showcasing Portrait, Fashion and Landscape Photography

Posts tagged “model

A few of my recent Portrait Photography Shots

I thought I would share with you today some recent portrait shots of mine, I’m still learning the hard way and enjoying the learning process. All of my shoots have solely consisted of natural light up to now, but I have recently acquired a flash (Nikon SB700) though so I am looking forward to taking control of my lighting!

Let me know what you think, all comments are welcome…


Michelangelo di Battista: Gwen Stefani.. Stunning portrait

I came across this incredible shot today by fashion/portrait photographer Michelangelo di Battista, this is from his shoot of famed singer Gwen Stefani. This shot is so incredible in every aspect, the sense of drama and atmosphere is intense creating great impact. This is without even mentioning, the stunning composition and lighting of this photograph.

The bokeh to the right of the image is smooth and beautiful allowing the sharpness of the left side of the image to stand out just that bit more.

stunning fashion photography gwen stefani michelangel di battista


Another Portrait Photography Shoot By…. Me

It has been awhile since I carried out my last portrait photography shoot, so I was really pleased to organise another one. This time round the model was a girl named Lily and the town of Haslemere was the location.

The conditions were certainly very different to the previous shoot, the previous shoot was a typically overcast England day with showers. This time round, it felt like the first day of Summer all over again. (due to the fact, we have had another terrible summer in grey England!) The sunshine though sadly causes other issues in portrait photography, the main ones being harsh lighting, harsh shadows and high contrast situations. I enjoyed the challenge though of working with the conditions. Afterall, the best photographers can produce amazing photographs in every situation.

I still need to vastly improve my portrait photography skills, but I am really enjoying the learning process.

All comments are welcome…:-)Lily_Bridge_HeadshotLily_Bridge_PoseLily_Swing_Portrait_2

Lily_Cool_Shades

Lily_Wall_Pose


Sauri: His latest and greatest Portrait

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.

Pompas


40 Stunning Examples of Bokeh in Portrait Photography

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.

Check out the link-http://smokingdesigners.com/40-stunning-examples-bokeh-female-portrait-photography/

Beautiful bokeh portrait girl

Beautiful bokeh portrait girl light

Beauty bokeh portrait red lights


Ilko Allexandroff: Interview: Understanding the talent of a Portrait photographer

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.

Asuka @ Deyashiki 出屋敷 桜 @5:30am

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.

Asuka @ Kitashinchi / 北新地

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.

@ Banpaku Park

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!

Asuka @ Amagasaki / 尼崎・寺町

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.

Please click HERE to follow my blog on Facebook, your support is much appreciated!


My Second Portrait Photography shoot..

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!

Portrait-Tori beautiful model pose photography

Deep-in-thought-portrait beauty emotional photography

Tori6 warm smiling beautiful girl portrait

field-2nd


B. Image: Interview: An insight from the lens of a Street Photographer

I have featured the extraordinary work of street photographer B.Image twice on the blog now and I am glad to bring you an interview directly from the man himself! Enjoy this insight into the work and life of this inspiring photographer.

On Bangkok street...Siam Paragon, street Portrait #51

How did you get into photography?

My interest in photography started during my school days when I did some portraits and street photography with a semi-automatic camera (it wasn’t my machine though). But it stopped for a good number of years because there wasn’t anyone to share this interest with. A handful of my colleagues who took up photography  shared their skills and it was one of them who introduced me to flickr back in the year 2009. My interest for photography came back and shortly after that, I got my first camera, the Nikon D90.

What inspires you to create the work you do?

The people. Lives of people. To document where they have been to and what they were doing, the attire they were wearing on that particular day at that very second through my lens. “This is you. You were there, on this street and a street portrait of you was taken.” And when they look back (hopefully), they will remember that this event has happened in their lives and they are part of the street portraits series.On the night street of Bangkok...Khao San

What is the most satisfying part of the photographic process for you?

The moment when I know that I’ve got the shot.

What do you aim to capture in your images, are their specific messages in your photography?

Nothing pretentious. Every street portrait that was taken portrays the stranger in his or her natural state/emotion. “Be yourself, be natural”.

On Bangkok street...Siam Paragon, Portrait #48

Do you use any specific techniques in your work? (i.e. HDR, Long exposures)

There are not any special techniques. It’s the usual aperture priority or manual. I wouldn’t want to hold the stranger up for more than one minute.

What are your future ambitions for your photography? Where do you want to go with your work?

Portraiture photography is one area that I will continue to pursue, especially street portraits because there is no end to it. I have been doing this in Singapore, some in Malaysia and a good handful in Bangkok. I do have plans to visit other places to keep the street portraits evolving.Street Portrait #38

I see you mainly focus on ordinary people on the street in your photography and you clearly have great people skills. How do you approach people you wish to photograph? How do you help them to relax in front of the camera?

A lot of people have asked me this question from time to time. This is what I do…
I walk a lot on the street. Yes a lot, from one spot to another and sometimes I will go to another location within the day if I have too. I stop by at different areas for breaks while still paying attention to the people. I observe the things that they do, be it reading something, talking on their mobile phone, texting, hanging out with friends, walking alone, how and the way they walk and at what pace. I observe the behavior, personality, aura and body language. Now that I’m doing street fashion, I will have to observe the attire as well. Yes, there are lots of factors that need to be taken into consideration before I step up to ask for a portrait. I can’t ask for everything, but I will be selective to choose the appropriate person at the proper time without invading their privacy on the street.

“Excuse me, can I take a picture?” When I ask, I look in the eyes of the stranger and smile at the same time while holding my camera in front of me. As you can see, three things are during the few seconds when I present my request. Looking in the eyes shows your sincerity, smiling makes the people feel at ease (people love a smiling photographer, this is very true!) and holding the camera in front of you allow’s the person to identity your interest immediately.

Do people question my motive? Yes they do, most of them do. And I have spent a long time thinking about how to convey my request across to the person in the shortest and most effective manner, to strike curiosity and make them want to be part of my street portraits collection. I also have to make sure that I do not fumble when I’m asked about the purpose of my image making process. I still remember back in the days when I started my “Street Portraits 365 Days”, I’ve used various opening lines and trying to explain my purpose behind the project. While I may have some success, I wasn’t too happy with my lines. But the idea became more apparent as I step out for more street portraits every weekend, and finally, I found my magic word.

It is almost impossible to get the people to feel relaxed in front of the lens if you are feeling tense behind your camera. I tell them what I want, to have them relate to my emotion and express it on their own. A little connection is all it takes to earn that trust between you and the intended person whom you approached. At the end of the day, they get the picture, I get, The Shot!

Thank you for very much for taking time out for the interview, Boong.

To see more of B.Images work, visit his Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-image357/.

Please click HERE to follow my blog on Facebook, your support is much appreciated!


B.Image: More Street Portraits from Asia

Another opportunity today for me to include some more of street photographer B.Image’s portraits, his work really has a touch of brilliance to it. He ask’s a random member of the public to pose for him on the spur of the moment, the result is a professional looking portrait photograph. Enjoy these stunning shots from the streets of Asia!

Street Portrait beautiful girl asian fashion dress photograph

Street Portrait glamourous pretty girl photo

Street Portrait powerful pose man asian photo
Street Portrait beautiful pretty girl portrait


The Fashion Photography of the future? Is Street Fashion

Due to the prolific rise of the internet and people buying less magazines, budgets for fashion shoots have become less and less. This brings up an interesting question ‘What is the future of fashion photography?’, it appears perhaps the future of the finely constructed fashion magazine photoshoot may be potentially under threat. But with change, comes opportunity and fashion photography will continue to exist in one form or another. People will continue to purchase fashion/clothing and of course imagery plays a huge part in exhibiting/advertising changing fashion trends to the public, designers are likely to continue using photography or videos to advertise their new fashion lines.

‘How will fashion photography exist in the future?’ appears to be the real question, this at the moment is an open question. But the following article published last year in the Irish Times, gives a very interesting insight in to how the future of fashion photography may turn out. It appear’s that some of the new up and coming fashion photographers (i.e. Garance Dore) are defining a new style of photography, Street Fashion photography. This appears to be a more reality based style of fashion photography, much of todays fashion imagery is heavily photoshopped and expensively constructed. It will be interesting to see if this new budget conscious and reality based style of photography becomes the new norm in the world of fashion as editorial budgets continue to be cut back.

Personally I hope that the current form of glossy mag fashion photography continues to exist as I feel this form of photography has a special place, but it will be interesting to see how this creative and new style of Street fashion photography progresses as I believe it could be equally effective. Check out the link below-

http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/fash-mob/2010/05/04/garance-dore-top-fashion-photographer-of-the-future/

A great image from photographer Garance Dore for Elle Magazine below-

Garance dore Elle magazine street fashion photography