When video was originally released as a feature of DSLR cameras in 2008, many people called this a ‘Gimmick’. 3 years on HDSLR video has made a staggering impact, with many videographers purchasing DSLR’s as they provide them with amazing quality video at a fraction of the price of high end Video cameras. The 24 Frames Per Second ‘film look’ has also been a deciding factor for many videographers. Also the ability to create a shallow Depth Of Field, which again is a trademark of more professional film making.
Vimeo is an amazing resource for some of the work that is currently being created using DSLR’s, enjoy this link that showcases the quality of some of the videos being produced.
Canon are currently leading the pack still in the DSLR video realm, despite Nikon being the first to introduce DSLR video with the Nikon D90. The quality of footage fell far short though, of the Canon 5D MK II that was released shortly afterwards (This was partly due to Canon’s rich history in producing video cameras). I’m looking forward to see where Nikon will take video with the D4 and D800 that are rumored to be shortly released.
I have a feeling the gap will close!
Most importantly though, its clear that DSLR video is here to stay. The more I check out Vimeo, the more intrigued I am to start creating DSLR movies myself!
My ‘Flickr find of the day’ is this slice of New York Street photography, it really is an incredible capture! The lighting and composition are spot on, the person walking down the street who appears to be a lonely figure, adds a real sense of story and mystery to the photograph. It has a real movie feel to it, true art! To see the photographers explanation behind this epic photograph simply click on the image…
Plus another stunning New York City photograph from Simply Abbey as a bonus…
Yesterday I was stunned to hear that superstar actress and model Keira Knightley was turning 26, it seems like she has been on our TV screens forever now, but she’s still…. just 26! Keira has deservedly become a movie queen, proving consistently she can back up her looks with acting talent. She has also turned her hand to modelling on numerous occasions, more recently collaborating with legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino. Her advertising work for Chanel is now becoming iconic.
Despite all this, Keira dosen’t seem to have let the huge success of her career get the better of her just yet. While some superstars let fame go to their heads, Keira is still keeping a level head.
It will be fascinating to see where Keira’s career will take her next, what has she left to conquer? Enjoy some of Keira’s best fashion photography poses.
Philip-Lorca di Corcia is a highly successful American Fine Arts Photographer, his work has become iconic and he has featured in many top art galleries worldwide. There is so much of his photography that I could feature, but today I have decided to focus purely on his series of images, ‘Heads’.
di Corcia has always been a master at creating unique and original ideas, he aims to take photography to new levels, pushing the boundaries of how photography is produced. ‘Heads’ is a great example of di Corcia’s uniqueness and originality, the series was created in Times Square, New York. di Corcia attached a strobe light to scaffolding on a subway, he then set up a hidden camera to secretly capture the people who became highlighted by the strobe lighting. The results are truly stunning.
The lighting is highly effective, giving the images his trademark cinematic feel. The portraits appear as if they are stills from a movie, which is even more impressive when you consider these portraits are not staged in any form. It is striking the way the lighting appears to isolate the subject, leaving the rest of the image dark and sparse giving a sense of the ‘unknown’ to the photos.
diCorcia redefined street photography with these images, capturing candid photos where the people featured all appear to have stories to tell, but the stories are not revealed clearly to the viewer. These photos blur the lines between the definition of ‘staged’ and ‘candid’, the facial expressions of the people featured add intrigue and interest, making the viewer wonder what the subjects may be thinking or feeling. These are clearly everyday people going about their daily lives, diCorcia has aimed to capture people going about their everyday lives in a unique format. True art!
This is the start of a new series I will be adding to the blog, showing you some of the famous photographers that have inspired a generation of photographers.
Gregory Crewdson is a master at creating photograph’s that appear as if they are stills taken from an epic movie, the meaning of each image is completely left to the viewers own interpretation. A story is held within each image which Crewdson never shares, forcing the viewer to search for an explanation to the scene that Crewdson has presented. Personally I’m a huge fan of Crewdsons work because it always makes an impact, forcing me to think about what his intended meanings are. His photography is dark, moody and emotional but equally beautiful at the same time. Please enjoy the following samples of his work.
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The time has come for a bit of fantasy, check out US based photographer Brandon Warren’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ series. I can’t say I was a big fan of Alice in Wonderland when I was a kid (I was too much of a typical boy!), but photography as good as this may force me to pick up the book at a later stage. Both these images have a feel of otherworldliness about them, they are well constructed photographs.
Click on either photograph to see more of Brandon’s work on Flickr.
Here is that interview with the photographer/videographer David Olkarny I promised you, the more I look at David’s work the more I realise his work is all about the stunning LIGHTING and colour. He uses imaginative lighting setups to create impact and to create that Hollywood movie vibe, there appears to be a story in every image. Find out more about how David gets that unique lighting for his photos below…
How did you get into photography?
I bought the Canon 5D mark II for the full HD video feature, when I saw the amazing quality of some of the video clip’s I was shooting I quickly began to realise that photography would play a big part in my life.
What inspires you to create the work you do?
Movies, I’m studying moviemaking in Brussels and I try to mix photography with this passion.
What is the most satisfying part of the photographic process for you?
Definitely using Curves on Photoshop.
What do you aim to capture in your images, are their specific messages in your photography?
I tend to take photographs that communicate with the viewer and hold a message. I don’t like to shoot random people in random places with random lighting, I prefer to have an idea, a concept, a story to tell.
Do you use any specific techniques in your work? (i.e. HDR, Long exposures)
The lighting is the most important thing on my photo shoots, I like it when the light is cinematic, mysterious, intriguing. Many photographers set a big flash in front of the model and I definitely do not understand why. The idea is to keep the shadow on the face to get the 3D look, the shadow is more realistic in my opinion.
My specific technique in lighting is to set the flash on the right or left of the model but never ever in front of the model. Regarding the processing I would suggest using Curves in Photoshop, it’s all about the curves for me.
What are your future ambitions for your photography? Where do you want to go with your work?
Secretly I would love to work in the advertising world.
Thank you David for a fascinating insight, to see more of David’s work visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/olkaprod/
David Olkarny is another of Flickr’s hottest talents, he is a young photographer based in Brussels who is studying movie making. As you can see in the featured images, his photography has a touch of Hollywood. Each image looks like a finely constructed movie still, his imagery pushes the viewer into another world. Truly Brilliant! His work reminds me of famed photographer, Philip-Lorca dicorcia.
I look forward to including an interview with David shortly, enjoy these samples.
When you were young – David Olkarny
Last ray of light – David Olkarny
Thought Bubble – David Olkarny
To see more of David’s work visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/olkaprod/