I am a great fan of self-portraits. I am not the best photographer, but I’m my own best model, that’s for sure. At the same time, I don’t really like selfies and I rarely take them. When I tell this to people, they often ask me “What’s the difference?” I wasn’t sure how to explain at first. But I gave it a thought, and I came up with several essential differences between a self-portrait and a selfie.
If you haven’t used color gels so far, in this video you’ll see some quick tips how to introduce color gels into your portrait work. Photographer Manny Ortiz gives you a suggestion of the setting, and also a quick tip how to make the best out of color gels.
We all imagine our favorite celebrities in a certain way. But what we see is the picture they create for the public, and it’s perfectly normal. But a Shutterstock staff photographer Andrew H. Walker reveals the different sides of their personalities. He created a series of double portraits which show that our favorite celebrities may not be as we imagine them.
I believe most of us snap selfies from time to time. And we mainly forget about them as soon as we post them on Instagram (and so do others). Some of us take self-portraits as well, to express an opinion, depict our emotions, or because we simply lack another model at the moment. Johnny Tang, a Brooklyn-based fine art photographer, brings self-portraiture to a new level. He creates self-portraits you are not likely to forget any time soon. He clones himself numerous times in a single photo – but he does it by shooting on 35mm film.
The perceived devil horns grabbed the headlines, but the real story behind the deep symbolism embedded within Time Magazine’s 2016 person of the year cover featuring Donald Trump is much more interesting.
Nadav Kander is a brilliant photographer and the impression of Donald Trump that you get from his photograph is unmistakable – following in a long tradition of using photography to influence perception – like Arnold Newman’s evil brooding image of Nazi industrialist Alfred Krupp, to Platon’s cold, inhuman portrayal of Vladimir Putin.
Kander’s treatment of Trump is subtle enough that supporters probably don’t see past a tough looking businessman, but the deliberate nuance to this image is delicious – so lets take a moment talk about this image of Donald Trump from a photography perspective.
Folklore and tradition have inspired many photographers. The photos that come out of such inspiration may or may not leave an impression. But a Russian artistic couple Yakovlev and Aleeva have definitely created something wonderful that will leave an impression.
There is hardly anyone who hasn’t heard of Pirelli. Even us who can’t drive have heard of this tire brand – thanks to their famous calendar.
The company dates back to 1872, but the calendar was created in 1962. The sales had dropped, and they needed something to boost it. At that time, sexy girlie calendars were very popular among car manufacturers and mechanics. So Pirelli decided to create a calendar with semi-undressed women, but to raise it on a higher level. They hired fashion models and famous photographers – and the rest is history. For years, the calendar has been almost synonymous with soft porn. But they chose a different approach for 2016 and 2017 calendars. Instead of objectifying women, they empowered them.
Working with minimal equipment can be a fun challenge. If you’re just starting out and have only limited gear, it can be your only choice. But what can you do to help make that one light produce more interesting results? Well, with the help of some flags and reflectors, you can do quite a bit.
This video from Morgan Cooper of Cooper Films shows us how it’s all set up and what task each component achieves. He is demonstrating the setup in relation to film, and he is using a rather expensive Arri SkyPanel LED light. But, the techniques can be used with much less expensive lights, such as the Aputure Amaran AL-HR672W. You can also apply the same principles to stills photography using a speedlight in a small softbox.
Forged from rock and steel in the welsh valleys, photographer Ian Munro brings to photography a determination and dedication to keep inspiring viewers with his conceptual storytelling .
His images blur the lines of surrealism and humour. Frozen in time, with shades of Georges Méliès, and mad genius, he creates large sets, sometimes building them from scratch for his models to act in.
Many a time, disabled people are perceived as a minority (which they are) and in that group, there are women, which are perceived as a minority of their own. But the Raw Beauty Project (previously) is really showing the power of photography to empower those who would otherwise considered a minority within a minority.
The project says that it “celebrates women with disabilities, educating viewers to redefine perceptions and beauty, unleashing potential for all“, and I have to agree.