Autumn for the Elephants: Combining Fashion and Conservation


All images by Jvdas Berra. Used with permission.

Think about one of the coolest things in the world to–and how you’d feel if you got to photograph it. That’s pretty much what Jvdas Berra had the opportunity to do when he did a fashion shoot with elephants and models. This project is called Autumn for the Elephants, and tries to find a way to combine the raw power of nature with the refined beauty of fashion.

We’ve featured Jvdas on the site before, he’s a fashion photographer that combines aspects of fine art into his work and as you’ll see, also deeply cares about the environment.

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How to Figure Out What To Charge For Your Portrait Photography

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One of the biggest mysteries that any photographer that wants to go pro and semi-pro is what to charge for their portraiture services. It’s pretty tough and a lot of it is usually figured out by the company we keep. Many photographers will sit around asking their friends, parents, peers, colleagues, etc what to charge. But that’s one of the worst things to do because you’re probably not going to be targeting or trying to get money out of these people!

Instead, you’ll need to target a completely different demographic of folks. This isn’t an end all solution post, but it will surely help.

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Ebru Yildiz: The Psychology of Creating Portraits of Musicians

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All images by Ebru Yildiz. Used with permission.

Editor’s note: in a previous version of this article, we referred to Ebru incorrectly as a man. Ebru is indeed a woman, and we apologize for this mistake.

“Some people feel inspired by pretty looking people, and I get inspired by people who makes me feel things with the music they created.” says Photographer Ebru Yildiz. Ebru is an New York based music and portrait photographer whose clients include The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR and Pitchfork. He’s been doing this for quite a while and is one of the many photographers shooting musicians quite literally living the dream.

Very soon she is releasing her first self published photography book “We’ve Come So Far – The Last Days of Death By Audio” coming out on August 19th. We had the chance to talk to her about portraits of musicians and how she goes about creating them.

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Creating the Photograph: Ken Kiefer’s “Affaire de Coeur”


Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

When it comes to underwater portraiture, one of the best photographers out there has to be Ken Kiefer. Ken has loads of experience and like many of us, he also still has a big fascination with comic books and heroes. So the story of how he created the image for today’s Creating the Photograph post surely comes from comics. When seeing an Iron Man costume, he wanted to photograph it underwater–but it wasn’t possible. However, two other costumes were.

Here’s Ken’s story!

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How to Shoot Better Portraits for Social Media

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Dating websites and social media sites (more importantly) are places where people will want to look their best. Sometimes it helps to have a professional headshot of you for social media, but those headshots should really tell a little bit about the story of who you are. Environmental portraits do a great job of this, but so do portraits that include extra elements that can keep your subject’s mind busy but still showcase who they are.

For that, you just need to do some listening and envisioning.

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Five Modern Portrait Photographers With Beautiful Film Photography (NSFW)

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All images used with permission of the photographers. Lead image by Paul Van Bueren.

Actress Keira Knightly said something very profound about film photographers once:

“I’ve noticed that the people who started on film still have the ability to see the person in front of them. Whereas for a lot of photographers who have only ever worked in digital, the relationship between the photographer and the person who they’re taking a picture of sort of doesn’t exist anymore. They’re looking at a computer screen as opposed to the person.”

Portraiture is something indeed that is very personal to many of us. But so is film. We’ve went through our archives to round up a number of film photographers shooting portraits that you’ll be inspired by.

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Cheap Photo: Improve Your Mobile Game With These Affordable Accessories

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Obviously we don’t recommend shooting your professional shoots with your phone, but there is no denying that at times, just using your phone for a shot is faster, easier and just better than lugging around a full camera setup. Keeping up on social media is a big part ot marketing your photography and being able to be creative with your phone images is key, so here are some great phone accessory deals to take your phoneographgy to another level.

  • Mpow MLens V1 Professional Clip-on Lens Kit – Save 17% – Deal
  • TECHO Universal Camera Lens Kit – Save 43% – Deal
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