photographer. She studied Fine Arts at a university in Oporto, Portugal, her home country, and specialized in drawing. During her time as a university student, she had a lot of live…

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Paolo Roversi Directs Pirelli’s 2020 Calendar – Photography Article

The esteemed Italian editorial photographer Paolo Roversi, known for shooting on 8×10 Polaroid, directed the Pirelli’s 2020 Calendar. Past calendars have been shot by iconic photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Tim Walker, and Albert Watson. The Calendar started in 1964 and is only made available for a select number of corporate clients and celebrities. This year’s theme is called “Looking for Juliet” and gets its inspiration from the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet and the feelings provoked by auditioning for the first time. Paolo…

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Shooting 12 Models In 24 Hours With the Fujifilm GFX 100 – Photography Article

Today, I’ll take you for an in-depth look at a new extensive project I shot with the Fujifilm GFX 100. It will be a longer essay meant to give you a hands on experience to help decide if the camera is right for you. I like a challenge. My parents might attribute this to a certain inborn stubbornness that, despite their best efforts, they were unable to train out of me.  My good friend and training partner at the gym may instead…

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Pro Food Photographer Debunks Viral ‘Food Styling Hacks’ – Photography Article

Those “food styling hacks” videos that go viral online every few months might not be entirely truthful—in fact, they’re often entirely misleading. Which is why professional food photographer Scott Choucino put together this video reacting to/debunking some of the most common hacks he’s seen online. Choucino sent us the video earlier today, explaining that he and his wife—who happens to be a food stylist—felt compelled to make a “myth busting video” that explains what actually happens on a real life…

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A [big] new challenge—the story behind the Creative Calling book cover – Photography Article

When it was time to think about the cover – the whole design package – for my NEW BOOK, Creative Calling, I knew I wanted it to be something different. After all…see if you follow me here… it’s just wrong to make a book about creativity with just any old trend, cliche book cover.  Instead, the package needed to embody the ideas within. So when we approached this design challenge of hard bound book, it had to meaningful, beautiful, AND stand out in…

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Peak Inside this Landscape Photographer’s Backpacking Bag – Photography Article

Take a peak inside this landscape photographer’s backpacking bag to get an idea of the camera and camping gear that you might want to bring on your next adventure. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do when I was first learning about photography was watching those classic “what’s in my camera bag” videos on YouTube. Looking back on all of those hours spent hunched over my computer, I tend to let out a chuckle. But…

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Advanced Tips and Tricks for Event Photography – Photography Article

Check out this video for advanced event photography tips and tricks.  Mik Milman is a Los Angeles-based photographer with over 10 years of professional experience. Throughout the span of his career, Milman has photographed for Nike, Adobe, and Adidas, just to name a few.  I’ve watched this video a few times now, and it has helped my own event photography tremendously. This niche in the photo world is not my specialty, but with a little practice and self-education you can…

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See How This Famous Children’s Book Series Was Photographed – Photography Article

The photo-illustrator of the popular “I Spy” series is interviewed about his process on the creation of the incredibly detailed book series. This includes the styling, behind the scenes, and yes, the cameras he used. Walter Wick may not be a household name, but his work certainly is. He’s the photo-illustrator for the “I Spy” series of books. Every child has owned one of these books or seen them in their dentist’s office. The books were first published in 1992 and are still going on today with…

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Grueling Lifestyle Shoot on an Active Volcano in Ethiopia – Photography Article

Photographer Joey L. is known for pushing himself to capture stunning imagery. From his documentary work on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS, to A-list celebrity and commercial work, he never shies away from a physical or creative challenge. His most recent commercial shoot was both. The ad campaign featured the ZAAF Collection, a premium lifestyle brand created by Joey’s friend and personal hero Abai Schulze, and whose bags are made entirely in Africa. For this special campaign, Schulze…

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A Photo for Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary – Photography Article

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of incorporating the moon into photos whenever possible. And so, with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing on July 20th, I was excited by the possibility to shoot something special for the occasion: Putting a man “on” the moon. The man here is Ty Johnson, a paramotor pilot, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As NASA will tell you, getting a man to the moon is harder than it looks. This is how we…

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Incredible Human-Sized Jellyfish Caught on Camera – Photography Article

This past weekend, just off the coast of Cornwall, UK, underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott and wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly captured what is being called the most viral wildlife story of the year: incredible footage of a rare human-sized jelly fish swimming alongside Daly in the murky deep. The footage was captured on the last day of Daly’s Wild Oceans Week—an initiative meant to inspire viewers and raise money for the Marine Conservation Society in the UK—and it shows a massive…

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Short Film Takes You Inside the ILFORD Factory to See How B&W Film is Made – Photography Article

UK-based film and photo paper manufacturer ILFORD Photo has released a new short film titled “Behind the Film” that takes you inside the HARMAN technology factory in the village of Mobberley, England, where all of the ILFORD and Kentmere B&W film, photographic paper and chemicals are made. The site featured in this film was first acquired by ILFORD in 1928, and the company has been making its black-and-white film, paper and chemicals there ever since. The short doc takes you…

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A Behind the Scenes Look at How Instant Film is Made – Photography Article

Old school instant cameras have long been a popular alternative to traditional film or digital photography. The film they use and images they produce have a quality unlike any other medium.  My parents never had an instant camera when I was growing up. They had boring old film cameras with little flash cubes on the top, and we had to wait weeks before we got developed prints from the rolls of film that held our images hostage. I’m sure my folks valued…

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How I Shot This Set of Studio Images Using Backlighting – Photography Article

If you’ve been following my recent articles, you’ll know that I’ve been on an umbrella modifier trend. I just love how portable and easy to set up they are. It’s pretty wild to think about the impact that such a small piece of gear can have on the look and feel of a shoot. It’s fantastic from the perspective of having access to umbrella modifiers but also from the perspective of being more willing to experiment. You really never know…

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Photographer Cory Richards Shares the Key to Great Art – Photography Article

What is the key to making great photography and art? Find out by watching this video featuring Cory Richards.  Thirty-eight-year-old high school dropout Richards is a world-class photographer and adventurer. He regularly covers stories for National Geographic and is an Eddie Bauer-sponsored athlete. His photography and films consistently win awards, and he constantly pushes the limits on what is thought to be possible in the outdoors and big mountain ranges. Richards is one of my personal inspirations in the mountains and behind…

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Photography Tips: How to Use Color Effect Gels – Photography Article

Telling a story doesn’t stop at your subject in photography; everything in an image gives the viewer context clues to build a narrative around. One of my favorite ways to facilitate interest and story in photography is incorporating color effect gels into the scene, but what are the best ways to use them and why? Coming to you from Robert Hall is a quick breakdown on using color effect gels for your flash imagery. Hall gives us a couple great reasons…

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On Location With Nikon Ambassador Keith Ladzinski and the Nikon Z 6 – Photography Article

Thinking of purchasing a new Nikon mirrorless camera? Watch this video to see what it’s like to shoot with the Nikon Z 6 on location.  Keith Ladzinski  is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic contributing photographer. Born in New York and now currently residing in Boulder, Colorado, Ladzinski has traveled across all seven continents in pursuit of adventure and image making. He focuses his creative work on natural history, climate change, extreme sports, and advertising, often blending them all together on…

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Behind the Scenes of Erik Johansson’s Work: Stellantis – Photography Article

Erik Johansson is an award-winning photographer and digital artist, known with his surreal composite images. He recently published the behind the scenes video of his project Stellantis, where he shows the pre-production stages and how he achieves the final look on his composite image. The work of Johansson is unique and surreal, but the way he creates his composite images makes them look real. He is an avid user of Photoshop, and he knows how to combine each element to…

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How I Shot These Rooftop Fashion Images – Photography Article

I shot these images for fashion ecommerce store Zilingo when we were doing a recent campaign/catalog shoot. What a fun team to shoot with! They really have a vision for what they want to pull off and are very supportive in terms of getting there.  That being said and outside the control of anyone involved, Zilingo included, we were on an incredibly tight schedule where after the catalog shoot, I had to set up and photograph the campaign within 30…

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The Art of Portraits: Telling a Story with Gavin Hoey – Photography Article

When you move beyond the technique of capturing people with appropriate lighting, while maintaining a flattering expression and pose for the subject, what should you be adding or recreating in your imagery next? The development and implementation of a story is where I believe the value of a portrait moves beyond just its aesthetic. Gavin Hoey builds on a concept from the Great Depression with the gangsters of the time in a Bonnie and Clyde styled secret portrait challenge.  Hoey begins…

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How I Shot These Studio Beauty Images – Photography Article

I’ve always loved the color red and the emotions it invokes. I suppose that’s the fun thing about backgrounds, props, and general settings in that a color theme can evoke so many different thoughts and emotions. Needless to say the power of a model is critical but what you can create around the model can go a long way in conveying the feel you’re aiming for. For this test shoot, I knew I wanted to create a set of images featuring…

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How to Master This Cinematic Lighting Setup – Photography Article

Understanding how to use light is one of the most important lessons a photographer needs to learn. Master this easy yet effective setup before your next shoot. The team over at Westcott Lighting are back once again with another insightful video on creating cinematic light for headshots. This week, San Diego-based filmmaker and educator Caleb Wojcik breaks down his approach to lighting in a very understandable and accessible way. If you’re new to using lights in your work, it can…

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Photographer Uses Robots to Shoot Commercial Videos – Photography Article

As advanced technology becomes more affordable, we seem to be seeing more and more photographers and videographers using robots to help them create jaw-dropping work, which requires precise movements. These machines are no longer only in the domain of the likes of NASA, Google, or Hollywood — and that’s really exciting. Steve Giralt is a commercial photographer, director, and visual engineer, based in Manhattan, NYC. Chances are, you have seen his work before — his Hershey’s S’mores advert and BTS video were seen by millions about a year ago, and…

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Fujifilm and Elia Locardi Team up in New Webseries – Photography Article

Elia Locardi, famous for taking beautiful landscapes and cityscapes, and refusing to go skydiving, has recently teamed up with Fujifilm, Smugmug, and Flickr to create “Moments in Time”, a new webseries following Elia around the world on his photographic journey. Fstoppers has produced, not one, not two, not three, but four tutorials with Elia and this new web series differs quite a bit in both format and content, concentrating more on the travel and adventure aspect rather than the actual photography (though that…

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Advice For Composing Mountain Landscape Photographs – Photography Article

Get a behind the scenes look at photographing mountain landscapes in this video brought to you by Alex Nail Photography,  Based in Bristol, England, Nail is a full-time landscape photographer. In 2017, the photographer won the mountain category in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards with his image, “Uxatindar in Iceland.” Also in 2017, Nail became the runner-up in the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year contest. In addition to landscape photography, Nail shoots and creates time-lapse films and…

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An Inside Look at How the Fujifilm GFX 100 Was Born – Photography Article

Last month, Fujifilm announced the GFX 100, a game-changing 102-megapixel medium format mirrorless camera. cinema5D has released a 2-part documentary that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how this monster of a camera came to be. Fujifilm granted Johnnie Behiri and cinema5D inside access through several trips to Japan over the past 8 months to witness and document the camera’s development after Fujifilm announced the development of the camera in September 2018. Part 1 of the self-funded documentary is a…

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Photographing the Milky Way From an Airplane? – Photography Article

If someone said that you could shoot the milky way right out of a plane window, what would your first thoughts be? Would you say given the right time and location it’s possible, or would you say no way without a tripod? Landscape and adventure photographer Benjamin Jaworskyj recently shared an image of the milky way as viewed from his window seat on a plane. Apparently, the image was very well received and sparked a bit of a debate about whether…

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Using Relative Color to Improve Your Photography – Photography Article

White balance is drilled into our head as a particularly technical thing to adjust in our photography and not really something we can use creatively beyond “Warmer or cooler” but there are so many creative possibilities out there. White balance is measured in four “directions” warm, cold, green, and magenta. The latter two are tint while the former two are warmth and with these four tones we can create all of the colors we need. It all goes back to the color…

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Indoor Climbing Photography Tips | Fstoppers – Photography Article

Coming at you from EpicTV Climbing Daily, here is a great video with loads of indoor climbing photography tips.  In this video, photography Lena Drapella walks the audience through some tips to shoot better indoor climbing photography tips, and shows us some thoughts that go into her images and process when shooting in a climbing gym. Drapella’s focus is in the outdoors and climbing, and the photographer has collaborated with brands such as GoPro, SmugMug, Rock and Ice Magazine, Peak…

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Three Natural Light Hacks That Will Instantly Level up Your Photography Game – Photography Article

What happens when you fly half way across the world to shoot portraits of a model on an exotic beach, but then realize the light is not as soft or usable as you thought? In this video, learn how you can sculpt the natural light the way you want to create the most flattering results. Light is the foundation of photography. It’s all around us, but we must learn how to use it in every situation, that is the job of a…

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