Posts Tagged ‘Beauty Dish’

On To Light Shaping: Dixie Dixon’s High Fashion Bridal Shoot

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Videos

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On to Light Shaping is a new video series in which get to see 18 renowned portrait and wedding photographer create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join photographer Dixie Dixon for a high wedding fashion shoot in a cold and drafty Mill. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

The term ‘location’ can mean warm, sunny days under clear blue skies or a cold, damp warehouse with no place to plug in the lights. For Dixie Dixon, a commercial, fashion, lifestyle photographer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, a recent high-fashion bridal shoot at the McKinney Cotton Mill in McKinney Texas took the latter track. Built in 1910 and shuttered in 1969, the structure has seen better days.

“The place is huge and there are hardly any outlets,” says Dixie. There wasn’t much in the way of heat either, and the drafty chill of the overcast day could be felt throughout the building. They couldn’t do much about the ambient temperatures, but they could do something about the ambient light. Without wasting time they began setting up their lights.

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Coming Soon: Victoria Will Shoots Celebrity Tintypes at Sundance

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Videos

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Photographer Victoria Will is a commerical and editorial portrait photographer and her work appears in newspapers and magazines worldwide, from New York Times to Vogue. She has also been shooting celebrities at Sundance Filmfestival for several years now. But this this year she decided to do it differently.

Rather than bringing her new digital camera, she bought a really, really old one. Rather than creating digital files and prints, she used a century-old technique called tintypes, also know as melainotype or ferrotype.

The result: celebrity portraiture like you have never seen it before.

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How to Light a Horse With a Beauty Dish

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Animal photography

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© Marco Joe Fazio

© Marco Joe Fazio

The Softlight Reflector White, also known as The Beauty Dish is very popular when it comes to beauty and fashion shots. It offers an even light with crisp definition and contrast. For this shoot, photographer Marco Joe Fazio wanted to try something different and decided to use it on three four-footed models. 

In a recent published story on his blog, Marco talks about the photo shoot he called “Proud Horse Portraits”, where he shot three beautiful horses owned by Miss Kayley Lanston. “Every production on location is always a challenge, but having as models three four-footed friends is definitely something that require extra attention and a careful planning.”, says Marco.


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How Andrew McGibbon Made a Rock Band in a Parking Lot Look Like a 19th Century Painting

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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When Indie Rock band JORDI needed a promo image to coinside with their debut album, photographer Andrew McGibbon was their first and only choice. With total creative control Andrew put them on boat and started to make magic.

“For some reason, I entered the conversation with the idea of a row boat in rough seas and they were all like “no way, we have a song about that!”. So it was pretty obvious that the idea fit from the get go and then it was just up to me to figure out how we would pull it off.” says Andrew McGibbon.

The lead singer of Jordi, Jordi van Dyk, had been a fan of Andrew’s work for some time so when it came to shooting their promo, he insisted it had to be Andrew. With a limited budget, Andrew’s condition was to have total creative control of the image.

“The great thing about focusing on a niche style in photography is that your client will end up giving you much more freedom in a job because they trust you – after all, they came to you for your style. Why would they want to stifle that?” says Andrew.

Andrew’s idea was clear right from the start. The image had to be dramatic, almost like a Turner painting. But he knew that the scene itself would be impossible to achieve on location and in only one shot. “You don’t need to be restricted by the natural or real and can create based on your imagination. There is much more room for magic.” says Andrew.

Andrew ended up playing the role as producer, art director and photographer and Jordi was happy to take his lead.

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Zhang Jingna Walks Us Through a Commercial Photo Shoot, from Request to Postproduction

Written by Zhang Jingna on . Posted in Instruction

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Have you ever wondered how a commercial photo shoot is done? Well, wonder no more. Today, photographer Zhang Jingna will walk us through the entire process, from request to postproduction. Here is how it works, in Jingna’s own words:

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how a commercial photo shoot is done. In this post I’ll be doing a little walkthrough of the steps involved in one of my typical productions, from pre-shoot to final product. Whether you’re an upcoming photographer or just a hobbyist, I hope it sheds some light on the behind-the-scenes and you will find it an interesting read.

Before I start, I should also mention that typically for major clients, there is usually a large team of people working on a campaign. In those instances an executive producer will handle everything related to preparing the shoot, and thus often, all that’s needed of the photographer is to prepare his treatment (more on that in a bit), show up, and shoot.

However, for many other jobs, it’s becoming increasingly popular these days for the photographer to quote and execute the full-scale production of the photoshoot themselves. This post will cover a project’s process on this scale. Read More

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