I came across this Tumblr blog today that features some classic people with some classic cameras. There is something about being a photographer and seeing these shots that makes me feel oddly connected. How many of these celebrities can you name or more importantly how many of these cameras? 1 point for naming the personality, 2 for the camera brand and 3 for the camera model. Or you could just enjoy them and bask in the knowledge that you are in good company.
It's easy to think that models are perfect in every way because when we see images of them they have had hours of hair and makeup, they are lit by some of the most talented photographers on the planet, and then they are retouched by the most meticulous Photoshop artists around. In this post we get to see side by side comparison shots between each model without makeup and then after the full production. Each of these models looks pretty normal except for the last one that looked incredible even without makeup.
Photographer turned wet-plate artist Ian Ruhter basically dropped everything and cashed in his life's savings to follow his passion, morphing his van into a massive camera and making enormous wet plate prints as he travels the country. From hand-making the silver emulsion to the financial risks of shooting at a whopping $500 a plate, this video "Silver & Light" gives an in-depth
A great photo makes us feel. It makes us stare. It takes us places we have never been, or even places we long to remember. Great photos show us a side of the world we wish was real, or perhaps what is all too real. We are all capable of truly great photos, and our Fstoppers Facebook Group proves that every single day. To honor these great Fstoppers of the world, we award the best of the best from each month with a badge of honor: the Fstoppers Featured Photo. Here are the best from March 2012.
These iconic portraits were discovered by Dan Oppenheimer, a stained-glass designer in Memphis. They are the work of the late Jack Robinson, who shot celebrity portraits for Vogue in the 1960s. Later in his life, Robinson took up a career in a stained-glass, where he worked for Oppenheimer. When Robinson died in 1997, Oppenheimer handled his effects. In that closet in Memphis,
The great thing about a program like Photoshop is that no matter how much you know there is always more to learn. As someone who spends a great deal of time each week retouching fashion images I consider myself quite proficient at Photoshop. Then I come across images like Thomas Herbrich's. His work instantly reminds me just how much more there is to learn.
Let's hope this is not what you look like when taking pictures. Admit it, we've all been guilty of strange poses. I'm sure these shots are also making you wonder if there's a shot of you floating around depicting you in an odd pose. These shots really make it easy to laugh at ourselves as we sometimes see ourselves in their shoes, at least to a lesser degree.
Martin Schoeller's work is always so impressive. We shared some of his celebrity portraiture with you a couple of weeks ago. Now take a look at these close-up portraits of twins, taken at the "Twins Days Festival" in Twinsburg, Ohio. Is anyone else instantly reminded of Diane Arbus' Identical Twins? The longer you look at these, the more different they appear to be. Fascinating!
Remember the World Press Photo contest winners from earlier this year? Well, World Press Photo recently introduced (just last year, actually) a similar contest for multimedia and video entries. The winner is a stark, harrowing, and sobering documentary view into the Kommandokorps in South Africa, an apartheid-era relic that still lingers in the country.
I will admit that I am a fan of low key and moody lighting. So the mention of impressive "film noir" inspired portraits definitely piques my interest. The photos in this post have film noir written all over them! They instantly make me want to kick back and watch some old classic b/w movies.
These images of crashing porcelain figurines were created by German photographer Martin Klimas. He set up the camera so that the shutter would be triggered by the sound of the crash. The fighters fell 3 meters (almost 10 feet) to their destruction. The result is dynamic and beautiful. What strikes me the most is that the compositions appear to be so intentional. As far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong with stop action images of stuff crashing and/or exploding.
Photographer Joel Robison, also known as Boy Wonder, expresses a love for literature with this series. It's a visual representation of being lost in a novel. He includes his love for coffee and brings it all together in the end. What else could be better than getting lost in your favorite novel with a great cup of your favorite beverage? These pictures remind us of that feeling so well. Now I suddenly feel like reading again.
Photographer Rodney Smith cannot be defined by any set of words no matter how much anyone tries. This Yale graduate is not just intelligent, he is also an artist. “He's adamantly analog”. There's a definite level of intrigue when you take a look through some of his work. Forget about words, check out a brief collection of his work. Although a number of you may be familiar with his work, for those of you who are not, you're in for something special.
I just came across a couple of behind the scenes videos from Nike's 2011 'Be Free' campaign. I love the movement and simplicity of color in these images. They were inspired by the idea of being suspended in time, floating in an elevated reality. I'm sure this is what I would instantly feel like if I donned all of this Nike gear. French art photographer Denis Darzacq shot the stills. The mini-film was directed by British photographer/film-maker Barnaby Roper, see the BTS and final version below.
I'm fascinated by this series of military portraits by Melissa Cacciola. As the earliest photographic processes become more and more rare, it's refreshing to see a series like this one. These photographs capture more than just the person's image. At the risk of sounding cliche, it feels as if we're getting a glimpse into the subjects' heart and soul. She photographed each of them in uniform, and in their civilian clothes.