Creating the Photograph: Chris Gampat’s “The Underground Club”

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.

I’ve done a number of posts for our Creating the Photograph series partially because they help me to show off a different way or thinking about a problem that needs to be solved on a set. So recently when working with the Fujifilm GFX 50s on a shoot, I tried to find a way to deliver that “club” type of look that’s becoming so popular again in photography. I’ve written about it before, but not a whole lot and not in terms of practical application.

So here’s my story.

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Creating the Photograph: Chris Gampat’s “Everyone Loves Pizza”

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.

My first personal project release in years was a very exciting moment for me. It took a year of planning, a couple of months of execution, lots of pizza boxes, and a ton of refining to ensure that it would garner enough internet hype. I’ve shared a number of my photos here on the Creating the Photograph series but one of the best photos of my recent series “The Secret Order of the Slice” is part of a philosophy that I’ve been trying to teach readers here for a while through the work of accomplished photographers: that genuinely creative ideas and good content are king. Further, that when you find a way to reach out to someone’s emotions through creativity, you tend to find a way to quickly appeal to them and to many others.

And I was right: Pop Photo, UFunk, SomeECards, ShutterBug, Creative Boom, Neatorama, So Bad So Good, and others picked it up. Some of them illegally; but that’s another story.

Here’s the story behind the series and this shot.

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Creating the Photograph: Chris Gampat’s “A Pinup in Brooklyn”

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Model: Natalie Margiotta

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.

For years now, I’ve loved doing pinup style beauty work. Blame my ex-girlfriend–it started when she brought me to a little hole in the wall in the East Village and we saw a Burlesque show together. It was cool, and better yet I amazingly knew many women who were into it and love dressing that way, too. It’s empowering–and good portraiture I’ve always felt makes someone look and feel great about themselves. That’s what I’ve been teaching on this site for years in our tutorials. So when I asked Natalie if I could photograph her for a couple of Zeiss lens reviews I was working on, she said yes.

And so I picked up my iPad, loaded up Pinterest, and started looking for inspiration and ideas.

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Creating the Photograph: Chris Gampat’s “The Windy Umbrella”

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Model: Bec Fordyce

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.

I LOVE umbrellas–they’re so incredibly versatile and can be used creatively in images with the right ideas. After reading the words of many great photographers, I’ve started to feel that it’s about time for me to step my own photography game up with new ideas and concepts. And so when I called model Bec Fordyce over to shoot image concepts involving umbrellas with a light hidden inside, she was excited about it.

So was I obviously–as the EIC of this site, I don’t get to shoot often for myself. Testing cameras and lenses involves finding a way to not be too creative but still achieving a lovely image at the same time. The site’s philosophy though is to embrace creativity and to not worry too much about what’s done in a lab. Real photographers afterall don’t shoot in a lab. They shoot in real life.

And that’s how the story of “the Windy Umbrella” began.

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Creating The Photograph: Chris Gampat’s, “The Darkest Ballerina”

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Editor’s Note: Creating the Photograph is a new series that we’re starting where we interview photographers all about the photo that they shot and talk to them about how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed onto you. Want to be featured? Email editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Much of the work that I feature on this site is my mediocre stuff simply because of the fact that I understand that not everyone wants to aspire to be a professional photographer or has ever been one. To that end, much of the images I shoot also have very little photoshopping or editing done to them. But at other times, I just want to create something. And I spent months developing the idea for the image you see above in my head.

This is the story of how I created that photo.

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The DJI FPV Makes Photography into a First Person Shooter

Using the DJI FPV was incredibly fun and just the spark that the industry needs.

The brand new DJI FPV gave me all the fun that playing with toys did as a child. But instead, it’s a serious device for creating. Drone photography is seriously one of the most fun and enjoyable things you can do. Like a few other types of photography, you can think of it as a toy shooting style. Unfortunately, lots of products don’t really have things like RAW capabilities. But some, like the DJI FPV have extra fun factors to them!

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Read These Great Photography Books and Increase Your Knowledge

Photography books are a great way to learn new skills and increase your knowledge of the art.

We’ve got a lot of time on our hands these days. Why not make the most of the downtime by learning new skills? How? With photography books! We’ve been looking for the best deals on photography books just for you. You can learn all about posing with Lindsay Adler for just $23.99. Nat Geo will teach you the basics of photography for $16.69. You can even learn all about street photography for just $27.99. If you’d like to learn more about the culture of photography, consider picking up Photography Changes Everything for $26.99. Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History. It’s only $34.95. Street Photography: A History in 100 Iconic Images is a steal at $34.95. There are photography books here for all tastes and all skill levels. Just for fun, we’ve found great deals on photography tees too! See all the sales after the break.

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5 Bargain Lenses For Beginner Landscape and Cityscape Photographers

New landscape and cityscape photographers who don’t want to break the bank should check out these value-priced lenses.

If you want to join the ranks of landscape and cityscape photographers affordably, this roundup is for you. Landscape and cityscape photography are genres that many new photographers jump into first. There are dozens of opportunities to create great images all around you. If you’re here, though, by now, you’ll understand the importance of ditching your kit lens. When it comes to gear, nothing will improve your work faster than a new lens. The good news is that there are tons of fantastic, weather-sealed lenses for these genres that won’t destroy your wallet. After the break, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite affordable weather-sealed lenses. These lenses will serve landscape and cityscape photographers well.

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Calling to Feature Photographers for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Asian American Month

For Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Asian American Month, we want to tell your stories!

Hi folks,

We took a very firm stand against racism last year by being forthright. In the past 11 years, we’ve worked to feature as many POCs as possible. That means folks who identify as African Americans, Black, Women, and Asian Americans. For Black History Month, we want to bring that even more to the front. We’ll be doing the same for Women’s History Month and Asian American Month. We’ve always believed that Black Lives Matter. If you follow us on Flipboard, you’ll see our storyboards on African Americans, and the two we did on POCs. We’re doing more than other publications, but we can always do more. So, we’re asking for your help.

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Learn About Photography Culture, Grow Skills With These Great Books

These outstanding books on photography culture and techniques will help you become a better version of yourself.

It’s not safe outside! So, there’s no better time than now to stay home with a great book on photography culture. You can even stay inside and learn new techniques and skills from a good book too. There are tons of great reads available, and lots are on sale. Learn how to capture great portraits of anyone with Lindsay Adler. Her book is just $23.99. Learn all about stunning digital photography for only $12.34. You can learn more about the history of street photography for $34.95. Through the African American Lens shows a pictorial story of life in America for African Americans. It’s only $12.89! You can also pickup The Art of Photography: A Personal Approach to Artistic Expression for just $28.99. There are books on photography culture and techniques for everyone here.

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Stay Inside With A Great Photography Book and Learn This Winter

It’s cold outside, and there’s a pandemic, so just stay inside with a good photography book and look cool in photography inspired tee.

With so much social distancing going on and being generally unsafe to be out and about, there’s no better time than now to stay home with a great photography book. You can use this time to learn a new skill. You can even learn more about other photographers. There are tons of great reads out there, and lots are on sale. Learn how to capture great portraits of anyone with Lindsay Adler. Her book is just $23.99. Learn all about stunning digital photography for only $12.34. You can learn more about the history of street photography for $34.95. Grab The Art of Photography: A Personal Approach to Artistic Expression. It’s just $28.99. We’ve also found deals on some hilarious photography tees that will bring a smile to your face. See all the deals after the break.

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5 Photography Accessories That Will Bring Your Images To Life

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These photography accessories will help you elevate your images to a whole new level of wow.

We talk about cameras and lenses a lot. Still, there’s so much more that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to creating great images. To get the most out of the RAW files that your camera produces, you need to have the right tools in your office or studio to make them come to life. If you really want to make your pictures stand out from the crowd, this roundup is for you. After the break, we’ll share five photography accessories with you that will help bring your creations to life.

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These Photography Books Will Help You Grow On The Cheap!

You’ll be able to learn new skills and dive into the minds of some of the greats with these fantastic photography books.

There’s nothing better than sitting down with a good book from time to time. That’s why we have decided to bring you some of the best deals on photography books out there. There are some stunning deals here. You can learn all about posing with Lindsay Adler for just $23.99. Nat Geo will teach you all about the basics of photography for only $16.69. You can even learn all about street photography for just $30. If you’d like to learn more about the culture of photography, consider picking up Photography Changes Everything for $27.99. Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History. It’s only $34.95. Street Photography: A History in 100 Iconic Images is a steal at $34.95. There are photography books here for all tastes and all skill levels.

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How the Olympus Pen F Stole This Photographer’s Heart

I had to catch my breath when I looked at the photos.

I remember when I was introduced to the Olympus Pen F before it was officially announced. The Olympus PR reps sold the black and white photo rendition to me very hard. So I shot RAW+JPEG with it just in case. But as the trip went on, all I cared about were the stunning black and white photos. As the Editor in Chief of a photography blog, it’s my job to test products how they’re meant to be used. Tech publications won’t usually do that. But this was the first time I saw even the editors of tech publications be surprised by the image quality. Paired with the beautiful Voigtlander 17mm f0.95 lens, it felt nearly impossible to take a bad photo with the Olympus Pen F.

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5DayDeal: The $89 Complete Photography Bundle Deal Ends Today

This is your last chance to snap up the incredible 5DayDeal Photography Bundle for just $89!

Today is the last day to save $2,695 on the 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle. This massive $89 bundle will allow you to learn from the best photographers on the planet. You’ll also be entered to win over $10,000 in prizes. Your purchase will also give 10% back to select 5DayDeal charities as well. This is a win, win, win situation of epic proportions. Learn, grow, profit, and give while you still can. This is one deal you do not want to miss out on. Join us after the break to find out how you can learn from Jole Grimes, Matt Granger, Nick Page, Nigel Danson, and many more.

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How Passionate Photographers Stay Sane During the Pandemic

It’s easy to see how difficult it’s been for many photographers.

Fact: tons of people are bored in the 2020 pandemic. Many took on a new hobby that they’ve meant to get into for a while. And amazingly, sales of photo equipment and services enjoyed a surprising increase. Photography is a great hobby. While stuck at home, lots of new, passionate photographers started cutting their teeth. The more experienced creatives embraced this new freedom and spread their wings. Some of us got new lenses. Others headed into the woods. But no matter what, most of us kept shooting. And here’s some of the gear that kept passionate photographers sane during the 2020 pandemic.

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The Truth About Constant Light vs Flash for Photographers

Which side are you on with Constant Light vs Flash?

If you are struggling to use more than just natural light, we’ve got just the thing. Many people these days reach for constant light. Tons of YouTube videos show you how to use it. But proper photography needs more than that. Does this mean you can’t shoot great photos with Constant light? You totally can! I don’t know about you, but I can’t name any lifelong photographers who’ve only used constant lighting. I’ve even seen the great Peter Hurley use strobes. But I can name a ton who’ve used flash! And in this cheat sheet, we’ll break constant light vs flash down further for you.

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My Favorite Sony Prime Lenses: Editor in Chief Chris Gampat

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If you want an honest and heartfelt answer to what my favorite lenses are, please know these are my favorite Sony prime lenses.

I’ll always say Sony’s cameras feel more like computers stuffed into a body that’s supposed to be a camera. While I’m not the biggest fan of their bodies, I’ll admit I adore their lenses. The company shows they have an investment in the photography world in many ways. Not only do they make the imaging sensors for pretty much everyone, but they also create some great technology themselves. Implementing AI into their cameras and creating some of the best autofocus around, they have changed quite a bit from a decade ago. Further, they’ve built up a fantastic selection of lenses. And though I’ve tested a whole lot of them, they’re not all my favorites. The ones that are the gems in my eyes tend to really take advantage of what mirrorless cameras are about.

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The Winner (And Runners Up) of the Great Outdoors Photography Contest

Today, we’re announcing the winner and the runners up for our Great Outdoors Photography Contest.

We are done withour amazing Great Outdoors Photography Contest with Olympus, and this has been an awesome contest for me to judge. One winner is getting an OMD EM5 Mk III and a 12-45mm f4 PRO lens. This contest was not easy to judge at first, but then the Editor in Chief inside of me really took over. With nearly 1,000 entries from talented photographers across the globe, you all took a low-risk gamble to win a big prize. And for those of you who are new to the site, I welcome you. I hope that you’ll stick around for the future.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Make a Nose Look Flattering in Portraits

This photography cheat sheet will teach you about the nose – a pretty sensitive subject for portraits.

A friend of mine used to joke with me that her mother called her nose, “The map of Israel.” Joking or not, it’s a real concern of many portrait subjects. So finding a way to make noses look better means posing, lighting, and working with subjects correctly. If you’ve ever been in front of the lens, you know that nothing is more disheartening than the photos coming out not looking great. Of course, to each their own, but if you don’t feel great about your own portrait, then it can really hurt you. In today’s photography cheat sheet, we’re revisiting something that lots of you probably forgot about, some of you never learned, and that everyone will benefit from.

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How to Shoot Street Photography at Night and Be Creative

Just because the sun goes down and the sky turns dark, it doesn’t mean you can’t go out and shoot street photography.

Shooting street photography at night is great fun. Sadly, many shooters (especially newbies) are put off by the fact that they won’t have natural light to illuminate their scenes. Although shooting conditions are different at night, you can still create quality street photographs. Actually, shooting in the dark of the night encourages you to be more creative. As a result, you can get more compelling images. Of course, there are some techniques and approaches to be familiar with to execute street photography at night well. In this piece, we’re going to go over them, getting you ready to shoot when the sun goes down.

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