- The Brilliant Colors of Autumn Photography in 10 Photos
- Using Steel Wool & Fireworks For Light Painted Portrait Photography (Video)
- A Life in Photography (Video)
Posted: 08 Nov 2013 03:20 PM PST
Autumn holds a unique window of opportunities for photographers – vibrant colors can transform an otherwise mundane scene into a blanket of red, yellow, and orange hues. Take a look at this little collection for inspiration!
The autumn season is too short to afford a missed photo opportunity. Clouds, sun, day, night – you can always find a stunning composition to capture. Check out some tips for photographing autumn colors and then take your camera and go outside. Don’t waste it!
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Posted: 08 Nov 2013 12:19 PM PST
Light painting is a well-loved technique in the photography community, but fashion photographer Clay Cook didn't paint with LED lights in his recent fashion editorial photoshoot for NFocus Magazine, Louisville. He painted with fire.
Using burning sparklers and steel wool, Cook created stunning, fiery backgrounds and foregrounds around his subjects. In this video, Cook demonstrates his technique and shares a few tips for photographers who aren't afraid to let the sparks fly:
Cook’s shoot spanned two locations. The first was a garage rigged with a large octobox in the front, a gridded strip box on the side, a white backdrop, and a fan to blow sparks from fireworks sparklers into the models' faces during one section of the shoot.
Happily, Cook’s models were on board with that idea, but Cook is quick to remind photographers seeking to try this technique that securing permission from subjects is crucial to a successful shoot.
Light painting with LEDs is a no-risk gig, but painting with fire requires photographers to go to great lengths to ensure that subjects feel comfortable with the idea that they might get zapped by a stray spark now and then.
The second location was a swampy forest where Cook shot with natural light at sunset and then returned to long exposures and light painting assisted with a single octobox as night fell.
Here, Cook used fine grade steel wool in addition to sparklers. He packed the wool into an egg whisk secured to a para cord, set it ablaze, and swung the rig in circles to create a wide shower of sparks behind the models during each 15-second exposure.
Despite being shut down early by a storm, Cook was largely pleased with “the emotional feel” that the sparks added to his photographs and the images were successfully published in “Summer Sparks,” NFocus Magazine’s July fashion editorial.
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Posted: 08 Nov 2013 11:44 AM PST
Douglas Kirkland is not your typical photographer. With over 50 years of photography experience and more than a million photos in his archive, Kirkland is what you would consider an industry legend. Over the years, fifteen books have been published displaying his work, many of them over one or several celebrities. In his 16th book, Kirkland gets the chance to show a culmination of his life’s work. From his early photos of the late celebrities John Lennon and Audrey Hepburn, to his more recent work with digital cameras, this book titled A Life in Pictures celebrates one man’s incredible journey through the world of photography:
Kirkland has used a wide variety of cameras throughout his career including everything from a Kodak Brownie, a 35mm Nikon, a Hasselblad, a Mamiya 6×7, to a Canon 5D Mark III.
As someone who has been in the industry for a long time, Kirkland has many great pieces of advice to give. Not just on technique or skill, but on making a living in the world of photography. He talks about chatting with celebrities, trying new and different ideas when photographing, and always enjoying the work he does.
But perhaps one of the biggest questions plaguing viewers of Kirkland’s work is how one gets into the position that he has claimed. How does one gather such an incredibly vast work of photographs? The answer is simple: Passion and Determination. The passion part is easy, either you have it or you don’t. Kirkland definitely had a passion for photography when he began his career and that passion still burns inside him today. He still loves to take photographs and he doesn’t believe that his best days are behind him. He continues to shoot, experiment, and enjoy. But the second part of his success is his determination. Once he developed a small portfolio, Kirkland went around his neighborhood showing off his work to the little publications that would hire him. He knew that he couldn’t start from the top, but he could start somewhere, and this is where most people get disheartened in the start of their photography career. They want to be a photographer for Time or National Geographic or some other big name magazine or company. But it takes years of hard work and determination to get there. Kirkland has had 50 years to make it where he is today. So don’t feel discouraged when Sports Illustrated doesn’t hire you right off the street.
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