Heartwarming Interview with Ian Ruhter, the Master of Wet Plate Photography

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fine Art Photography

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ian ruhter wet plate colodion 14 1024x862 Heartwarming Interview with Ian Ruhter, the Master of Wet Plate Photography

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Long-term readers of our blog are well-aware that we are huge fans of Ian Ruhter’s work. Evidently, so is the good people at Steez Magazine who just posted an interview with Ian. It’s good. You should read it. 

Being a snow and skate culture magazine, there is admittedly not a lot about lighting in the article. But there is, on the other hand, quite a lot about the photographer’s creative process and the craft of wet plate photography. Click here to to read the full article.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to once again highlight a few of our favorite Ian Ruhter videos: MadisonAmerican DreamWhen Death Do Us Part and When Dream Collide. Every single one of them is worth watching more than once.

Recorded Webinar on High-key and Low-key Lighting

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Last Wednesday we did a live webinar with Mark Wallace on high-key and low-key lighting. Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.

As mentioned when the webinar was accounced, high-key lighting is great for getting a fresh, fun and upbeat feel to an image. Low-key lighting, on other hand, is great for creating drama and for accentuating the contours of your subject. Knowing your way around these two lighting styles is fundamental for any photographer wanting to create different images with many different feels to them. And that you will after watching this video!

Our next webinar will be held on April 23. Click the link below to sign up, and we’ll send you a friendly reminder when it is about to start.

 

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How to Do Hard Light Portraits

Written by Oleg Ti on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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Photographer Oleg Ti knows light. He also knows how to share that knowledge. In this post he will use the D1 monolight to show us how to do hard light portraits. Keep reading. You won’t regret it.

The most difficult thing in photography is to develop your own method or “algorithm of behavior” during the shoot. Everyone has the same challenge, but the result is different – primarily because the decisions made by each individual are different, even under the same conditions. I believe that the main value of any photographer is not just in his skill set or knowledge base, but in the way that he applies it.

In the workshops I host, I am often asked why I chose this source of light, why I chose this way of lighting, this position of light, the power, direction etc etc. And often I answer: I do not know, because the process is intuitive, instinctive. But we all know that intuition is also “skill set,” one that totally unique to you.Trying different ways of lighting, searching for your own unique approaches, arguing with yourself and, ultimately finding your own solutions and methods – that is what will make you and your work better.

Methods don’t happen immediately. They are formed over time, via accumulated experience, experimentation, and the knowledge that is collected as a result. And, in my lessons, I try not to just give you the information on how this was made, but to also impart to you my thought process to help you to build your own.

I always like to re-experience the great pleasure of shooting a portrait with hard light. It is an opportunity to enjoy playing with light, shapes, shadows and beauty of the model. So, here it is – the best way to understand what goes into hard light portraits. Let’s begin! Read More

Today is Our Webinar on High-key & Low-key Lighting! Will You Join Us?

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Webinars

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High key and low key lighting Today is Our Webinar on High key & Low key Lighting! Will You Join Us?

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Today is webinar day! Join us and Mark Wallace as we take a closer look at high-key and low-key lighting.

High-key lighting is great for getting a fresh, fun and upbeat feel to an image. Low-key lighting, on other hand, is great for creating drama and for accentuating the contours of your subject. Knowing your way around these two lighting styles is fundamental for any photographer wanting to create different images with many different feels to them. And that you will after watching this webinar!

The webinar starts today at 7PM CET (10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris, +2AM Beijing, +3AM Tokyo, +5AM Sydney).

Click the link below when the clock strikes seven to watch the webinar.

 

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Walk Through A Wedding, Part 2: Shooting the Wedding Dress

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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Walk Through a Wedding is a yearlong video series in which we get to follow wedding photographers Justin & Mary Marantz as they set out to capture a young couple’s most special day.

The series consists of 20 videos, each one revealing the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. This is the second video, showing Justin & Mary shooting the wedding dress. Click play and sit back as the photographic duo share their thinking behind where to hang the dress, how to position the lights, what Light Shaping Tool to use, etc. It will be a well-spent two minutes. Promise.

The first video and the introduction to the series can be viewed here. The next video will be released April 7. Keep checking our blog or sign up to our newsletter and you’ll be the first to know when the video is available.

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