Alexander Alexandrov Transforms a Gridded Softbox into a Barred Window

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Portrait photographer Alexander Alexandrov likes somber moods and stories, and he knows how to use lighting to achieve that effect. For instance, he recently made a gridded softbox look like a barred window. Read the story and learn how.

Alexander Alexandrov was born in Voronezh, Russia, but moved to the United States in his late teens. It was here that he discovered his love for photography – for people photography in particular.

“I like to shoot people,” says Alexander. “I wouldn’t say just portraits, but close to that. I like character-driven visual storytelling. Even if it’s a cool location and high fashion wardrobe, the eyes are still “the window to the person’s soul”, as the saying goes.”

In terms of lighting, what would you say is the most important thing to remember as a people photographer?

I think it’s important to always try to do it in a way that doesn’t call attention to it and doesn’t distract but adds to the photograph. Most importantly, if you can understand your setup and it feels right to you and you understand why, then you got it.” Read More

Seth Lowe’s Ice Cream Eaters

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Say hello to summer with Seth Lowe’s light-hearted series, Ice Cream Eaters. Seth enjoys the challenges of “photo-booth” style projects like this one, saying that they “really encourage me to talk to strangers, and not be afraid to take risks, or to fail.”

The ice cream shop featured in all the images is actually owned by the family of one of Seth’s friends, in a farm town in central Illinois. Having gone to school in Chicago, Seth found the cultural differences between the city and rural Illinois fascinating. He says, “Some older people had never seen a lot of lights setup or had even had a formal picture of themselves taken before and were a little intimidated, and then some of the kids thought it was like being in a movie or something and were really excited, so it was pretty interesting to meet and photograph these people all day.”

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Behind the Scenes of a Sports Illustrated Cover

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Houston photographer Robert Seale got the chance to photograph three basketball players who rarely pose together, the Spurs “Big Three,” for the cover of Sports Illustrated. The catch? He would only have 5 minutes with them to produce a series of images with multiple looks.

His solution was to build a set that would be able to create multiple looks without ever having to move his subjects. With 4 lights, powered by Protofo Pro-7a’s, Robert got 6 different looks and 1 very happy art director.

See how he did it on his blog. See more of his work on robertseale.com.

 

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Martin Prihoda Mixing It Up for GQ India

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Over on Strobist, David Hobby interviews Mumbai-based photographer Martin Prihoda about his cover shoot with actress Priyanka Chopra for GQ India.

Lighting-wise, the shoot is a complex mix of hot lights, strobes, gels, and projected images, that was unlike anything Martin has encountered so far.

“This shoot brought together almost all the techniques I’ve learned over the last ten or so years of my photography career,” says Martin. “It was a combination of strobe and continuous light balanced with slow shutter and stress management.”

The set was lit with 3 or 4 5k hot lights and Priyanka was lit using a 3 strobe setup attached to a Profoto Pro-7a pack.

Learn the hows, the whys, and see the images on Strobist. Follow Martin Prihoda on his blog, Atomic Safari.

 

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Traveling and Loving Light with Rob Howard

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A lot of photographers dream of the life Rob Howard is living, traveling, photographing, and getting paid to do it! Fellow photographer Jamie Goodsell has interviewed him on his blog Goodsell Photography, offering us a peek at how he got started and what keeps him driven.

One thing that definitely comes through in the interview is Rob’s passion for photography and for light. He often combines ambient light and strobes in his work, traveling with a couple of Acute packs or Pro-7b’s. He writes, “I love to blend strobe and ambient light… Usually I’m pretty lucky with the light… and I see it all of the time. I often see light before I see an object. I just love light so much.”

Read the full interview on Goodsell Photography. See more of Rob’s work at robhowardphoto.com.

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