Creating the Photograph: Alexia Sinclair’s “A Frozen Tale” Series

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Alexia Sinclair is a photographer and artist that hails from Australia. When we heard about her work on the Profoto blog, our jaws dropped. Alexia worked on a series called “A Frozen Tale” that took place in an old European Castle. The series turned into an extremely complicated production that involved quite literally chasing the sunlight from room to room on top of story boarding, makeup, and lots of post-production.

Here’s her story.

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Creating the Photograph: Jenna Martin’s “Purple Cabbage Dress”

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Jenna Martin is photographer that hails from Montana. She began shooting conceptual photography back in 2012 and has since built a portfolio of work that is conceived in her imagination and brought to life by props and her camera. This type of photography is usually amongst some of the most elaborate as it requires a creative and imaginative idea to begin with but also sometimes needs the perfect lighting and the perfect post-production. When we saw her photograph of a cabbage dress, we were extremely interested to see how it was done.

Be sure to also check out Jenna on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Here’s Jenna’s story.

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Creating the Photograph: John Thorpe’s “The Renaissance of Heather”

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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

When we found John Thorpe’s “The Renaissance of Heather” we were immediately smitten by it and the inspiration by where it came from. Thorpe started shooting in 2009 and got his start when his first images were published in a three page spread. In addition to his photo work, Jonathan is also part-owner of a “Skyhaq Agency” an advertising firm based out of Northern VA, where he has produced and shot several television commercials. In addition to commercials, Jonathan has also directed several music videos. He is currently represented by Wonderful Machine and in addition to Tamron, is also sponsored by Calumet photo and Holdfast Gear.

But the story behind this image is an even more fascinating one than John’s quick rise up.

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Creating the Photograph: Lindsay Adler’s “Golden Goddess”

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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 Lindsay Adler needs no introduction–she’s an in demand fashion photographer, a social media maven, and an instructor. Based in NYC, Lindsay Adler travels a lot for her job and will be at WPPI 2014 giving classes about her craft and teaching folks tricks and tips on how to improve their workflow. But as a bit of a teaser, we talked to her about how she created one of her favorite photos: the Golden Goddess.

Here’s her story. But also be sure to check out her class on How to Flatter Anyone, No Really Anyone and other seminars.

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Creating the Photograph: Adam Baron’s “Tico’s New ‘Do”

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When Adam Baron showed us the photo above that he had been working on, we were immediately intrigued. Adam is a featured artist in the book “Adobe Master Class: Photoshop Inspiring artwork and tutorials by established and emerging artists” Plus, his work has been featured in newspapers and magazines. So when he talked to us about the pure creativity behind this photo, we were eager to share it with you guys.

Here’s Adam’s story.

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Creating the Photograph: Nick Fancher’s “Black Light 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

Nick Fancher is a photographer that specializes in commercial, wedding and product photography. But when browsing through 500px, we found something of his that displays his more personal work. As artists, we often need to not just do the stuff that we do for pay, but we need to try to experiment and develop new ideas and skills. And when we read about how Nick achieved the photo above, we were quite interested.

Here’s Nick’s story.

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Creating the Photograph: Sarah Micaela Snape’s “Untitled Portrait”

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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

Sarah Micaela Snape is a photographer that hails from Boston, MA, and she does a ton of portraits. Her work is clean, fresh, and is one of the more interesting collections that you’d find right now in the contemporary space. But we were enthralled by a simple image. Upon finding this image by her on 500px, then looking at her Facebook and Twitter, we knew that Sarah had something to offer us for the Creating the Photograph series.

Though this portrait is very simple, many experienced strobists know that a lot of work can go into getting something like this.

And here’s her story.

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Creating the Photograph: Barthelemy Nadal’s “Elodie”

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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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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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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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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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All images by Matt Baker. Used with permission

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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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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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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