Marco Varoli Explores The Symbiosis Between Food And Chef’s Identity


All images by Marco Varoli. Used under a Creative Commons Licence. 

Italian photographer Marco Varoli demonstrated how the food a chef creates can reflect their identity in his project called Idfood – The Food Pictures The Cook. In this project, Marco shows professionally taken food photographs alongside portraits of the Chefs who made the food.

Culinary is a form of art where the Chefs are the artists. Hence, the identity, unique characters, and individuality of the Chefs can often be reflected in their food crafts as well. It was no easy task shooting food alone since the photographs can only record sight, posing challenge to the photographer to convey other senses in the food experience such as smell, touch, and taste. Marco Varoli went one step further to connect the Chef and their creations, displaying the origin of the food and how the Chef’s unique personality, shown in carefully taken portrait photographs, affect the outcome of their food crafts.  Continue reading…

Elena Helfrecht’s Expressive Surreal Portraiture Speaks Volumes (NSFW)


All images by Elena Helfrecht. Used with permission.

“I think photography works so good as an outlet for me now that it has a big part in my victory against self harm and self destructional behavior.” says Elena Helfrecht, who describes herself as a 24 year old fine art photographer based in Berlin, Germany. “I have not hurt myself since many years now.” Her work was shown this year at the Berlin Unframed Festival, Turin The Others Art Fair, and Bruxelles Off Course Art Fair.

“With my photography I uncover the human psyche through the body.” she describes about her work. “I like to consider skin and bones to be books we can read in. Often I work with concepts to illustrate certain emotions and states of minds, my camera is therefore my instrument to tell stories that words cannot grasp.” In fact, Elena got started with self portraiture, and then went on to capture what she believes to be the human essence.

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The Noob Photographer’s Guide to Shooting Backlit Portraits With Natural Light

Model: Grace Morales

Lots of photographers that don’t like to or know how to work with a flash often go for natural light when it comes to portraiture. The most common method of shooting involves using an area with lots of shadows or overcast. But one of the coolest ways to create an image that you’re bound to become smitten by is backlighting your subject. Backlighting means placing the main light source (often then sun) behind your subject. The best of us like to put it behind their head to give off a nice glow to the subject, but there are a number of fantastic ways to use backlighting when shooting portraits.

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Xpert Advice: Creating Sharper Portraits in Camera


The secrets to getting sharper portraits in camera are a lot simpler to figure out than you’d honestly think. There are three key components: light, contrast, and stability.

To start, we always recommend stopping your lens down just a bit. With Fujifilm’s lenses and the X Trans Sensor’s 1.5x crop factor though, you generally don’t need to. Part of this is due to a slightly deeper depth of field vs medium format or full frame 35mm sensors. If you have a camera with the company’s 24MP sensor like the Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X Pro 2, then you’re guaranteed to get really sharp results to begin with. That’s easy, right?

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Charming Photo Series Showcases The Smiling Personas of the Elderly


Images by Ilya Nodia and Irina Muravyova. Used under a Creative Commons License. 

A smile is probably the most common trait to us humans, and it is a universal language that never gets old. Ilya Nodia was invited by the Senior Group to shoot a small photo project with them, capturing beautiful and very touching smiles of the elders.

This project takes Ilya to several nursing home visits, spending a few hours in each home shooting portraits of the elders in their cozy living space which was briefly turned into a mobile photography studio. The elders had so much fun putting on straw hats, powdering their cheeks, and looking their best for the photo shoot. Most importantly, Ilya managed to capture the great atmosphere created by the bright, dazzling smiles of his aged models that never grow old.  Continue reading…

Evelyn Bencicova Captures Her Subject’s True Selves In Truthness


All Images By Evelyn Bencicova. Used Under A Creative Commons License

There are many photographers who can take a technically perfect picture, with stellar lighting and optimal composition. But the mark of a true professional, of someone who has earned their stripes, is the ability to pull emotion from their subjects, the ability to have their subjects so comfortable that they open themselves up to the photographer, sharing their true selves. Continue reading…

How to Photograph Cosplayers at Comic Con

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer NYCC New York Comic Con 2013 exports (14 of 84)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 5.6

Photographing cosplayers at Comic Con and other conventions leans two different ways: capturing people on the floor and then trying to create images that stand out from all the rest. Most photographers that take pride in their portraits often try to do something that looks good off the main floor where everyone else is. The great thing about comic con is that pretty much everyone is alright with you taking their picture. It’s even better when you ask someone–let alone less creepy!

With NYCC going on at the time of publishing this piece, here are some tips.

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Xpert Advice: Less is More – Using Color Effectively in Portraits


If you look at the work of some of the master portrait photographers, you’ll notice that much of their work tries to keep the use of color very minimal. Why? Portraiture is a type of photography that involves putting an emphasis on a person or thing and when the colors in the scene are very complicated, the scene can be distracting to the viewer. In fact, specific films were developed to create better skin tones and colors for portraiture. Some of the best from Fujifilm were Astia and Fujifilm Pro400H.

So how do you make that happen in-camera?

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