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Zhang Jingna’s 14 Tips for Photographers Who Want to go Pro

Written by Zhang Jingna on . Posted in Education

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Some of you who read this are already full-time photographers with years of experience, while some of you are just getting started. But regardless of where you are on your journey, it’s always valuable to hear what someone else learned along the way. So, with no further ado, we present fashion photographer Zhang Jingna‘s 14 Tips for Photographers Who Want to go Pro.

Hi everyone! In my last five articles, I have covered the process of producing photoshoots, my favorite Light Shaping Tools, and tips on how to break into fashion photography. In this sixth and final piece, I would like to follow up on breaking into fashion photography and talk about how one develops into a professional photographer.

People arrive at their destinations through different paths, but many also share the same struggles, dilemmas, and pitfalls. I hope my thoughts will shed some light on what the path of going pro often entails. Let me know what you think at the end of the post!

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“No location has ever creeped me out as much as this one.”

Written by Alexia Sinclair on . Posted in Fine Art Photography

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“No location has ever creeped me out as much as this one,” said Alexia Sinclair. Nevertheless, she headed out into Belango State Forest in Australia with the ambition to turn the forest’s dark history into a thing of beauty and meaning. This is the third part of Into The Gloaming. Be sure to also check out part one and part two.

“Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it,” claimed Bertolt Brecht. I believe that’s true, and it was with this in mind that I ventured into the woods of the Belanglo State Forest no less than half a dozen times to create this image.

Those familiar with the forest’s name will need no further introduction. For the uninitiated, all I will say is that it’s notoriety was gained through the heinous crimes committed there in the early 90s.

No location has ever creeped me out as much as this one, and it’s for that very reason it’s so important to reclaim what it once was. To try and reshape it’s horrible history into something more than just a forest of bones. Read More

Alexia Sinclair Goes Into the Dark Woods and Lights up the Creatures of the Night

Written by Alexia Sinclair on . Posted in Videos

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In the second part of Into The Gloaming, Alexia Sinclair leaves the comfort of her studio in search of a one hundred year old weeping beech tree. With her is a porcelain skinned heroine, a dress made of moths and a bag full of toadstools. The dedication and attention to detail is beyond belief. Here is the full story in Alexia’s own words.

As much as I love set construction and working in the studio (it never rains), some things just can’t be recreated on set, namely a gorgeous one hundred year old weeping beech tree.

With only a week until the tree would lose all it’s leaves (winter is coming, at least in Australia) we had to act fast to manifest this gateway between the real and the surreal.
Shooting on location is all about planning for that 5 minute window where the ambient intersects with the artificial and creates something otherworldly. With that in mind the only question that matters is: When exactly will the Sun be in that 5 minute window? And then how do I make sure that everything is ready for that moment.

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Zhang Jingna’s Top 10 Fashion Photography Lighting Tools

Written by Zhang Jingna on . Posted in Commercial Photography, Fashion Photography

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We believe that you love the work of fashion and fine art photographer Zhang Jingna as much as we do. Her previous articles have covered areas such as commercial shoots, personal projects and tips on how to break into fashion photography. This time she will talk about her favorite tools and how she uses them. Here is the story, in Jingna’s own words. 

In my previous article on how to break into fashion photography, I mentioned a few lighting modifiers frequently used in the industry. In this piece, I would like to provide some examples of those modifiers used in my work, and also share with you my thoughts on a range of other equipment that I favor in the studio. I hope you will find this article helpful!

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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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