It’s a “Learn from the matsers” blog’s post

Hi guys,

Most of you know him. And the orthers surely know his pictures . Helmut Newton. Enjoy!
(Many pics are not safe for work or may be chocking if you don’t like nudity).

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It’s Miss K Again !

Oh man, I d’love to have more time to shoot and edit my pictures. my head is so full of ideas and I am afraid of them will be kept inside and never be on prints…

Torn between family and job, I took me ages to edit selected pictures of Miss K. I played a lot with Analog Efex Pro. Miss K and I had this TFP-Shooting in my rented studio in Vienna for 6 or 7 months back from now… Wow! Time flies.

I hope you enjoy and if you have any question in regard Analog Efex Pro, let me know.

Have a nice Weekend !

Miss K

Miss K

Miss K

Miss K

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Las Vegas

All has two sides.

It doesn’t matter what it is, or who it is, you will never see the two sides of person or of an object at the same time.

Las Vegas is this :

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But just a few steps away, and this is really a few steps away, at another time of the day, it becomes this :

Las Vegas

This why I love to take my time and open my eyes to the world around me. I love to get the flipped side of my subjects.

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It’s Vegas !

I am not a travel photographer. What I like is guys with strobes. That being said I shoot on travel as a tourist who expects to bring nice shots back home.

Sin City is the place to be if you love colors and lights. My wife, my daughter and I don’t like Vegas this much but it was on our way to Zion National Park, Utah. We did not like the noise everywhere in the hotels/casino. But we enjoyed walking down the strip.

The shot below is what I love to do : you expect something original, it’s not. At least for U.S. residents, such bars are very common in the United States, but here in Europe, not really. So I decided to make a shot. Back home, months later, today actually, I have edited this picture. I think it’s more interesting in black and white… although the TV-screens have very nice saturated colors.

Look at the lines. Look at the composition : foreground, middle ground, background with this interesting guy almost have in a nap. Did he lost his fortune downstairs in the casinos ?

Las Vegas

July 2014 – Las Vegas -At the Twin Pics restaurant.

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It’s time to crush my shot !

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This picture was shot earlier this year and Boris was kind enough to be my sparring partner for this shooting.

Boris has a charisma, so if you think he does not look good on the picture above, I am the one to blame. Getting better is only possible with practice and constructive criticisms. So the idea of this blog today is to take a shot and to kill it. The shot, not the model. :-)

First I would like to say what I like in this shot. I like the fact Boris in centered in the shot. I also like the fact that there is a separation between Boris and the background. There are different ways to get this you can combine. Here 2 ways are combined : I blurred the background by using a fast ƒ (4 or 5,6) + Boris is brighter than the black and colored-by-sticks wall. I like the light coming up from his desk. Actually this is a speedlight with an orange gel, one of those you get for peanuts in DJ-stores. I also like the fact you almost can see the text of the memos behind him. Thank this, the message becomes clear : we are in an office and this head shot is a so-called Corporate shot. I love drama and high contrast. My buddy Raphael think I shouldn’t push this too far and I guess he is right. This shot is on the edge. But it does not cross the line in my opinion. The light has a very fast fall off and which is typical for desk lamps, so it works here. The flip side of this lighting is it may be a little underexposed.

So now, what is not ok

  1. the collar is too bright
  2. the blueish hue coming from the right (window, natural light) should be brighter.
  3. No strong expression. But it also can be interpreted as self-confidence. But then it would have been stronger in the way you don’t ask your self it is this or that.
  4. Maybe Boris should be on the third line ( rule of third) on the right side.

Guys, fell free to write 5., 6. … in the comment field below.

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2 Tips To Notice When It’s Time To Move On!

Hi everyone!

Today’s blog isn’t about technique. It’s not about how you can set up lights. Not about the gears or tips in photoshop. Today’s blog is about facing the truth about your talent or, better said, your lake of it.

Oh yes, I can remember how things were when I started to shoot as a hobby photog’. It sucked. I did not see it and I was proud of myself. And my dear friends, very nice guys, told me what I so obviously wanted to hear : “Man you’re good!!”. So I kept on. And there is nothing wrong with keeping on moving further in order to reach the next level.

But, at the same time, there are signals you should learn if you don’t want to experience avoidable situations. One of them, and this is dedicated to the ones who shoot people, is to learn when it’s time to move on or to wrap up.

While you learn, as a newbie, you are not-self confident, you control gears, light, background… and indeed you have to and then you have to drive your subject, to direct she/him. Not an easy thing at first and you get stressed. And I guess you need failures to learn what to do and how to fix the problem encountered.

As long as you are alone on the set, keep going practicing. But don’t forget you have wife/man who is baby-sitting and maybe waiting for you since you are back from business trip and he/she would love to share time with you. My strategy is to shoot my family, photographically I mean. But then, you have less time to get ready : your partner isn’t interested in ISO, ƒ-stops or whatever. They are just trying to be nice. But if you are like this :

“euhh, wait… Hum, yes, maybe your head, nooo… it was better before. Yes it’s good now, but why do you wear this (cheap) dress? would you mind being… Ho, the pic is shitty. Maybe this (cheap) dress was not so bad, could you….?…”

Then your dear partner gets bored. So, here is my 2 tips:

  • NUMBER ONE
    If it’s a test shooting so to say, keep it short. One setup = one shooting. Set everything before, and then shoot only 30 minutes. And then, spend time with your relatives. The positive thing is that she/he will then accept to remodel because he/she knows you will be quick and you know when to stop.
  • NUMBER TWO.
    But sometimes we are so passionate that we don’t see the signal. So when you see your partner having a look like the one below, it’s time call the dogs because the hunt is over! Accept it, get mad (but don’t show it), wrap up and/or move on.

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This was the last shot of the test-shots. I noticed she is getting bored and that she wanders “Oh man, how long will take him before we start??? I want to watch “Sex in the City” on time…” So I said “Hey sweetheart, we are good now, get dressed!” Of course I was not. But I could make some changes on the way and I managed great shots I won’t upload here because they are not safe for work! :-)

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Splashing shots

Easier than I thought actually, I will give it a try ! :-)

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It’s Guest Blog Today Featuring Pete Glogiewicz !

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Some time ago now Marc asked me if I’d like to write a guest piece for his blog. He said
“No rules. It only has to be about you and photography”. At the time I thought that this would be easy. How wrong could I be !

Introductions first, I’m Pete, I’m 30 something, and I live in the UK, I have been acquainted with Marc via the internet for some time now, and it’s only through unfortunate timing that we haven’t met up for the beer he owes me. I’m father to two kids and to their annoyance they often end up being the subject of my photography.
My photography, is a very eclectic mix of techniques and subjects, and it’s going to be very hard to write about it because it’s such a personal thing to all of us. The reason I shoot ? is because I enjoy it, and find complete emotional release within it.

My style changes with my mood, and my use of Photoshop in post-production varies from “Never”

"Arrggghhhhhh"

to “Complete and utter fantasy”

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I started my photographic journey on Film in the late 90’s and have boxes and boxes of prints from this era, at some point I’ll get round to scanning some of them, but for the moment they are rarely dug out for a glance, which is one of the bad parts from the film era. I started shooting on a Praktika BC-1 which I still own and use. As with all of my gear since, it was a gift, an obsolete unused piece of gear that someone had finished with.

Through my entire photographic journey I have NEVER bought a brand new camera body, and hve only bought 2 new lenses, all the rest of my gear is second hand or gifted to me. And this leads me on to the next point I want to make.Recently I was out on an assignment for a local charity, and was photographing their Biannual fundraising event. I was approached by a “pro” photographer, who took great delight in taking the piss making fun of my dated gear.

This annoyed me greatly, especially when I saw the quality of his Pro work.

I produce images for Me, I work to a brief for others only very occasionally and the rest of the time I shoot for fun. And that’s what “Mr Pro” couldn’t understand.

 

Having great gear doesn’t make you a great Tog.

Having the vision and the ideas, coupled with the passion and drive to follow it through does.

 

I’ve made a lot of DIY light mods over the years, and will use anything to hand to produce my image, like with this water drop shot

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I’d never really done one before, So I just had a go. No fancy equipment, no ultra high speed flash just some stuff from round the house.
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But my true passion is making the images which pop into my head.

I really couldn’t explain where my inspiration comes from, and it can be random at the best of times. I know that one of the reasons that Marc and I ended up in contact was because he is often amused at how random my stuff is. So I guess that sums up me as a photographer the best, I get an idea, and I don’t care if it might not be to everybody else’s taste, I do it, I like to see my ideas as an image. It is in my opinion, the best and only way to shoot.

I hope I haven’t bored you too much talking about myself, but If there’s one piece of advice it’s this.

You make the images, not the collection of plastic and glass in your hand !

 

Pete is on Flickr, please check his amazing Gallery !

https://www.flickr.com/photos/peteglogiewicz/

 

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Breaking the news: GUEST BLOG is coming up !

Hi guys !

Along the way I got lucky enough to get to know photographers from all over the world. Internet in a very great tool for that. In flickr, I have met my buddy  Pete Glogiewicz. I love his pictures, they are funny, original, I love the ideas behind the shots… So, I kindly asked him if he would accept to write a few words about him and his work on this blog, and he said yes ! So stay tuned, it will be online Sunday evening !

 

more to come…   :-)

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Environemental Portraits

Recommend by Father In Law

The idea is to shoot portraits of people which a) tells a story + b) says something about the individual you shoot + c) are nice looking pics.

That being said, here is the story of this shot :

This man is the father of my wife. He is gifted. Gifted in the sense that he is the king of the army of DIY-Guys from the entire planet. I wanted to shoot him for a very long time but it did not like the idea of being in front of the camera. 2 or 3 weeks before the shoot, Boris and I had a huge laugh as we were talking about how bad we both are when we have to get tools from the box where they “sleep” most of their time… And we talked about all the bad or wrong pieces of equipment we bought for… well, not nothing, but at the end of the day, Honey’s Dady always comes and does the job. And then we agreed that good tools should always be recommended by fathers-in-law!!! :-) Sounds like an advertisement, doesn’t it ?

Then I combined the 2 things : the wish of having a nice portrait of my father in law and this story to convinced to pose for me. And here we are ! I love this shot!

It’s a non spectacular setup : 1 strobe aiming up to get indirect light + one light aiming down at a silver reflector to get some fill.

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