Billy Pham is an up and coming fashion/portrait photographer from the USA, his work has been causing quite a stir on Flickr and he really has an eye for creating beautiful portraits using mainly natural lighting. Enjoy some more samples of photography from this up and coming talent! The portraits showcased here have an amazingly natural feel to them, his work has been featured before on the blog and I’m sure it will be featured again, so stay tuned!
Recently I invested in a Tamron 90mm 2.8 lens, it is simply one of the best lenses I have ever got my hands on! Incredible sharpness, colour, contrast and also amazing macro capabilities. The only area I find rather average is the build quality levels, but for the cheap price their has to be a slight flaw. Guess I will need to careful not to drop it too many times, but I will avoid doing this if possible! I value this lens too much to drop it.
From the things I’ve heard this lens will make a great portrait aswell, as a 135mm equivalent on my D90 it makes it perfect for head shots. Where the 2.8 aperture will do a great job of making the background vanish at the same time.
Macro recently became an area that I wanted to master, it really has been a great fun adventure. While challenging at the same time.
Bees are one of my favourite insects and I shot these last weekend as the sun was just breaking through the trees in late afternoon, was fairly pleased to get this close to these creatures.
All comments are welcome-
Philipp Klinger is one of the most viewed photographers on Flickr, I thought the time had come to add one of his most viewed photographs to the blog. This photo ‘New York- Brooklyn bridge sunset’ has gained a quite incredible 260,000 views and has amassed over 1000 comments, it is clear to see why as it is a staggering capture. This photo really highlights the brilliance of good ole’ New York city!
Sauri is a photographer I have featured on the blog before, I saw an image of his recently on Flickr which in my opinion is one of his best yet. I find it inspiring to see a photographer go from strength to strength in their work. See the stunning composition below,it is a strong photograph in so many ways.
I stumbled across this incredible photoshoot by fashion photographer Michael Angelo di Battista today for Vogue magazine Italy, the model is US R&B singer Alicia Keys. The setting/location is extremely powerful, the lighting is dramatic and there appears to be a strong representation of the personality of Alicia Keys as a recording artist. The photos speak for themselves..
I am highly excited as I have just ordered a new lens, shockingly though it isn’t a Nikon lens!
As a Nikon DSLR user, I have always been wary of third party lenses. I have always preferred to buy the real thing. The ‘real thing’ in my mind is Nikon lenses, Nikon has a rich history in optical design and have been making marvelous lenses for many decades. I always have aspired to buy Nikon lenses over all the other brands.. but was I right to do so?
It would seem not… it would seem I have been slightly blinkered in my view. I listened to many stories about how third party camera lenses are inferior to their Canon and Nikon equivalents. Maybe this was once the case, Sigma, Tokina and Tamron afterall are budget brands producing lenses at cut cost prices. So in theory they are not meant to be as good…
Anyway I digress, I was all set to upgrade my 50mm 1.8 AF D for the new Nikon 50mm 1.4 AF-S G lens. That was until the Sigma 50mm 1.4 EX DG was recommended to me on one of the forums I regularly visit, I thought ‘Sigma! Why would I choose Sigma if I can afford the Nikon lens, as obviously the Nikon is the better lens!’. I carried on thinking this until I began researching the Sigma, from the reviews I have seen this lens clearly makes the Nikon 50’s look ‘old hat’.
Sigma have performed a savvy business move on Nikon and Canon here, providing a lens at a decent price point that outperforms the old fashioned lens designs the big two are still using!
Anyway, as you have probably guessed by now. I haven’t ordered a Nikon 50mm AF-S G, but I have ordered a Sigma 50mm 1.4 EX DG. Will I regret it?
Check out these great independent reviews- http://www.ryanbrenizer.com/blog/2008/09/review-sigma-50mm-f1-4/ and here http://www.lenstip.com/177.1-Lens_review-Sigma_50_mm_f_1.4_EX_DG_HSM_Introduction.html
Samples from the Sigma 50mm 1.4 by Marcus Schwarze (Beautiful images)-
As you may of noticed, Mario Testino is a photographer who has been heavily featured on the blog before. This is for two reasons really.. 1- Testino is one of the best fashion photographers in the world today 2- he is a huge inspiration to me.
Testino has recently carried out a photoshoot with movie star actress Emma Watson for Vogue Magazine. The shoot highlights his unique abilities as a photographer once more, he always has a knack of creating atmosphere in his photos whilst creating pure beauty at the same time. Enjoy this fantastic set.
Check out these amazing examples of Bokeh (Out of focus blur) in portrait photographs.
Bokeh is a Japanese word used for the aesthetic quality of blur in photography. Most people when looking at photographs do not neccesarily notice the blur in the photograph, but the blur has a huge effect on the way the photo is perceived by the viewer. For a start, there is no longer any distraction from the intended subject of the photograph, which brings the viewers focus solely on to the subject of the image.
In portrait photography, this is sometimes a crucial element as the focus of the image is obviously the model portrayed, removing the background in effect removes any distraction as well as creating a beautiful visual effect as a bonus.
As you can see in the following images, the Bokeh makes the image slightly more magical.
Ilko Allexandroff is a highly talented portrait photographer you may remember me featuring a while back, he really does create portraits than define beauty! I love the lighting, location and natural elements of his work. Enjoy this interview with the man himself where he shares some of the secrets of his success.
How did you get into photography?
I got into photography after I came to study in Japan in 2008. When i came to Japan I got a small portable camera so I can send photos to my friends back in Bulgaria, and it was very interesting to just snap around. I loved the feeling that by taking a photo I show something I’ve seen to people in a way, that they may have never seen it before.
What inspires you to create the work you do?
There are 3 different things that inspire me to do my photography, first its other photographers amazing work, I can spend hours just watching beautiful photography. Secondly, it’s the feedback I get, if people are happy seeing what I’m doing, that’s a really good feeling for me, and I’m motivated to keep on taking photos. If they criticize me, I’m still motivated to improve. And thirdly, we all see so many beautiful things in our everyday lives, and sometimes I think it’s such a waste not to capture those moments so we can make other people happy by seeing them.
What is the most satisfying part of the photographic process for you?
The most satisfying thing for me in photography is when I see other people enjoying my photos, no matter if it’s the models I’m shooting with, my friends who are viewing my photos or even the client I am shooting for. Often when I am some shooting for work and my client is clearly happy with my work, then I’m really motivated to do more and more, but in order to achieve the best I can I have to work really hard!
What do you aim to capture in your images, are their specific messages in your photography?
The things I aim to capture in my photography are to reveal the personality of the people I’m shooting. So when I photograph somebody especially if it’s the the first time, I try to ask them about their interests, hobbies and possibly try to use the interests/hobbies as part of the photograph. For example if they play some music instrument I might use it in the photo. Every person has own their character and charm.
Do you use any specific techniques in your work? (i.e. HDR, Long exposures)
My photography is mainly based around using off-camera flash lighting. I am trying to experiment a lot and try different lighting techniques. Usually when I upload photos online I try to write a whole description of how I took that particular photograph, plus I recently have enjoyed including some OFF shots and describing the process of shooting. I believe it’s interesting to the viewer to feel the atmosphere of the photo shoot itself.
What are your future ambitions for your photography? Where do you want to go with your work?
Having high ambition is what helps us all to improve more. I also have high ambitions, but the most important thing for me to do…is to be able to please one of the most difficult people in the world to please… myself! The more I’m taking photos the more it’s difficult for me to be satisfied with my own work and sometimes I’m even afraid of my own high standards!
How do you create such stunning portraits? What in your opinion is the key to a successful portrait?
Actually I don’t really feel that I’m creating stunning portraits, but I want to be able to do that one day in the future. Anyway, the most important thing for me when I’m shooting portraiture is the communication with the model. If the model trust’s me and we have good rapport then it’s easy to get a good expression from them. While I’m taking photos you might see me doing so many stupid things to lighten the mood and I would really do ANYTHING to make the people around me have a fun time, that’s why I like photography.
Thank you for taking time out for the interview Ilko, to see more of Ilko’s work simply click on any of the above photographs.
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My second EVER portrait photography shoot was amazing fun! Tori was a really natural model, I was working in a beautiful location (Town of Farnham) and the lighting was great for portrait photography.
I’m still not sure whether it was successful shoot or not (I know I’m definitely not Mario Testino yet!).. but it was nice to come away with, what I felt were some half decent results.. your thoughts/comments are highly welcome!