Theik Smith: Dancer Portraits in Black and White (NSFW)


All images by Theik Smith. Used with permission.

“My lighting style is borne from a mish-mash of influences; movies, comic books, fashion – oh, goodness, I love, love, LOVE Horst P. Horst and Richard Avedon!” says photographer Theik Smith. Theik is based in Brooklyn and is a fight coordinator, writer and photographer. His work is quite interesting with its specific use of lights, darks, and some forms of contrast more or less. It’s almost as if he spotlights certain areas of his photos, reaches out to you, and beckons you to look in a specific spot.

That’s exactly what many artists do–except that Theik finds a way to also create interesting shapes and use figures in visually striking ways.

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Visto: A Nude Exploration of Shadows & Vitality (NSFW)


All Images By Lovis Ostenrik. Used Under a Creative Commons License

Lovis Ostrenik’s mother, like so many mothers out there, had a nickname for her son – Visto. Years later, when coming up for a name of his photo series – which he dedicated to his mother – he could think of no better name than that affectionate nickname she had called him all those years ago.

“My mum used to call me visto or sometimes even visto batisto. It was just her way of calling me, but some friends picked it up and started using it too. Calling this exhibition VISTO goes hand in hand with dedicating it to her.” He said of the project, which he developed to celebrate the beauty and vitality of the human body.

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These Portraits of One Handed Dambe Fight Club Fighters Are Unreal


All images by August Udoh. Used Under Creative Commons License

If you are looking for Brad Pitt or Edward Norton you have come to the wrong place, but stick around, because these portraits of Dambe Fight Club fighters are unreal.

Dambe fighting is a type of boxing that originated with the Hausa people of West Africa. It was traditionally fought between butchers, and is uniquely fought with just one hand. August Udoh is a photographer out of Lagos, Nigeria and his series Dambe features some incredible photojournalistic portraits of fighters in a local Dambe fight club.

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Lighting Basics: How to Light Portraits with an Umbrella

Pro Tip: Use an umbrella with a light hidden inside to create a really cool effect.

Model: Bec Fordyce

As my portraiture has evolved over the years, the mainstay of my kit remains to be large umbrellas. The light modifiers are incredibly adaptable, give off a beautiful look, and are very portable in addition to being useful for creative applications. Umbrellas are so versatile that they’re used be a variety of photographers: fashion, wedding, studio portrait, food, etc. After softboxes, they’re probably the ones with the most versatility and popularity overall.

Part of their popularity has to do with how they work and just how effective they can be at delivering a variety of looks.

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Claire Droppert’s Emotions Series is Straight Out of A Fantasy Novel


All Images By Claire Droppert. Used Under Creative Commons License

Traditionally when one thinks of Portraits almost always people are the subject, but today we have a special series to share with you. Claire Droppert’s Emotions series featuring horse portraits looks like something out of a fantasy novel.

“I’m always fascinated by the contours of horses, the emotions and expressions they exude and their elegant, noble appearance.” Droppert says regarding her inspiration, “In this series, I intend to focus primarily on the character, elegance, power and nobleness of the horse. Working with tones, colours and contrasts, I wanted to create a feeling that will appeal to your emotions.”

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Review: ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver Reflector

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Expoimaging Rogue FlashBender Extra Large Soft Silver product images (1 of 9)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

These days, I’m generally not the type of photographer that shoots with a flash in the hot shoe of a camera–and in some ways it seems like the ExpoImaging Rogue Flash Bender XL Pro in Soft Silver wasn’t really designed for this. Photographers have loved the Flash Benders for a very long time due to how they bend light. They’re a staple for wedding and event photographers, but when the Extra Large came, out, they started to break more into the off-camera flash realm.

After teaming up with Frank Doorhof for their creation, the soft silver is designed to work for portraiture. It’s got the best of both worlds: the softening of white reflectors, but the sharpness that only silver reflectors can provide.

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8 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Canon DSLRs

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Canon is the most popular camera system on the market, despite all the mirrorless buzz, and that means many of you are likely looking for some awesome portrait lens options for your Canon kit. Lucky for you, we have a great roundup of lenses on the docket today and all of them are great options for you Canon invested portrait photographers.

In this roundup we have 8 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Canon system. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Camera Lens Manufacturers Explain The Rise of Backlit Portraits

Model: Grace Morales

Years ago, every photographer used to say that you should never backlight a portrait subject due to the way that lenses render the scene. For a long time, it was very difficult to get any sort of detail on a subject when the sun was behind them. But then things started to change. Lens technology and glass coatings became better and better which delivered more contrast in a scene and brought out more details despite the subject being backlit.

To explore why and how this change happened, we talked to Zeiss, Sigma and Tamron about how it all came about.

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