Collaborating with Dancers in the Studio as a Photographer

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All images by Deborah Ory and Ken Browar. Used with permission. Lead image: Tiler Peck, Principal, New York City Ballet

Photographers Deborah Ory and Ken Browar are a husband and wife duo. Their subjects: dancers. Based here in NYC, Deborah and Ken has been shooting for the past few years from companies including American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, Alvin Ailey, New York City Ballet and others. Later this year, a book of theirs called “The Art of Movement” will be published for all to call their own personal coffee table book.

But what’s most interesting about these two is how they work with dancers, their insistence on working in the studio, their use of colors, and how they go about creating the images that they do. And according to Deborah “We collaborate closely with the dancer, but also direct the shoot.”

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Sophia Hernandez: Creative Photography as a Coping Method

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All images by Sophia Hernandez. Used with permission.

“Me as a photographer: all over the place.” says Sophia Hernandez. “I’m still finding myself, but I’m enjoying the interesting ride. I get really down if I go even two days without taking a photo, so I embrace photography as best I can by exploring as much as I can.”

Sophia has been shooting since she was five years ago and embraced little plastic, disposable cameras for years until she was 17 and got a real one. It was always for fun though–and even into today it still is to some degree. Because she’s been shooting for this long, she’s been able to build up quite a bit of creativity in her palette.

When Sophia pitched herself and her work, we were very drawn to her use of creative coloring and objects in scenes that she created herself. She plans on keeping it going for a while–and it all started as a coping method.

 

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Review: Laowa 15mm f4 Wide Angle Macro Lens (Sony E)

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Wide angle lenses are some of the weirdest but most fun focal lengths out there, and the Laowa 15mm f4 Wide Angle Macro Lens is no exception. They’re often weird because we’re not at all used to focusing or seeing in the way that they present, but that also results in a lot of fun for us as photographers. Landscape, architectural, Real Estate and Cityscape shooters will really love what the Laowa 15mm f4 Macro lens is capable of doing–especially with its perspective control abilities and its fantastic color with Sony cameras.

Starting out at f4 and ending at f32, this lens has an insane 14 aperture blades and is highly capable for the money. In fact, if you’re a photographer that needs a wide angle lens, then it’s incredibly hard to beat this one.

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How to Turn a Boring Scene into a Full Street Photography Session

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This is a syndicated blog post from Zlatko Vickovic. The content and the images here are being used with permission.

Nothing. Boring scene. I was sitting on top of some stairs, enjoying my cigarette as usual, and searching the area with my eyes for something interesting to come up. My camera was sleeping next to me. I’m sure you all have these moments. You steal some time from your routine life and go out shooting, full of enthusiasm. Suddenly, you realise nothing is happening, nothing interesting at all.

And it seems that harder you want something to happen, less are the chances. Old masters of photography use to say: “… Just sit and wait and look around… something will happen.”And it happened. Two girls came up and started to take some pics of each other, with their shiny smartphones, of course. Blah… boring. After observing them for a few minutes, I couldn’t resist myself.

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How Crappy Weather Can Make For the Best Photography

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If you’re a photographer that has ever shot during the Blue Hour, then you’ll understand how the lack of sun but still having little light can really help you to create potentially beautiful photos. There are loads of photographers who purposely don’t shoot during sunny days or the Golden Hour. Some photographers bill it as the softbox effect while others just like to go out and shoot. It works for photographers like Nathan Wirth and many more.

So if you’re feeling down about the weather, then here are reasons why it should motivate you to get out there and shoot.

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Portraiture, Skin Tones, and Clothing: Making the Editing Process Easier

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If you’re a portrait photographer and you’ve learned how to work with the color channels in Lightroom, then you’re probably aware of some of the potential problems that can occur when editing the channels and how they affect a scene. In some situations, editing skin can be simple enough. But unless you’re using a Color Checker of some sort then you know that it can become very complicated.

Before you go on, I strongly recommend not really taking this post in unless you’ve worked with the color channels and have advanced experience in portraiture. It will probably be very tough to process otherwise. Why? It’s cumulative. However, it’s only briefly touching on this as it can become very complicated.

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Editing Your Photos According to the Histogram

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When photographers generally shoot, they generally become satisfied simply by chimping the LCD screen of the camera and falling in love with the image they just created. But when you send it to the web, not everyone gets the same viewing experience that you have. Monitor calibration aside, there are ways that you can ensure that your images have a more uniform performance across the board–and that’s by working with Histograms.

How, you ask? Well, it’s about making readings and combining those interpretations with your own best judgement.

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Callie Eh: Candid Images of Everyday Folks

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All images by Callie Eh. Used with permission.

“In most cases an honest smile does wonders.” says Callie Eh about photographing strangers. Callie hails from Malaysia but currently lives in Europe. She’s a troubadour at heart: she loves travelling, learning, experimenting with new cultures, and documenting it all along the way. “To me photograph are priceless, because they freeze the moment in time for you to cherish Forever.” she stated in her email to the Phoblographer.

But beyond Callie’s ability to capture photos of people candidly and disarm any sort of hostility, she’s also got a great eye for composition.

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