An Epic Photography Shootout: Benjamin Von Wong vs. Rebecca Litchfield

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to participate in a project that brought photographers to Israel to share some of its nicer sides. The project was hosted by Kinetis and brought together an amazing team: Benjamin Von Wong, Rebecca Litchfield, Simon Pollock, Mike Kelly and Adam Lerner and Jared Polin of Froknowsphoto.

With so much talent condensed in such a limited geographical area, I knew I have to do something fun. The concept evolved to make a crazy shootout between Benjamin Von Wong and Rebecca Litchfield. We planned on presenting those two very unique photographers with an ‘identical photo’ themed challenge. Only instead of having them create a single photo, we upped the ante and decided on three different themes they will have to shoot in: A Fire Challenge, A Feathers Challenge and a Flour Challenge.

So, theme was identical, props were identical, wardrobe (donated by Rebecca) was identical, hair and makeup were shared, and the timeframe was tight for both. But…

Having Ben and Rebecca almost on the opposite sides of the spectrum should be pretty interesting: Ben shoots Nikon, while Rebecca shoots Canon; Ben like massive strobes, while Rebecca usually use small constant lights; Ben comes from epic and surreal while Rebecca is keen to fine art… you name it, they differ on it.

The final photos are found below for your enjoyment… (and both Rebecca and Ben will share some more detailed info about the photographs on their own channels as well so stay tuned).

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Photographer Delivers Himself In A Box To Surprise Chronically Ill Fan For 21st Birthday

Sometimes photography is all about making a change. It does not have to be a big one, sometimes making a small dent in the universe is enough and this is exactly what photographer Benjamin Von Wong did earlier this year when he engaged with chronically ill Tyler Grace for his 21St birthday.

Ben’s plans were to spend some time with the cheap camera digital rev challenge took a turn when he was contacted by Tyler’s sister telling him that there is nothing more in the world Tyler would like more than to meet Ben.

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Mind Boggling Ultraviolet Shoot 2 Years In The Making

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Sometime making a great photo is all about getting the courage to ask making it. Photographer Benjamin Von Wong recently completed a spectacular photoshoot involving one of the most talented make up artists I’ve seen – Michael Rosner. It took Ben almost two years to bring a plan together that would make a fantastic shoot worthy of the art.

Ben approached both high end designers Amber Kusanagi and Michelle Hebert, and hair Stylist Dinah Raphaelle toput together an offer Michel can not refuse.

And the shoot came to life with an ultraviolet theme. Photographing Black Light requires a lot of illumination since the material emits really low light, Ben opted for a  Broncolor UV Attachment filter which mounted on the move unit was strong enough to freeze the action. (those are only $1,500 a pop, but you can rent them, or ask your local police station forensic team for a lender).

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A Photoshoot at a Shipwreck: Part Two of Von Wong’s Epic Underwater Project

About a month back, we featured an immersive and exhilarating underwater project done by photographer Von Wong. For those that never looked into it, Von Wong was the man behind a photoshoot done completely underwater – and it wasn’t anything I’d ever seen before. Before his work caught my eye, no photographic work done near at a shipwreck was quite as captivating at all. And if you haven’t seen it by now, you’re about to.

Back when we first posted about it, we featured a video that Von Wong uploaded to accompany his work, detailing the introductory basics of what it took to execute a project like that. It’s a privilege for me to introduce his next part in the making of this project: the second part to his video series, giving you an in-depth look behind the scenes at exactly how this photoshoot was executed.

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Daredevils Perform Stunts In The Holiest City In The World

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Every shoot is made from awesome scenery, awesome subjects and a solid concept to tie them together.  Photographer Benjamin Von Wong, Broncolor’s newest GenNEXT ambassador, teamed up with a few of Israel’s top sports extremists to produce an unconventional shoot against the walls of Jerusalem.

Having a low budget set meant gong for creative solutions when the location could not satisfy the vision that Ben wanted. Among these solutions were hanging on the rope from the old city walls and piggy backing Tomer Jakobson who was forced to meat a new interpretation to the phrase “supporting a shoot” [Read more...]

Make Beep That You Love! Work With People Who Love The Beep That You Do! Make Good Beep

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Taking a shoot underwater is not a trivial task. It is just as hard as any shoot but there is more pressure, it is harder to orchestrate, and it is harder to operate. If you thought that shooting in a confined isolated pool is hard, imagine what it is to shoot in the open ocean.

Photographer  Benjamin Von Wong experimented just this in a recent shoot in a ship wreck in Bali. Ben shares some of the challenged that he faces when shooting underwater: “when you’re shooting 25 meters underwater and your model tied to a 50 year old shipwreck in the middle of Bali where the slightest miscalculation could spell disaster“: [Read more...]

Interview With Benjamin Von Wong On The Ongoing Effort To Save Eliza’s Life

Over the last few days the blogosphere and the photography world specifically has been engaged in an effort to save a little girl’s life. Eliza has been diagnosed with a terminal  genetic disease – Sanfilippo Syndrome. While there is a cure developed, there are not enough funds to bring it into production. Photographer Benjamin Von Wong and Petapixel’s editor in chief, DL Cade traveled to the family’s house to make a video to help raise the funds needed. We interviewed Ben below.

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Meaning + Adventure is bigger than Meaning or adventure

Daniel Woods was moving from one day job to another and wan not really happy. He had it up to the point where he quite it all and became an adventure photographer. What he does is take folks about for trips out of Vegas and takes them out to have a good experience in the amazing nature in Nevada (as opposed to a night club on the strip).

Story sounds familiar, it may remind you of another creative that was bored to death in work – Benjamin Von Wong, who was a mining engineer until he decided to be a photographer full time. So it is no wonder that the two found a mutual language and collaborated in a story about Daniel’s passion and drive. With both those stories it is amazing to see where passion, courage and persistence can get you.

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Benjamin Von Wong Goes Against Cheapo P&S. Makes It Shoot Beautiful Fire Bursts

When we feature Photographer Benjamin Von Wong it is usually when he aces a photoshoot. And usually he uses all sorts of fancy gear to take the shot. From underwater lights to super slo-mo cameras. But when Ben met Kai from DigitalRev he was thrown into the cold water and given an epicly cheap Point & Shoot to create an Epic fire lit portrait.

There were quite a few challenges that Ben went through and conquered and I thought it was worth doing a minute by minute break down of the video with regards to those challenges. [Read more...]

How To Wirelessly Tether To Lightroom

Benjamin Von Wong has a short and sweet tutorial on how to wirelessly tether a camera to a computer (his post is Lightroom Specific, but  I assume other programs will work in a similar manner).

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You gain quite a lot of benefits from shooting tethered as Ben Explains: “Why tether you ask? Focus checking, framing, presenting shots to the clients on an actual screen, camera controls, live view, just to name a few… And all those are possible tethered directly to an iPad or a Computer using a nifty 300$ device named the CamRanger.

The caveat is that indeed you would need to say goodbye to $300 for the unit, but if you are doing large scale shoots and/or need to deliver live results to a client that may be very well worth the money. The teaser video is right after the jump. [Read more...]