Creating the Photograph: Tim Conzachi’s “Ballet”

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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.

Photographer Tim Conzachi has quite a mesmerizing creative vision when it comes to his more conceptual work involving beauty, strobism, and creativity. While in the military, he got into photography–but after a medical injury he retired in 2010. So he went back to school–but nothing felt as fulfilling to him as photography did.

“I had this itch to create and while I was never a great physical artist (I can barely draw a stick figure), my mind was flowing with artistic ideas that I knew I could only create photographically.” Tim states.

So in 2015 he made photography his full time business. These days, he shoots weddings, families, portraits and events (with his camera of course!) But he’s also all about commercial and landscape work over in Reno, NV where he lives.

When he emailed the Phoblographer about being featured, his ballet image completely took my breath away.

Here’s his story.

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Creating the Photograph: Ronen Goldman’s “Master Magician”

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Ronen Goldman is a photographer that specializes in the surreal. We’ve interviewed Ronen before here on the site, and many of you genuinely loved his images and ideas. Based in Tel Aviv, the photographer works to create images with a dream-like vibe to them. It has resulted in a series that he’s been creating called “The Surrealistic Pillow Project.”

In fact, he’s been working on it for eight years. And here’s how he created one of his favorite images.

 

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Creating the Photograph: Ioana Porav’s “Soul and Beauty”

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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.

Photographer Ioana Porav was born in Romania and now lives in London with her husband. She started to get seriously into photography about a year ago and joined the droves of photographers switching from Canon over to Sony. Ioana learned how to shoot from her husband and by watching videos on YouTube. Her biggest influences: Jason Lanier, Sue Bryce, Emily Soto, etc. And so that explains her creative vision in her image “Soul and Beauty.”

Ioana was found in Jason Lanier’s Workshop University group, and isn’t very technical, but instead edges more towards capturing and emphasizing beauty while creating your own light.

And that’s pretty much what she did with this photo.

 

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Creating the Photograph: Aashith Shetty’s “Let It Snow”

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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.

Aashith Shetty is a fashion advertising photographer based out of India. Self taught for the first few years, he came upon David Hobby’s blog which changed the way he looked at light. “After which I assisted Martin Prihoda and Tarunn Solanki for a short while.” he tells the Phoblographer.

I found Aashith on Behance, and fell in love with the fact that his work is very much about embracing the idea of a fashion shoot as a full production. It takes creative ingenuity, and a lot of planning. So when he had to deliver a snow scene for a client, he got right to work.

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Creating the Photograph: Cory Parris’ “The Scientist”

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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.

Cory Parris is a wedding and portrait photographer in Seattle. “I love all the technical aspects and artistic challenges.” he tells us. “The think I love most about photography is telling stories.” Indeed, that’s what part of enviromental portraiture is about–which is what he aimed for with his image “The Scientist.”

“Whether it is a collection of hundreds of images or a single image, I think the image should portray some aspect of their personality, explain who the person is, or document a feeling at that moment.” says Cory. “I feel like I’ve done my job when I can look at an image and see how it illustrates the subject in some way.”

Here’s his story.

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Creating the Photograph: Aliaume Souchier’s “Behind the Smoke”

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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.

Photographer Aliaume Souchier is a 29 year old French photographer. “I started photography in the late 2000s, first as a hobby while I was studying the environment at the university. After my graduation and theses several years as a hobbyist, I decided to turn my passion into a job and had my first contracts.” he tells us. It’s been his full time job since 2013.

What Aliaume really understands is that you always need to do personal projects. That’s exactly what he did with this self portrait. What really makes it is the lighting and specific use of smoke to create the scene.

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Creating the Photograph: Steve Brown’s “Star Wars Last Supper”

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Photographer Steve Brown is a bit Star Wars fan, but he’s also always wanted to create some sort of ode to the famous painting “The Last Supper.” He’s always had a sense of creativity and his years of experience in the field have made him great at sketching, planning and retouching.

For his ode to the Last Supper, Steve needed to do lots of concepting, sketching, and getting all the elements he needed just right.

 

Here’s his story. But sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Behance.

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Creating the Photograph: Manu Cabañero’s “Splash Wars: Darth Vader” (Slightly NSFW)

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Earlier on, the Phoblographer featured the work of Manu Cabañero, who did the Splash Wars series of images. Manu drew his inspiration from the great Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz and his Milky Pinups series. The idea: to create clothing on models out of milk–but to make the milk hit in shapes that resemble a specific look. In this case, we’re talking about Star Wars.

Manu was kind enough to walk us through his creation of the image that resembles Darth Vader.

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Creating the Photograph: Brandon Cawood’s “Video Game Designer”

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Photographer Brandon Cawood is behind a series called “When I Grow Up” that showcases children in their future jobs by use of photography and green screen effects. Specifically, it features 5th graders. He found the class because his sister Malisa teaches them and there was a career week at the school where folks would come in and talk about their jobs.

In this specific image, Brandon photographed a student who wants to be a video game designer. His inspiration came from the movies.

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Creating the Photograph: Luke Ayers’s “Strobe Struck”

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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.

Photographer Luke Ayers has been shooting for 12 years, and 12 the age of 25, he is a full time pro photographer based in Sydney, Australia. He mostly specializes in high end product photography, but he also loves to shoot portraits with speedlights and strobe just for the fun of it. When he emailed the Phoblographer to show off some of his portrait and strobist work, he showed us an image from his first ever fashion shoot for a haute couture label.

What’s even cooler is that Luke never had any formal training.

Here’s Luke’s story. Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Creating the Photograph: Thiago Lopes Pereira’s “Lost Little Lamb”

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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.

Thiago Lopes Pereira is a Brazilian photographer who sometimes gets paid jobs, but most of the time does personal projects. By day, he’s an engineer in the aircraft industry. “I discovered photography at age 20 in second year of Engineering. Since that day, I studied a lot by myself, learning as much as I could about this recently discovered passion.” says Thiago.

When he discovered how to use a strobe flash off camera, he was mesmerized.

When we recently asked our readers to show us their strobist photography, Thiago answered the call.

So here’s his story.

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Creating the Photograph: Kevin Goss-Ross’s “Thinkhouse X: Bathtub Scene”

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Photographer Kevin Goss-Ross is a self-taught photographer working professionally for the past 7 years. Born in Pretoria, South Africa, and raised on the coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, he moved to Dublin in 2012. After studying graphic design at the Durban University of Technology and slogging it out in dirty alternative nightclubs and bars shooting music he sold his soul and started doing commercial and editorial work which, much to his dismay, he liked a lot.

And that’s how we’re brought to the Thinkhouse X series. The shoot was done for the agency Thinkhouse in Dublin and this image in particular was inspired by Hunter S. Thompson.

Here’s Ryan’s story.

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

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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: Jeff Rojas’s “Portrait of Lindsay Adler”

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Photographer Jeff Rojas is an American Photographer based in New York City. His primary body of work includes Portrait and Fashion Photography, but he’s directed misc. fashion films and commercials. Rojas also frequents as a photography instructor and has taught on various photographic platforms including: CreativeLIVE, WPPI, PhotoPlus Expo, Gulf Photo Plus and APA.

Recently on Facebook, he posted a special portrait series. His task was to photograph Lindsay Adler–the famous portrait photographer, fashion photographer and a veteran portrait instructor.

Just writing that made me feel the pressure, and we can only imagine the pressure that he was under.

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Creating the Photograph: Lindsey Thoeng’s “Fitness

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Photographer Lindsey Thoeng hails from Amsterdam, but these days she calls Brooklyn, New York her home. Since 2007, she has been combining graphic design work at the UN with the pursuit of the perfect portrait for fashion and lifestyle brands. In recent years, Lindsey has focused on shooting environmental portraits in the streets of New York. It’s earned her appearances such as in Times Square, New York Times, Mashable, Details Magazine, Time Out New York, Town & Country, Behance’s Photography Served and the social channels of Adidas, Uniqlo, United Nations, Levis, and 1Hotels.

But more recently, she wanted to work on a special fitness portrait shoot. “Portraits in the dramatic style that Norman Jean Roy or Annie Leibovitz are known for with their epic Vanity Fair shoots.” she says. “At the same time I wanted to take it in a more realistic direction, less glamorous…”

Here’s Lindsey’s story.

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Creating the Photograph: Dina Belenko’s “Balancing Donuts”

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Photographer Dina Belenko had this really cool conceptual idea involving donuts and lots of other breakfast fare. She hails from Khabarovsk, Russia, and is a photographer who specializes in conceptual ideas. This is apparent not only in her 500px profile previously linked, but also in her Behance profile. Dina tells us that she loves sweets, so she wanted to make something beautiful out of them. This one also satisfied her idea to get into working with unstable objects in an image.

See how Dina created the images in her own words after the jump.

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Creating the Photograph: Bill Wisser’s “Cheese Course Breakfast”

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When photographer Bill Wisser creates food photography that will not only make you hungry, but also make your jaw drop. What many don’t realize is that even though food photography is everywhere, very good food photography is a heck of a lot of work.

Bill Wisser is an advertising and editorial photographer based in Miami Beach, who in recent years has specialized in photographing food, chefs, restaurants and resorts. His work has gained him the recognition of Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne, General Foods, Bon Appetit, Miami New Times, the Fisher Island resort and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. In the last five years, he’s photographed more than 270 restaurants.

But his award-winning days started many years ago as a photojournalist up here in New York. He did investigative reporting and freelance photographing in Pakistan and India. Bill has kept up with the times and showcases lots of his work on Instagram and Twitter.

As we looked through his portfolio, he told us about the image called Cheese Course Breakfast and just how complicated the lighting was behind the photo.

Here’s Bill’s story.

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Creating the Photograph: Edward Boe’s “Fig Trio”

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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.

Photographer Edward Boe is a photographer and cinematographer based in Chicago, IL. When we recently put out a call to our readers about food photography, he answered us with some excellent images  that have really intriguing lighting. Ed specializes in macro and food photography and tries to present his clients with a new vision that is unique every time he works. He attributes this to his dual interesting in food and nature in that each allows him to cast light on something that is easily overlooked.

So when he pitched his idea of figs lit in a new and interesting way–we were quite interested to see how he gave them a bit of spotlight.

Here’s his story, but also be sure to check him out on Instagram and Flickr.

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Creating the Photograph: Danny Alexander’s “Week 27”

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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.

Photographer Danny Alexander is a photographer based in Louisville, Kentucky shooting primarily portraits but will never pass up the opportunity to capture something that catches his eye. He recently finished up a personal project shooting a portrait of a different subject every week for a year and greatly enjoys creating portraits that exhibit some unique or interesting aspect of the individual he’s working with.

“I tend to gravitate towards environmental portraiture for this reason,” he said.

So when pitching his portfolio to us, we took a look and saw that Danny indeed followed through on his idea for a special and totally new portrait each week. As you browse through, you can see his progression and changing ideas. So we asked him to talk to us a bit about one specific photo.

Here’s Danny’s story.

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Creating the Photograph: Rich Harley’s “The Interesting Box”

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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.

Photographer Rich Harley works for TriggerTrap, and his work is a demonstration that sometimes the simplest ideas can work effectively. He’s been a pro photographer for the last seven and a half years, and he specializes in aviation and commercial work with a bit of Sports and high-speed too. “I’ve been working at Triggertrap for just over a year, where I’m the Head of Product. I love trying to get an element of magic in my still life photos, and nothing helps more than being able to put lights in unusual places, and plenty of fishing line.” he tells us.

But most recently, he was tasked with the tough task of making a box look interesting. With what seems like a bit of inspiration from Pulp Fiction, Rich got to work.

Here’s his story.

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Creating the Photograph: Sean Tucker’s “Tudor-Style” Portraits

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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.

Photographer Sean Tucker is both a photographer and videographer hailing from the UK. He recently released a three part video series giving some useful tips and tricks to would-be product photographers. “I am actively building my portfolio in both stills and video to go after more people-centric work in the future because that is where my heart is. At present I am working on a portrait series, as well as finishing up editing on an episodic documentary series which I shot last year in New York, about a podcast duo reaching their 10 year mile stone.” Sean tells us.

He is also quite the lighting wizard and managed to make a single artificial light look completely natural.

But how did he do it?

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