ISO 400 Episode #002: Mike Lerner

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All photographers are used with permission by Mike Lerner.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Mike Lerner, a poker-player-turned-photographer who got his start in concert photography. In 2007, he photographed a then-unknown Katy Perry, and steadily networked and photographed his way up the ladder. He eventually landed a gig as Justin Bieber’s tour photographer, traveling on-and-off with him over the course of three years. Despite his successes in concert photography, he has left the genre for lifestyle photography, and has since attracted some big name clients.

Here, he shares his reasons for leaving concert photography, his insights on that business, and the projects he’s working on now. Below are some examples of his work (slight NSFW warning: there’s an underwear shot below).

Editor’s note: There were some questions about the first episode regarding whether or not ISO 400 is actually a podcast. It will be. We’re presently working on getting this on iTunes. For now, we’re releasing episodes on YouTube.

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Justin Bieber Gets Sued by Another Photographer


Earlier last year, Justin Bieber was sued by a photographer when his body guards forced a photographer to delete the images shot of the stripclub attending starl and even threatened him with a gun. But the guards and the Canadian who found fame here still haven’t learned their lesson. Resource is reporting that photographer Manuel Munoz is suing Bieber after his bodyguards, “locked him in a nearby Subway restaurant and demanded he delete the photos he took of the star…Munoz and Patterson haggled in the restroom of the Subway restaurant for Bieber’s pictures for 10K but the bodyguard was only willing to pay 5K.”

But the story doesn’t stop with forced incarceration. It gets worse–Munoz states that he was punched and kicked by the guard who then took the photographer’s memory card. Additionally, this was two hours before Bieber was arrested for a DUI.

The problems with the lawsuit though state that Munoz only told the cops that he was tripped and suffered a scratch on the knee. But now he’s saying that he was further physically assaulted. To begin with, he should be suing for being locked in a bathroom and being forced to delete the images that were taken in public.

As a former paparazzo who has spoken about issues like this on television, you should know that Munoz was really just doing his job. paparazzo don’t exactly stalk their subjects–the agents for the talent tell photographers where their clients will be. So with that said, they want their clients to be found. Problems like this don’t often happen to this degree but I’ve had my share of threats from guards and most celebs are perfectly fine with being photographed because it means extra press for them and therefore more money.

Bieber has more money than most people though; so he probably doesn’t care.

Justin Bieber Being Sued by Photographer After Guards Take Camera, Memory and Threaten With Gun


Justin Bieber is apparently being sued by a photographer after his guards took photographer Jeff Binion’s camera. Binion then pleaded to get his camera back and apparently even offered to delete the images. The guards gave it back to him, but kept the memory card, according to FStoppers. But the story doesn’t end there.

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Weekend Humor: Leica Earned Ire of Bieber-verse After Leica S2 Refused to Take Photos of Him

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Weekend Humor isn’t meant to be taken seriously. So don’t. We’re serious, ya rube.

About a month ago, Jurgen Stöfenböf, Justin Bieber’s tour photographer, decided to up his game with the purchase of a Leica S2. Up until that point, Stöfenböf had been using whatever camera was available at the Duane Reade closest to the concert venue because Bieliebers don’t care. They’ll take anything and everything. Since he was making more money than his photos will ever be worth, Stöfenböf decided to take his craft seriously, so he went from a $15 instant camera to a $25,000 medium format goliath. There was, however, a problem. A line of code in the S2’s sensor caused all images of Justin Bieber to change into images of kittens.

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Justin Bieber Uses Olympus Tough Cam for Music Video: Reminds Us All That He’s Like 12 Years Old with Shaky Cam Work

Apparently, Olympus’ latest TOUGH camera is aimed at users 17 years and younger. How else can you explain that their latest PR coup features Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj? Whatever the reasoning behind this, what the latest Olympus-Bieber-Minaj co-op goes to show is that not even a bunch of wacked out party kids is able to destroy the water-, freeze-, crush-, shock- and dustproff TG-1 iHS. Check out the video below to see for yourself what shenanigans the poor little TG-1 had to deal with.


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