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All images by Jason Arber. Used with permission.

Photographer Jason Arber spent a number of years as a print designer mostly creating record sleeves, including a limited edition boxset of Oasis singles in the shape of a cigarette box (and an even rarer version in the shape of a Vox amplifier), and a limited edition metal box version of Janet Jackson’s Design of a Decade. As the internet era arrived, he migrated into web design, creating sites for the BBC and MTV, and co-founding the hugely popular online design and culture magazine, Pixelsurgeon, with my illustrator and photographer buddy Richie May, who is a frequent collaborator to this day.

He now heads up Phantom Limb–specialising in moving image and photography. He is now represented in the UK as a photographer by Werewolf.

During our recent call for strobist style portraits, Jason reached out to us showcasing a specific project for a fashion label called Persons Unknown. But we also discovered lots more of his excellent and unorthodox portraiture.

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Photographer Jeremy Cowart has started a brand new initiative, it’s called See University and it’s all about premium photography tutorials. Jeremy needs no introduction after Help Portrait and his celebrity/commercial photography. He’s undoubtedly one of the best in our day and age.

Since it is a training platform, there are fees just like any other university with the different plans offering loads of incentives. We had a bit of a preview before the launch, and it all looks like incredibly solid stuff with new tutorials being worked on constantly.

With Jeremy’s permission, we have the opportunity to present one of the videos to you guys absolutely free. After the jump, Jeremy spends a little under a half hour talking about natural light portrait/fashion photography and you get to go behind the scenes.

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Years ago when I was still finding my way with shooting portraits, I loved working with ring flashes. They delivered lots of punch, gave off a beautiful catch light in the eyes, and it would later on become part of a look that was highly valued by the fashion world. Fast forward, and ring flashes are still popular–and the Terry Richardson look still hasn’t gone away. That doesn’t mean that ring flashes can only do that type of work, in fact they can do quite a bit more.

Recently, Godox came out with the Witstro AR400 ring flash–a compact solution and alternative to many of the more expensive offerings out there. While it’s very capable, it has a few drawbacks.

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All images by Angie Candella. Used with permission

Angie Candella is a wedding photographer based in Pittsburgh and who has gained lots of recognition for her work. She’s been shooting professionally since 2008 and bring a unique and modern touch to her weddings. The trend in wedding photography for the past couple of years has moved away from the super traditional and more towards the alternative and nouveau. What Angie has that helps her so much with this is her background in fashion photography. “I go through every photo and make sure that the bride looks flawless, and that the photos look like it came out of a magazine.” says Angie.

We talked to Angie about the specifics of posing a bride–and given her fashion background, Angie has quite a different approach to it.

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Photographer Matthew Jordan Smith is a Sony Artisan and has long been known as a top fashion photographer. A while back, he shared an amazing story with Profoto about how he photographed Tyra Banks using one of the most popular accessories for fashion: the ring flash.

Ring flashes come in two different varieties. The first is an actual flash tube that goes around the lens and that can output loads and loads of power. But photographers searching for something a bit more affordable to mere mortals often reach: and so flash modifiers were designed to work with hot shoe flashes. These modifiers go around the lens and work in a similar fashion, but instead take the existing flash output and bounce it around in a ring shape. Usually, there is one top of light loss associated with it so you always need to compensate by adding in an extra stop or a stop and a half of light output..

In the video, Mr. Smith talks a lot about how the image of Tyra was shot not just by putting her on a black background and shooting to his heart’s content. Instead, he goes into details like using flags to block out other light, specific positioning of Tyra, and giving her breaks because of what a ring flash can do to the eyes.

Profoto’s video on how to use a ring flash is after the jump. Want some recommendations of your own? We really like the Roundflash version II. In fact, we still use it on shoots when we’re testing lenses.

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All images by Sander Martijn. Used with permission. 

Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Sander Martijn is a fashion photographer based in NYC, and also a former Phoblographer staffer. Sander’s style of lighting is extremely by the book but when combined with his creative vision works out quite well for the images that he produces. Late last year, he photographed something that many photographer find incredibly difficult: jewelry. Additionally, the jewelry was photographed on a model.

Here’s how he got the photo that worked perfectly for the magazine he shot it for.

This post is a modified posting originally found here.

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