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

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Editor’s Note: Creating the Photograph is a series that we’re starting where we interview photographers all about how they created an image. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

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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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

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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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 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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Photo by Stratos Agianoglou, All images used with permission

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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Creating the Photograph: Claude Sadik’s, “Wondering Girl”

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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 met Claude Sadik at our reader’s meetup not long ago, and were blown away at the quality of his work. Claude is one of those photographers that I personally believe is a hidden gem. His fantasy concepts and his overall vision is positively stunning. Upon seeing our first iteration of Creating the Photograph, we asked him to volunteer to teach you all a little bit about a photo that he shot. Now despite the fact that the image above may look very simple, it’s actually quite complex–and mixed lighting is only the tip of the iceberg.

And that’s part of Claude’s arsenal–creating simplistic looking work that’s actually quite clever and complex. Here’s how he did it all in how own words.

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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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