Creating the Photograph: Barthelemy Nadal’s “Elodie”

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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

Barthelemy Nadal’s photography appeared in our Flickr Group and upon really liking it, we asked him about this photo that he shot. We always find strobist photography to be inspiring not only to readers, but also to subjects to make themselves look better. Bart, believe it or not, has done a whole series of these and was kind enough to talk to us about how he did them.

Here’s his story.

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Creating the Photograph: Sandeep Murali’s “The Devil and the Succubus”

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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

Today, Sandeep Murali shares with us the details behind the making of his conceptual shot “The Devil and the Succubus.” As the title gives away, it depicts your’s truly with the Succubus–a female demon that seduces men in their dreams–engaged in a game of chess. The photograph took over six months in the making, from early conceptualization to the final edit in Photoshop CC. Here’s Sandeep’s story of how this photograph came to be.

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Creating the Photograph: Andy Campos’s “Los Muertos” Shoot

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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 Andy Campos has an interesting story behind this Los Muertos shoot involving not only one heck of an excellent photoshop job, but also great key light and back light placement. Andy shoots on the side as a semi-professional with a day job in the IT world. He cut his teeth as a photographer shooting film in the Navy and now works in the digital realm.

When a local salon asked him to shoot some images for advertising, he decided to go above and beyond.

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Creating the Photograph: Jaroslav’s, “Milky Pinups”

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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

Jaroslav is a Polish photographer that hails from London. He has a Fine Arts background with a degree is Architecture–which taught him how to solve lots of complex problems. That problem solving helped with the founding of this studio: AurumLight (WARNING NSFW LINK). The studio specializes in limited calendars, advertising, and conceptual photography; and they’ve had many campaigns in Europe and the US.

So when we found Jaroslav’s Milk PinUps, we were very intrigued as to how they were done. We talked to Jaroslav for this latest edition of Creating the Photograph.

And here’s his story.

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Creating the Photograph: Giovanni Gori’s, “The Legend of the Ghost in Love-Part Three”

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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

Giovanni Gori is an Italian professional photographer and post producer. His work is about people: portraiture, fashion, glamour, editorial, advertising and modeling test books for agencies. His pictures have been published in various books, magazines, traveling guides and photography blogs. We found this beautiful photo of his on 500px. What we didn’t know though was that this is actually part of a series, but this photo by itself is strong enough to stand on its own.

We talked to Giovanni about how he created it. Here’s his story.

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Creating the Photograph: Ashwin Arumugam’s “Pepsi Bottle”

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Editor’s Note: 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

Photographing bottles can be tough. Plus when you involve artificial lighting into the equation, it can create lots of reflections that can a total pain to deal with. But photographer Ashwin Arumugam seems to have nailed it quite effectively. In fact, Ashwin in only his first year of undergraduate studies at the University of New South Wales in the land down under where he is currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. His grandfather was a photographer for Nikon in the 80s, and his mom is an artist. “When I’m not studying engineering mechanics and thermodynamics I’m taking photos at some of the best nightclubs in Sydney. Coming back at 4am every weekend has taken its toll on my sleeping patterns, but nothing is better than being paid to party.” states Ashwin.

“I also do a lot of freelance work, and I’ve got a photo shoot scheduled in the next couple of weeks with a band that was on the X Factor Australia. I specialise in portraiture, and am currently expanding my editorial portfolio.”

Obviously Ashwin is quite talented. And so we talked to him about how he created the photograph above.

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Creating the Photograph: Ian Arneson’s “Black Heart Bride”

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Editor’s Note: 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

Ian Arneson is a photographer based in northern Virginia who has an eye for the fantastical. Skilled in the art of photo manipulation, Ian takes concepts that would normally live in the pages of a fantasy novel and gives them life in photographs. We came across his photograph “Black Heart Bride” and we had to know how he did it.

More than anything, learn how Ian totally tricked his own camera.

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Creating the Photograph: Hannes Friesenegger’s “Sophie in Vienna”

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Hannes Friesenegger is a 23-year-old Austrian photographer who finds the darker tone. He’s done work for a number of clients: Austria’s Next Top Model, Polo Couture, and Felix Haspel among them. Hannes’s vision and attention to detail culminates in beautiful photographs, and we were struck by the inherent beauty in “Sophie in Vienna” which we are featuring.

Here’s how he created it.


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Creating the Photograph: Benjamin Von Wong’s “Redemption”

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Benjamin Von Wong is a conceptual photographer hailing from Montreal, Canada, whose work is constantly pushing the boundaries of reality. In a recent shoot for a friend and body artist, Von Wong received a downpour of positive responses via Facebook and 500px. Only to be bested by a photo of a cute kitten. This set in motion the idea to visualize two completely separate concepts and see which gathered more of a public reaction. We are featuring the shot “Redemption”, but definitely check out Benjamin’s blog post to see the full story.

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Creating the Photograph: Matt Baker’s, “High School Graduation Cover–Stephanie”

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Matt Baker has been a photographer for many years and first got his start in photojournalism at a small newspaper when he was still a senior in high school. “I sat down in front of a Power Mac 7100 with Photoshop 3 (layers! woohoo!) and learned how to make compositions with images scanned from the paper’s Nikon F3HP camera. My first assignment was designing a cover for the 1997 high school graduation special edition.”

For this edition of Creating the Photograph, Matt tried to show us a brand new theme for his Senior Portrait photos–and this one in particular was quite a production.

So how did he do it?


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Creating the Photograph: Chris Martin’s Shoot for, “Grenade Face”

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Creating the Photograph is a series that we try to do weekly where we feature photos that took quite a bit of work and a creative eye to mold. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Chris Martin is a wedding, commercial and creative portraiture photographer hailing from Florida. Upon browsing his portfolio around a year ago, I immediately thought that it was quite killer and very inspirational. Then, Chris released film presets for Lightroom and Photoshop and recently updated them for Lightroom 5.

But besides Chris’s knowledge of lighting, one of the tools that makes him so noteworthy of a photographer is his creative vision and his concepts. The photo above was shot for the band, “Grenade Face.” Even crazier is that it was done with a kit lens.

And there’s quite the story behind it.

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Creating the Photograph: Thomas David’s “Dust and Fight”

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

Thomas David is the type of hobbyist that I’d surely call a prothusiast. His work bears all the markings of a true creative that could surely market themselves as a professional, but he pursues photography as his passion. Since picking up a camera in his young days, he has grown and evolved. When he switched from film to digital, he equipped himself with new techniques and worked on improving his work and finding ways to creatively express himself even better. Then he did a 365 project and created an even better body of work–much of it involving strobist type of setups.

Now a member of the Strobi Team in France, he almost is never seen without his camera. Thomas reached out to us about his image, “Dust and Fight.”

Here’s his story. And if you’re interested check out more in our Creating the Photograph series.

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Creating the Photograph: Joe Giacomet’s, “Ronald’s Dirty Secret”

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

Joe Giacomet was recently featured on this site for his Kickstarter for a one image project that he’s aiming to create called, “Cash for Gold.” After going through Joe’s portfolio, we were extremely impressed by his creativity, set design, and ability to really play with his imagination and bring it into the real world. The imagination translated over to his photographs, and one in particular really stood out at us. Growing up, I knew Ronald McDonald to be something that always reminded me to bug my parents that I wanted a Crispy Chicken Deluxe and that I also wanted some sort of happy meal toy. Like many things from my childhood though, they get tainted–and Giacomet imagined the most friendly clown in the world violating his own ethics.

Here’s his story. And if you’re interested check out more in our Creating the Photograph series.


 

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Creating the Photograph: Michiel Tersteege’s, “Strawberry Splash”

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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 chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Splash images are always fun to do and when combined with food, an already delectable morsel can become even more mouth watering. When we found the work of Michiel Tersteege, we were quite taken by how much his “Strawberry Splash” image reminded us of a cool bowl of cereal or strawberries and cream. Tersteege used some strobism to create the image above and also does a lot of it for much of his personal work. He has been an amateur photographer for about six years now and lives in The Netherlands with his wife and two children. Michiel is fixated on always getting the perfect shot that gives him satisfaction. He can spend hours a day to setup a nice lighting to create it–and that’s what he did for this one.

Here’s his story. And if you’re interested check out more in our Creating the Photograph series.

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Creating the Photograph: Aaron Nace of Phlearn’s, “Night Flight”

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Aaron Nace is one of the head honchos over at Phlearn: arguably one of the best photography learning website ever. Since seeing his video on how to do Terry Richardson’s lighting, I was hooked on the creative content they produce. It was by chance that I found his image, “Night Flight” on 500px. Knowing what the man is capable of, I was eager to know how he shot it.

Here’s his story. And if you’re interested check out more in our Creating the Photograph series.

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Creating the Photograph: Stéphane Pironon’s “Weightlessness”

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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 chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

We’re doing this series twice this week because we missed last week. Sorry folks! Anyway, there are some photos that are a heck of a lot more clever than we ever thought. Then when we find out how they were done, we say to ourselves, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Upon searching for the word, “Strobist” on 500px, I came across Stéphane Pironon’s “Weightlessness.” The image looked so simple but I couldn’t totally figure out how it was done. He did this photo when he was a member of the Strobi team, Stéphane is quite a photographer himself and has some excellent fashion work along with other photographs.

Here’s his story. And if you’re interested check out more in our Creating the Photograph series.


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Creating the Photograph: László Nagy’s “Nati”

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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 chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Some photos have such a beautiful and simple look to them, but most people have absolutely no idea how they were lit. Upon searching for, “Strobist” on 500PX, I came across the work of László Nagy. He curates loads of awesome photos on his Tumblr, and is also a hobbyist photographer–these two combine to give him quite the eye for details. The way he created the photo above is quite simple in one way but that also utilizes a trick that many of us sometimes forget.

Here’s his story. And if you’re interested check out more in our Creating the Photograph series.



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Creating the Photograph: Heidger Marx’s, “Machinery and Stars”

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I had the pleasure of meeting Heidger Marx on a photowalk with my former B&H Photo employees at night, and after seeing his work, I was amazed that a man so humble and soft-spoken has captured and created long exposure photos at some of the awesomest locations I’ve seen for something like this.Heidger is based in NYC and his passion is long exposures and night photography, but has also shot portraits. He currently leads workshops as well for people interested in learning more about the art. While going through his portfolio, we asked him about the photo above.

Here’s his story. And if you’re interested check out more in our Creating the Photograph series.

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Creating the Photograph: Simeon Quarrie’s “Until Your Love Frees Me”

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We found Simeon Quarrie via Profoto’s Twitter, and fell in love with some of his work. He primarily works in the wedding photography world, but his own vision and approach is closer to commercial and fashion photography. He is now becoming recognized more in the commercial world and the photo above really demonstrates his creative vision.

Here’s his story. And if you’re interested check out more in our Creating the Photograph series.

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Creating the Photograph: Stratos Agianoglou’s Noir Portrait

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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 chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Stratos Agianoglou is an award winning photographer and graphic designer who is the focus of this week’s Creating the Photograph. His work has been published in well respected Design and Photography magazines and portals from around the world such as Desktopography, Photography Week, Fotografos Magazine, Dasein, NewWebPick and more. His work has also been exhibited in Greece, London and New York. His work resembles that of Frank Doorhof but has a mystical feel to it–and with that in mind we asked him to talk to us about how he created the photo above.

Here’s his story. And if you’re interested check out more in our Creating the Photograph series.

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Creating The Photograph: Bill Wadman’s “Diner Scene”

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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 chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Bill Wadman is an NYC based photographer that has specialized in portraiture and editorial work for many years. His previous projects, 365 Portraits, won him much praise from many media outlets a couple of years back. He has also been a contributor to TIME, BusinessWeek, Improper Bostonian, POZ, Popular Photography, The New York Times, La Monde, Eloquence, Der Spiegel, Wharton Magazine, Times of London, USA Today, The University of Chicago Magazine, Fast Company, WIRED.com, and Corriere della Sera. Advertising clients include Gillette, The NY Lottery, UBS Bank, Practical Law Company, and (RED). But most recently, he’s also been one of the hosts of On Taking Pictures–one of the best photography podcasts we’ve seen as of late. We asked Bill to talk to us about this photo called, “Diner Scene.”

And here’s how he created it for our latest edition of Creating the Photograph.

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