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Chris Gampat Samantha Grossman's first shoot with me (13 of 15)ISO 32001-100 sec at f - 1.4

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When photographing women, working with the hair is always a big priority. That’s why many shoots often have a high price for hair and makeup artists. If the hair is in a specific style, then embrace what the makeup artist has done because they worked quite hard to get it to look that way. But when that hair is let down, it’s best to make it easier to work with. One method that we’ve found to work well and is fairly simple to do is parting the hair to one side based on how you’re composing the image, the lighting direction and the person’s facial features.

At the time of publishing this tip, this particular style is a trend. But parting the hair to one side makes it easier to control and work with so that you can focus on other things like the subject’s posture, how their nose will be seen in the image, and many other important details that you’ll need to pay attention to in order to deliver a better image.

Where (camera left or right) you put the hair is entirely a case by case basis but what we prefer to do is place it in the opposite direction of the key light in the image. For example, in the image above the light was camera right. Putting the hair to the left worked well because Samantha is leaning into the wall and it would have otherwise made the hair look puffy and maybe even cast shadows on her face. If that was my creative intention then it would have worked–but it clearly wasn’t.

Another big factor to consider is the person’s shoulder height. Everyone has a higher and lower shoulder because of the way that we wear our bags and sleep. Traditionally, the hair is placed on the lower shoulder–but again it also depends on the lighting direction.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials the Location Shooter (10 of 10)ISO 2001-80 sec

Are you excited? You’re about to make your first big photography purchase. When purchasing a new camera, lens, lights, or anything else photographically related you’ll most likely be spending quite a bit of money. Photography is an expensive hobby and an even more expensive profession, so you’re going to need to hunker down and do quite a bit of research. We’re not just talking about gear purchases–we also mean that you’ll need to do a lot of learning. But before you even get started in doing that, you’ll need to figure out the answer to a lot of questions.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon G1X review images (18 of 28)ISO 1001-8 sec at f - 2.0

The Golden Hour is one of the best times for you to go out and shoot photos. But this weekend, you only have a small window to time to go out there and do it. So make the most of it! Here are some projects to get you started! [click to continue…]

The Photographer_Joubert_Loots

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.

We found Joubert Loots via the recent EyeEm Awards. The image above featuring levitation was entered in as one of the finalists for the Illusionist category. Joubert’s EyeEm and Instagram accounts are filled with inspirational images–and not all of them are of the surreal/conceptual style that we see above. He is mostly a documentary street photographer but like most photographers, he tried his hand at other things in order to be experimental and grow.

Joubert’s image involves working in Lightroom and Photoshop–and it also involves using very rudimentary camera gear.

Here’s his story.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG 2 product photos (6 of 6)

The Pentax WGII was one of the products that we aimed to make look great when we started moving fully into a lifestyle product photography regimen. Considering that it is a weathersealed camera, putting it on a table after a rain shower made complete sense.

“You guys are fancy.” said Les Shu of Digital Trends to me one day during a Panasonic meeting. When I asked why, he told me that it was because of our product photography. Mario Aguilar from Gizmodo agreed with him as he passed the LX100 onto me to shoot during a press briefing.

One of the features of the Phoblographer that differentiates us from many other websites is also one of our biggest reasons why many folks keep coming back: our product photography. Every couple of months, it evolves to feature new textures, lighting styles, and of course–the products. Our product photos involve fairly simple lighting techniques combined with Post-Production techniques that help to make the products pop out more on the screen.

Due to popular request on Twitter, email, Facebook and Instagram, we’re teaching you about how we shoot.

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Cloud meringue tree

All images by Howard Shooter. Used with permission.

When it comes to food, everyone wants to think that just because they have a phone and filters that they can create amazing images. But photographer Howard Shooter will tell you that it’s all about having a creative vision. Howard has shot for BBC Good Food, KFC, Mars, Twinings, and Weight Watchers amongst many others in his decorated career as a successful food photographer. More importantly though, Howard knew what he wanted at a young age. At 12 years old, Howard made the decision to become a professional photographer–and it drove his education for years to come. But more importantly, Howard believes that good food photography should make you feel hungry. [click to continue…]