Thomas Chadwick Lights it Big

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Instruction, Lighting tips

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PopPhoto.com has an insightful piece by Peter Kolonia on how photographer Thomas Chadwick shot a large moody alley to create a classic music video vibe. Chadwick composited eight exposures to achieve his final image.

A Profoto Pro-7b pack and a Pro-7B Head with a Profoto 7-inch Grid Reflector was used to backlight each dancer. A Profoto Softlight Reflector and another 7b head and pack were used for frontlighting, according to Kolonia. The article is replete with a comprehensive gear list and a detailed lighting diagram. Don’t miss it!

You can find individual shots from this composite on Chadwick’s site.

Daniele Barraco: The Modern Classicist

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait photography

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Although you will recognize the face of Christopher Walken, there is something about Daniele Barraco’s portrait that will make you look at the famous actor as if you saw him for the very first time. Something that pulls you into the image.

“I love people,” says Daniele. “I love their eyes, their skin and their wrinkles. I love the ability of the face to convey emotions, and my job is to bring out these emotions.”

What is the secret behind a great portrait? Is it really all about the eyes?

“I don’t have a recipe for an astonishing portrait. I think it’s about momentum, since portrait photography is strictly connected with capturing a moment in someone’s life. Beyond the technical and stylistic aspects of a shoot, I think that it’s more about the feeling and interaction between the subject and photographer – an un-spoken language felt by both of them that determines if the shoot will be a success. It’s having mutual respect for the same goal. That’s it! Respect is what mainly contributes to creating a really great portrait!”

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Michael Muller: The Power and the Wow

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Portrait photography, Sports photography

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Writing an article’s introductory paragraph is usually pretty easy. You introduce the photographer, you describe his or hers style, and you write something about their field of photography. However, in the case of Michael Muller, it is far from easy. It is obvious that he is mostly famous for his blockbuster movie posters and celebrity portraits, but for balance and context, there is a lot more that need be said. So let us just take it from the beginning.

Michael’s love for photography started at a young age. When he was eleven years old, his family moved to Saudi Arabia, where his father would oversee the Bechtel Corporation’s massive construction of Jubail. Michael’s father, a passionate amateur photographer, bought him his very first camera – a yellow, waterproof Minolta Weathermatic.

“I first experienced the power of photography when I used my Minolta to take a picture of an image of a shark in National Geographic Michael laughs. “I showed the picture to my friends, and I told them that I’d shot the image myself. They were amazed: oh, wow! No way!” Still amused, Michael goes on. “They just couldn’t believe I’d taken such an amazing image – which I hadn’t! Of course, I soon felt guilty for lying. Eventually I cracked up and told everybody the truth. But it definitely had an impact on me. I was beginning to appreciate the power of the medium, you know.”

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