Benoit Paillé Transforms Landscapes into Visual Poetry with Light

All images by Benoit Paillé. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Landscape photography is usually about capturing the beauty of nature and the vastness of the world around us. Still, there are some approaches to this genre that challenge how we perceive our relationship and interaction with these natural spaces. Montreal-based fine art photographer Benoit Paillé, for example, had a bright idea to investigate the conventions of landscapes by introducing a light installation into the spaces he photographed.

The idea for the project, which Benoit titled Alternatives Landscapes, all began in 2011 with a simple concept of “hanging out decorations in weird places.” First, he used 100 Christmas lights over a one meter square, then switched it with a light plastic square that held 300 LED lights linked to a dimmer. He tied the installation to trees using fishing lines, creating the illusion of a floating light source.

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Bruce Gilden Explains What Makes a Great Street Photograph

Screenshot taken from the video

Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden himself spent decades perfecting his signature style of filling the frame with candid close-up portraits, making him one of the revered – and often imitated – street photographers in that arena. With street photography being one of the most popular categories today, it’s one of those genres many photographers take a stab at, albeit mostly blindly. To make things extra challenging, there are really no hard and fast rules you can follow to guarantee a compelling street snap; all those guides and photo books can give you is something you can start with. What you can do, however, is diligently and persistently practice until you get your own style, voice, and storytelling technique.

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Felix Hernandez’s Ode to Back to the Future Will Give You Serious Nostalgia

All images by Felix Hernandez. Used with Creative Commons Permission

We’ve featured Felix Hernandez here a number of times for his awesome photo projects, and this time around he’s giving us an ode to Back to the Future. Felix has been creating small scale model photography for a while now as his own personal tribute to a lot of different movies and cool parts of popular geek culture. A lot of it has to do with cars while other parts have more to do with Star Wars or other movies. But for Back to the Future, he needed to capture all the neons, fire and the overall spirit of the incredibly popular 80s movie.

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A Walkthrough of a Typical Phoblographer Product Shoot

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer 4V Design strap review (10 of 10)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

A while back, I wrote a piece about how the Phoblographer’s staff shoots product photos, the mentality and the guidelines. The product photography was more of a general idea; and it’s evolved since then. This time around and due to popular requests on Twitter, I’m walking you through a full product photography shoot. Earlier in the morning, I went about photographing images for a review I’m completing of 4V Design ALA Leather Strap strap.

Now before I go on, I’m going to preface this with one big statement that I will talk about and hit home on many times throughout the review.

My product photos are less about the gear and more about the concept, composition, and colors. Again, VERY LITTLE OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE GEAR. In all honesty, I could do this with pretty much any camera, lens or light but I’d need to modify my workflow accordingly depending on the variables involved.

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Nikki Gardner on Lifestyle Food Photography


All images by Nikki Gardner. Used with permission.

“Food factors into all of our lives,” said photographer Nikki Gardner about how she got into food photography. Based in Western Massachusetts, she is a fine art and lifestyle photographer and the creator of Develop Your Photo Habit & Style, an e-course for photo lovers. Nikki is a lover of film and digital–and uses Nikon and Hasselblad cameras to get her jobs done.

When pitching her work to us, she went on about her love and passion for food photography while we fell in love with lots of her simple concepts and designs.

Our interview with Nikki is after the jump. But also be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Greetings From Mars: A Photo Story of Loneliness


All images by Julien Mauve. Used with permission.

Update: Julien won a Sony World Photo 2016 award for this project!

Julien Mauve is an author and photographer based in Paris–and his niche is all about creating staged, cinematographic and narrative photography series dealing with human interactions and conditions. No more is that present than in his project “Greeting from Mars.” In this project, Julien demonstrates loneliness and tries to explain his take on our society’s fixation of constantly defining ourselves through the images.

“Loneliness, nostalgia and new technologies are recurring themes in my different projects.” he tells us about his work. Julien has received lots of awards such as being shortlisted for the OSKAR BARNACK AWARD and exhibited in the Somerset House during the Sony World Photography Awards 2015 in London. He’s also been a Sony Global Imaging Ambassador since 2013.

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Creating the Photograph: Clement Morin’s “Light Spirits”

Light Spirits

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 Clement Morin is based Stockholm, Sweden and has been since 2011. He shoots editorial and commercial assignments but dedicates most of his time working as the photo editor for the Swedish photojournalist agency Kontinent. “I enjoy very much experimenting on my free time and since I discovered light paintings I got interested in creating original pictures in-camera–trying to do as much as possible in production stage rather than on the computer.”

His goal in the next winter is to develop this into a series with different scenarios that he wrote together with a friend who is helping him on this project.

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Creating the Photograph: Tracie Maglosky’s “Mother Nature”

Mother Nature

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.

Tracie Maglosky is the first female Olympus Trailblazer; but beyond working with the company she is also a wedding and portrait photographer that hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. And for anyone that believes that only DSLRs can create great images that will please your clients at a wedding, Ms. Maglosky will surely prove you wrong. Tracie does what many true professional photographers do: work with ideas and creativity to give their clients the beautiful images that make their jaws drop. And that’s partially the concept behind the image above that was done for a maternity shoot.

Here’s Tracie’s story.

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Panasonic Design Concepts Hint at More of the Same for GF Series

Panasonic compact MFT camera design concept via Egami

In this day and age of strong competition, what sets manufacturers apart is innovation. Sony is currently being the forerunner when it comes to developing new concepts, but Panasonic recently did a great job when they introduced the über-compact GM1 Micro Four Thirds camera. It’s cameras like this that win the hearts of consumers: small, light, great design, great image quality, easy to use, and above all social media connectivity. It seems, however, as though some companies still believe they have to fill each and every possible niche with a product category of its own.

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This Beautiful Fantasy Photo Took Lots of Photoshop Work and Concepting

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Photographer Erik Johansson posted a tutorial video earlier this year detailing all of the steps that went into the creation of his image called Drifting Away. The video details everything that lots of conceptual and fantasy photographers go through such as story boarding, planning etc. It shows Erik doing things like shooting the actual bottle, the landscapes and then the creation of the real image. While some may say that the photo involves too much photoshopping (and therefore may not make it a photo anymore) we believe it can still surely be called a photo. Lots of photos have photoshopping done without us knowing.

The tutorial video is after the jump. Erik has also done a TED talk if you have some extra time to kill.

Via R/Photography

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

Wondering girl - after - Claude Lee Sadik

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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An Introduction to The Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is a fundamental concept of photography that deals with the composition of your image based upon an imaginary or superimposed grid. We talk about it often here on the site, but you may not even know what it really is or how to use it. Here’s your field guide.

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