- Top 10 Photos of the Year 2013
- How to Use Strip Lighting for Outdoor Portraits (Video)
- Winter Action Sports Photography Inside a Studio (Video)
Posted: 11 Dec 2013 05:42 PM PST
We are very excited that PictureSocial, the photography network, is rapidly approaching the 1 million photos uploaded mark and our admins have been looking through the hundreds of thousands of truly stunning photos that were uploaded this year. With careful consideration, we chose these as the year's best. This is a list of some of the most compelling and popular photos of the year 2013.
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1. “Take me to School” captured by Trandinhkhiem
2. “The Bend” captured by Jet Rabe
3. “Farmer, Hoi An, Vietnam” captured by Thomas Jeppesen
4. “Kirkjufell” captured by Ævar Guðmundsson
5. “Downtown” captured by Jan Michael Vincent V Castillo
6. “Enjoying Little Things” captured by Nebojsa Novakovic
7. “Morning Birds” captured by Muhammad Rizwan Ansari
8. “Cappadocia Ballooning” captured by Richard Slackman
9. “The Fisherman’s Song” captured by Ivan Pena
10. “Hammersmith Bridge” captured by Poppy Stevenson
Posted: 11 Dec 2013 03:24 PM PST
Using strobes outside is one way to create drama in your photographs. By adding artificial light to your scene, you can include a background that utilizes ambient light without sacrificing the quality of light on your subject. But sometimes it’s difficult to determine how exactly to light your subject to get specific results. Joe McNally provides a quick demonstration of how he used strip lighting for a Clint Eastwood-inspired outdoor portrait:
For this portrait setup, McNally used only two lights to rim the subject against the sky in the background. The lights, two Elinchrom strip light banks, were tall and narrow, each measuring 13 inches wide by 68 inches tall. Inside the softboxes, which were mounted on C-stands, were 400W flash heads with one battery pack per head.
The strip lights were placed on either side of the model to create a rim around his face and cowboy hat while still lighting up the gun in his hand. With a long lens, McNally shot the portrait at a focal length of 130mm, a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second, an aperture of f/10, and an ISO of 100.
The resulting image, meant to mimic the Unforgiven movie poster, features a soft edge light that fades in an appealing way.
Strip lights produce a distinct quality of narrow, even lighting that works well to highlight and flatter the human form. Practice McNally’s simple strip lighting technique in your outdoor portraits to set your subject off from the background.
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Posted: 11 Dec 2013 11:22 AM PST
Environmental portraits are most often shot in expected places. Chefs are pictured in kitchens, artists are photographed in their studios, and athletes are captured during their competitions. To increase the impact of their images, however, commercial photographers sometimes look for ways to photograph their subjects in unexpected settings. In this light-hearted concept shoot with some of Austria’s best winter sports athletes, photographer Markus Berger and his crew created elaborate indoor sets and gimmicky special effects to highlight each individual in action:
Though the shoot took place inside a fairly ordinary studio, it was no ordinary setup. The experimental photo shoot made creative use of ropes and pulleys, fake snow, ring lights, patterned glass, body paint, and layered scenery to orchestrate fun, three-dimensional portraits.
Because each set was so large, using a backdrop that was 4.5 meters tall, Berger required powerful studio lights and tall light stands to properly illuminate each scene. He used a variety of lighting equipment, including Broncolor Para 88 FB Reflectors with Broncolor Minicom lights, strip softboxes, and a beauty dish. He also included a ring light in several of his portraits, which reflected interesting catchlights in the athletes’ eyes.
To achieve many different looks, Berger used a Leica S-System camera with three prime lenses for this shoot. He utilized a Leica APO-Tele-Elmar-S 180mm f/3.5 CS telephoto lens for closeups, a wide angle lens for action shots, and a Leica Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5 ASPH lens for including the environment in the frame without distorting the image.
Though equipment played a crucial role in the images, the key to the success of the photo shoot was including the world-class athletes in the planning and decision-making process. Berger drew up sketches of his concepts to show before the shoot. During the shoot, he showed the images he captured to each athlete to get immediate feedback. Input from the athletes helped him narrow down his final picks to images that included realistic poses that the subjects liked.
While Markus Berger could have gone outdoors and photographed the winter sports champions doing what they do best, his conceptual studio shots turn heads and deliver a stylized set of images that go together for his commercial clients.
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