It’s Monday, Time to share some tips from Youtube

It’s cool and it shows that creativity doesn’t have to cost that much ! Which is very good !  :-)
C’est très cool et montre que la créativité ne coute pas forcément cher.

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It’s Sunday, the day for the post without any agenda nor special topic :-)

Hi everyone!

The 3 last weeks have been some kind of busy. Busy in the sense that as a no pro-photographer, my time, my free time is a very pricy thing. And its value raised even more than ever since my parents paid us a visit to come see my newly born and my teenaged daughters. Hat off : they are 81 and 88 and still enough good in shape to travel. Last week I flew twice to France, and you can imagine I had no time for shooting, blogging or editing.

But when you have family visiting you you have to take pictures.

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This composition works pretty well. Notice the line Grandfather –> Arm –> Grandmother toward the baby –> Baby looking back to Grandmother, her arm aiming at Grandfather. The white background is a white curtain lit by a bare strobe from behind. Camera left stands a 1,2 x 2 meter silver reflector. I played a little with the lightmeter and went for a highkey look. Processed in Alienskin Exposure 7 (= sharpness + contrasts).

More of them at my Flickr Gallery.

more to come…

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It’s Sunday. It’s about tiny rooms.

This post is about tiny places and low budget for a shoot.

As a new father I am quiet in a hurry most of the time. And I don’t have so much time to look for models in the internet. And asking friends is a nice thing to do but sometimes you want to shoot something special a relative would not do. At the same time, I have decided to focus more on the story. And this where the tiny place arrives : having not much room makes you think about the possibilities only in that frame. I am a great fan of Regina Pagles, an american (hobby)photographer from Springdale, Utah. Always the same set up, and every frame is new story.

OK. I have a table upstairs I thought and I could use it for my pictures. But I don’t want to have only one setup but to create it accordingly to the story. At this point, I thought I could shoot selfies in order not to stress looking for TFP-Models and also to see the results of my diet. And from this moment on, things have begun to roll.

My set up is so far easy, mostly one light, sometimes a backlight but I keep it small, using only what serves the purpose. Here is a shot of the studio so to say, shot with a fisheye.

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Not very pro.
Who cares! I want to shoot for me, for my pleasure, and that’s all.

Here a few shots all made there including (or sometimes behind since the it was cropped) the table.

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Miss U loves flowers and it costs me a lot !

Well, when you have a table, why don’t you put things or people on it ?Addicted to U(lli)

Basketball

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There is a story behind the shot you can read here.

So how would shoot the word “MISTRUST”? Well this is my interpretation, still in this tiny place: unbenannt-11 version 2-Bearbeitet Kopie It was quiet dangerous since the knife was falling every ten seconds! Kidding, it was of course added later in photoshop. ;-)

This one has been the source of a discussion on flickr you can read bly clicking on the picture. In short : a viewer felt uncomfortable and asked for information. Click for more details. Gangster with baby

Gardening

Those Little Moments In Life

So what looks at first sight like a problem (tiny room) has been a real + for making new pictures and it showed a new direction.

more to come…

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It’s about lightroom!

Originaly found at petapixel.com, I share this great video!

http://petapixel.com/2015/02/08/10-tips-optimizing-photos-lightroom-primer-basic-techniques/

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It was Valentine’s day !

Addicted to U(lli)

It was Valentine’s Day and I have had this setup in mind…

It was shot with 2 lights and a fog machine. The main light is a gridded Beauty Dish aiming at me at a 45° angle. The red light is a geled strobe aiming at me, thru the fog. F5,6, ISO 200.

This picture is from the serial : “my table which” I use a lot at the moment.

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My boots

Years ago, as my wife and I were spending a week in Paris, we came into a shop known for its discounts and its good deals on clothes and shoes. It’s on the rue de Rivoli. Anyway, I saw those Marlboro boots made of crocodile’s leather and I could not resist… And got them for 200€.

Setting in my new boots was quiete difficult, I size 43 and they are 43. But they are tight and it was a real deal of pain to set into them. So, I wore them 2 or 3 times and I gave up since 5 minutes per foot is simply too long. But I could not get rid of them. So they spent a few years in the darkness waiting for getting sold… One day.

Man with boots and tiesAs I was talking to a colleague of mine, he smiled at me and seamed interested in buying them, interested enough to say ” Hey, Marc, why don’t you bring them. I will have a look and if it fits my feet, I’ll buy them!” Deal! But his feet are to long for my boots…

I am having a diet. Since December, I have lost 12kg. And for fun, as he was disappointed for not  buying them, I told him”You know what? Maybe my feet are less fat now that I’ve lost some weight, maybe they suit me now! :-)

Back home, I tried. An believe it or not, but they now do. I thought I had to make a picture im remembrance of this story.

Go figure….. ????

One strip-softbox (Elinchrom 90x30cm) camera right aiming down at me at a 30° angle.
A white reflector camera left to rim the boots.
Shot at f14 with a sekonic 758d aiming at the light source.

Editing achieved in NIK Color Efex Pro + CC for the vignette.

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Frank Doorhof

Frank Doorhof is a fashion photographer and a teacher.

As he was in New York, he stopped by at B&H video and had a seminar. Please check it out and enjoy!

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It’s inspired by Vampire’s Diaries

It’s inspired by Vampire’s Diaries.

Vamps Vampire vampires BlutsaugerI like supernatural stuff and back in the days I already wanted to shoot vampires stuff. But most of the shots I could find in the internet were (and still are actually) too obvious.

I started with with this one : a composite of 2 shots. I only changed their eyes and the roof of the room to make it creepy somehow.

Then I thought it would be cool to see a woman, a female victim not scared, maybe even in love with her vampire. And we came up with this one. Another composite done at a time I had almost no clue of Phvampire 2 Norma with Schall  -  cadreeotoshop!

Then I wanted to shoot a sexy vampire.

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But the real thrill is this. do they exist? And if yes the scary thing is that maybe it’s just the guy next to you and you have never noticed it. But, even worse : what if vampires are a kind of Mister Jeckill and Mister Hide ? What if you are one and you do not know it… What if you kill for blood in a kind of day-sleep-thing? That’s what my last shot is about.

Its look has something from the 20ies mute movies. An old version of Dracula pushed in the future…

Dracula?

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Milkdresses…

Hi guys!

 

I have found a great photographer on flickr. His name’s Darren Nunis. He shot a few women dressed with milk !
Please have a look and see his inspiring work!

http://darrennunis.blogspot.co.at/

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Thank you !

This picture was shot to say thank you to my colleagues who were so kind to give presents to my daughter Louise.

One strobe wich happens to be a striplight of Elinchrom (90 x 130) set at ƒ11, a black reflector camera left. Done.

danke

More to come!

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