Michael Winter Used His Great Skills for This Awesome Photo

Photographer Michael Winter has some serious talent that goes beyond what average strobist photographers do. He not only creates stunning photos, but he uses creative vision and skills to make them. What’s more, he does most of it in-camera. These are some of our favorite types of photographers: the ones who do about 95% of the work in-camera and little to nothing in post-production. In turn, their images are just so good that sometimes they don’t even need to be worked on afterward. So we asked him how he made this shot.

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How Tarryn Goldman Used a Fish Tank to Make Beautiful Photos

Fact: art inspires art. It’s true! When we featured photographer Tarryn Goldman a while back, you folks adored her work. And today, she’s back with something else. She’s done a series called “Submerged” where she drew inspiration from things that are, well, submerged! Playing with water in photos is always fun. But when you add things like ink, creative freedom, and light to them, they become something different. We asked Tarryn to be part of our Creating the Photograph series to show you how she did it!

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Photographer Meg Loeks Creates a Nostalgic Feel in Her Photos

All images by Meg Loeks. Used with permission.

Photographer Meg Loeks hails from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She draws inspiration from the Dutch Master of light and color. This translates into her family portrait and lifestyle work. And naturally, it’s all about nostalgia. She teaches a lot of online workshops throughout the year. Meg is a mentor for Clickin Moms. Just when you think that’s enough, she is also a volunteer photographer for The Gold Hope Project, a nonprofit organization that gifts families battling pediatric cancer a free photo session.

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How Audrey Woulard Captured the Girl in the Woods in Urban Chicago

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers share how they created an image with lighting and minimal use of post-production. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching how to light. Want to be featured? Here’s how to submit.

Photographing on location can present unique challenges for photographers just starting out. But, for world-renowned photographer and Nikon Ambassador Audrey Woulard, it’s just another day at the office. Perhaps best known for her portraits of young people, Audrey’s love for the art of photography began with the birth of her children. This led to her leaving the corporate world and embarking on a career in portrait photography. In addition to her portraiture, Audrey also teaches photographic techniques around the world via in-person workshops and her online educational platform. We spoke with Audrey about her workflow and how she created her Girl in the Woods portrait of one of her clients.

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Tony Gale Finds Creative Outlet With Social Distancing Self Portraits

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach how they created an image with their lighting and minimal use of post-production. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching how to light. Want to be featured? Here’s how you can submit.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has been a huge blow to the photography industry. With most photographers being homebound and in socially distanced self-isolation, the normally simple act of creating has evolved into a new and unique challenge. This presented a unique opportunity for self-discovery for portrait photographer Tony Gale. Based in New York City, Tony Gale shoots regularly for a variety of editorial, corporate, and advertising clients. He is also a Sony Artisan of Imagery, a Manfrotto Ambassador, an X-Rite Coloratti, and the National President for American Photographic Artists. Turning the lens towards himself allowed Tony to continue creating despite the restrictions brought on by the pandemic. His daily creative exercise would eventually turn into an entire series of Social Distancing Self Portraits. The lead image accompanying this article is Tony’s 56th self-portrait in the series. We spoke with Tony recently about his project and what went into creating this particular self-portrait.

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COVID-19 Sent Photographer Michel Leroy Down AC/DC’s Highway to Hell

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach how they created an image with their lighting and minimal use of post-production. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching how to light. Want to be featured? Here’s how you can submit.

Michel Leroy is an entertainment and advertising photographer based out of New York. As most of you are undoubtedly aware, New York is one of the cities hardest hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak. As a result, much of the photography industry in New York is in a holding pattern at the moment. To say that we’re living in interesting times right now would be quite an understatement. Creativity is what drives us as photographers. But how do you create when we’re all confined within our homes? When the whole world is essentially on pause? Looking to social media for inspiration, Michel stumbled upon his friend Phil Adams’ recreation of Blondie’s Parallel Lines album cover using found objects from around the house. This project led Michel to do a similar project with his family. For his take on the concept, Michel decided on AC/DC’s classic Highway to Hell cover. With celebrity chefs and Olympic athletes amongst his subjects, Michel’s produced style lends an authentic connection to these personalities. His images reveal a level of comfort and vitality shared amongst friends, and you can clearly see this on display here.

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How Carl Schultz Shot an Environmental Portrait of a Chief Flight Instructor

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach how they created an image with lighting and minimal use of post-production. The series places a heavy emphasis on teaching how to light. Want to be featured? Here’s how you can submit.

Based out of Scottsdale, AZ, photographer Carl Schultz has been shooting editorial work for magazines in his area since the mid-2000s. His “Chief Flight Instructor” image is an example of one of the many commercial editorials he’s produced. Schultz began his journey in photography through his previous life working in the gaming industry during the ’90s, where he took images in order to create texture maps for 3D models. Remarking about his start in photography, Carl added, “I got the first digital camera ever made and loved the instant gratification of having the image instantly without having to get film developed. I’ve been getting better digital cameras ever since that day.” The rest, as they say, was history.

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Creating the Star Wars Photograph: Vesa Lehtimäki’s “The Longest Night”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers share how they created an image with their lighting and minimal use of post-production. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching how to light. Want to be featured? Here’s how you can submit.

We’ve got a very special Star Wars edition of Creating the Photograph in store for you today in celebration of Star Wars Day. Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Vesa Lehtimäki is better known by the mononym Avanaut online through his various social media platforms. While you may be learning about Lehtimäki’s work for the first time, you’ve likely seen his images floating around the web. In fact, Vesa’s previous Lego-centric photography projects actually inspired the hugely popular (and Hugo Award nominated) Lego Movie.

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Creating the Photograph: Jason Lindsey’s “Cabin Fever”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach how they created an image with choice of lighting and minimal post-production. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching how to light. Want to be featured? Here’s how you can submit.

Photographer Jason Lindsey first began his career as a photojournalist prior to becoming an agency art director. After five years, he followed his passion and became a photographer and director. Leo Burnett, Subaru, Adidas, Belize Tourism, and Wyoming tourism are just some of the clients Jason has worked with. His accolades include being selected for the Communication Arts Advertising Annual 2019 and being named one of the 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide for 2018/2019 and 2020/2021 by Archive Magazine.

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Creating the Photograph: Claudia Paul’s “Red on Red”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach how they created an image with their lighting and minimal use of post-production. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching how to light. Want to be featured? Here’s how you can submit.

Photographer Claudia Paul is a German-born, New York-based creative with over ten years of experience shooting editorial and commercial work. Her “Red on Red” concept is something she’s been developing for some time. For a bit of background on Claudia, she works frequently with Non-Profits and utilizes the power of strong imagery to help create positive change in the world. She lends her self-described ‘always personal’ approach to whatever the project might be with the goal of capturing authentic visuals. Claudia also runs a hands-on production company called Doppelganger Motion which focuses mostly on storytelling for small businesses and NGOs across the globe. She also recently joined the board of American Photographic Artists’ New York Chapter and is excited to strengthen the photo community and offer members crucial tools for growth.

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Photographers: Got a Project? We’d Love to Showcase It!

Hey photographers, if we like your photography projects, portfolio, etc., we’ll feature it!

Amidst everything happening with COVID-19, we know photographers are shifting to find ways to get more eyes on their work. As a service to our readers, we’re looking to help. For years, we’ve featured and profiled up and coming photographers. We’re also glad to say we’ve discovered many before they were cool. Photographers have gotten work from our features, and we’re happy to help the photo community. So, if you’d like to get featured, we’ve got all the details on how to submit your work below.

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Creating the Photograph: Donald Bowers “Why Here! Why Now?”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they created an image with minimal use of post-production and all about their lighting. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Here’s how you can submit.

Photographer Donald Bowers is based in New York City with over 12 years of professional experience. And for “Why Here! Why Now?” Donald decided that he wanted to play around and experiment a bit. For a bit of background on Donald, he’s a contributor to Getty Images and has had a wide variety of clients including Cohn & Wolfe, Grey Advertising, CNN and Heineken. He describes his work as inspired by polished photography with elements of rawness and unpredictability. He loves collaborating with clients and is always eager to find innovative solutions to challenges that arise during the process. To put it more concisely, he says that it’s “mildly wild and slightly styled.”

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Creating the Photograph: Mary Ann Wamboldt’s “Pink Kiss”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they created an image with minimal use of post-production and all about their lighting. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Here’s how you can submit.

Photographer Mary Ann Wamboldt is an Ontario based creative who shoots weddings, portraits, and a number of other things including travel photography. She’s been published a number of times and has won even more awards for her work. So when she submitted “Pink Kiss” to our Creating the Photograph series, we were very intrigued. The photo doesn’t have a whole lot of post-production and instead focuses more on in-camera techniques and lighting to get the look we see. There isn’t any sort of post-production trickery or layer upon layer–instead there is just Mary Ann’s own creativity and technical know how. Here’s how she got the shot.

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Creating the Photograph: Pauleth Ip’s “Dying of the Neon Light”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they conceived 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.

As working photographers, oftentimes we’re essentially guns for hire, executing concepts assigned to us from art directors, companies, or private clients. We may have creative input, but ultimately, the concept still belongs to someone else. This is why I feel it’s important to pursue personal projects whenever possible between paying assignments, as they play an integral part in our growth as photographers. Personal projects allow us to exercise our own creativity, and affords us opportunities to try new techniques and pursue creative visions without the burden of success. As the old adage goes, we learn more from our failures than our successes, so fail, and fail often, but fail on your own time and learn from your experiences.

This is why I started this personal project.

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Hey Strobists: We’d Love to Feature Your Work!

Hi everyone,

In addition to featuring lots of analog photographers right now, we’re also really interested in featuring the work of the strobist photography community. To be clear there, we want to see the work of photographers who have shot photos with off-camera flashes. Your submissions will be considered for our Creating the Photograph series, which you can check out at that previous hyperlink.

Want to submit? Head on past the jump to see how.

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Tutorial Package- Creating the Photograph: On Assignment at a Restaurant

Today, we’re super psyched to finally launch a special product that we’ve been working on for a really long time–Creating the Photograph: On Assignment at a Restaurant. Stemming from our very popular Creating the Photograph series, this tutorial video package includes a whole load of educational content that is bound to occupy you for a while.

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Creating the Photograph: Peter Barrett’s “Travelocity Ad”

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.

“In the end what you end up with is a shot that looks very much like two ladies snorkeling in crystal clear Caribbean waters.” says photographer Peter Barrett when explaining his idea for a photo he created for Travelocity. Pete does a ton of travel and documentary work that you can catch on his Instagram channel, and this is evidenced in our previous interview with him on the site. Pete has been shooting photos since High School and started shooting professionally in the mid-90s on various projects. Indeed, he’s a highly accomplished photographer that continues to both create and capture–the dream of many aspiring professional photographers.

So when it came to creating an image for Travelocity, he had to find a way to make something ordinary look a bit more vibrant.

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Hey Strobist Photographers: Talk To Us

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Hey strobist photographers,

In case you’ve never noticed, we’ve got a series on the site called “Creating the Photograph.” We’re constantly looking for the work of good strobists, and we’d love to feature you. If not necessarily to be part of this series, then maybe for one of the many interviews that we do on the site to inspire other photographers.

Here’s how you apply.

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

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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 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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Model: Natalie Margiotta

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.

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: 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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