How Dan Bannister Created His Evocative Portraits of Lighthouse Keepers

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Dan Bannister

Commercial photographer and filmmaker Dan Bannister matched scenic archive photographs with green screen portraits. The result is a series of ethereal and evocative portraits of lighthouse keepers. We had a little chat with Dan to learn how he did it.

Even though in his professional career, he has focused mainly on portraiture and lifestyle advertising work, when going through his archive, Dan Bannister realized that he had a lot of landscape images – of lighthouses in particular.

Growing up on the east coast of Canada, Dan has always had an affinity for the sea and the characters that live and work on the Atlantic Ocean. Recognizing this, a new idea for a personal project arose.

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On To Light Shaping: Hitting the High Line

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Off-camera Flash, On location, Portrait Photography, Videos, Wedding Photography

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On to Light Shaping is a video series in which get to see renowned portrait and wedding photographers create magic with Profoto Off-Camera Flash. In this video we join husband & wife team Laibel and Chana Schwartz for a wedding anniversary shoot on the High Line in New York. When you are done watching, click here to see the rest of the series.

Laibel and Chana Schwartz, a NY-based husband and wife wedding photography team, love what they do. As an extension of their wedding business, they recently launched a program called The Eternal Image, for couples to break out of the mundane tasks of daily life and connect through the experience and the images that Laibel and Chana create.

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Behind the Scenes with Rory Lewis and Actor Patrick Stewart

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Rory Lewis

The Northerners Exhibition, UK based portrait photographer Rory Lewis’s personal project, is a collection of portraits from a cross section of Northern Celebrities: sports personalities, actors and politicians. In this article we get to follow Rory behind the scenes for one of the photo shoots, this one with famous actor Patrick Stewart

Rory Lewis passion for shooting actors and celebrities started with his Northerners Exhibition in 2012; his first major portraiture project. The whole theme of the project was to photograph actors and celebrities that came from the same area as Rory himself, the North of UK.

“I began to write letters to the agents of all the actors and celebrities I wanted to include in the project. My first success was a portrait sitting with actor David Warner. After this, more followed as I was able to gain more credibility and use the images to attract more celebrities to get on board. This also includes Sir Patrick Stewart who comes originally from Yorkshire.”, says Rory.

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Stunning On-Location Portraits of Seven Ethiopian Tribes

Written by Rebecca Ahremark on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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© Arne Hodalic & Katja Bidovec

Inspired by the work of Edward S. Curtis and Richard Avedon, photographers Arne Hodalic and Katja Bidovec built a portable studio in Ethiopia with the goal to present the ethnic groups living on Eastern and Western banks of the Omo River and in the vicinity of Lake Turkana. In their trunk: The B1 Off-Camera Flash and a couple of Light Shaping Tools

Arne Hodalic, a slovenian photo journalist and photography teacher, tried a lot of professions (such as biology professor and skipper) before he decided to change his course and start to work as a professional photographer. He has been published in more prestigious magazines than you can imagine. Arne also works as a photo editor for National Geographic / Slovenia.

Katja Bidovec, an emergent photographic talent was Arne’s student at University of Ljubljana, later became his photo assistant and soon after, she started her own photographic career. Her passion is street photography but she works a lot in a studio and she took care of all the digital development of their Pristine Ethiopia project.

We had a little chat with Arne Hodalic about their new project, Prestine Ethiopia.

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The Secret Jill Greenberg Filter That Took Her to Where She Is Today

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© Jill Greenberg

“People always ask what filter I use, but the filter is me,” says Jill Greenberg. That filter has resulted in some of the most instantly recognisable images of the last two decades. 

Jill Greenberg was born in Montreal, but raised in Detroit and has taken photographs for as long as she can remember.

“I started making photographs as a “shortcut” to drawings and paintings,” replies Jill when asked why she decided to become a photographer. “My work has always been concerned with the image itself, the surface. Of course the meaning and concept too, but never really in a documentary way. All of my drawings are from my head — funny, mannered characters with lots of color. Not from life, so my photographs are from my head too… if that makes any sense.”

When attending high school, Jill always thought she wanted to become a fashion illustrator, and later even a fashion photographer.

“I went to school with the intention of majoring in illustration and I even spent the previous summer at RISD in their Illustration summer session. Then the summer before RISD I attended Parson in Paris for Photography on a scholarship. I somehow did not feel like I could break into fashion but it has always been my interest. But I do bring that interest to surface, if you will, with my portraiture and advertising assignments.”

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