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New Video online: Bert on the Street 1

October 27, 2017 - 15:54 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Street Photography

Getting into Street photography

Bert Stephani introduces you to the magic of street photography. Despite being an experienced photographer, being out on the street is always an exciting experience.

The appeal is to observe situations that you cannot direct. It takes a fair amount of luck to capture strangers in special constellations.

Bert recommends how to behave in the street to not draw attention to yourself. There's also gear especially suitable for street photography, while other is better left at home. He also shares advice on how to approach strangers.


New Video online: William Ropp

October 20, 2017 - 13:09 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Contemporary Photography

Intimate Portraits

FotoTV. met french portrait photographer William Ropp for an interview in Arles.

Three decades ago he was slowly changing from theatre to photography, but the stage still represents an important photographic aspect for him. Ropps pictures do not show people, but their present fantasies.

William Ropp likes to work in the studio. He appreciates the protective atmosphere and does not want to be perceived as a disturbing photographer. Ropp is working in darkness, while his models hardly can see his camera.


New Video online: Light Feathering Part 3

September 29, 2017 - 14:30 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Nude Photography

Full Body Shots with One Light

Here with part three in our series on light feathering, Martin Krolop shows us how to use only one light and the feathering technique for well balanced full body shots.

The trick being the magic placement of the subject to the light that then balances the light ideally. In this manner no dynamic is lost or contrast correction is needed. The single flash properly placed or model for that matter, can end with a great result. ... oh and Katja doesn't disappoint either!


New Video online: Larry Towell

September 15, 2017 - 15:59 — NewVideoAlert

People without Land

Larry Towell is a photographer and also operates as a musician and storyteller. He lives with his family on a farm in Canada. He was the first Canadian member of Magnum. Since the mid-80s photography is his source of livelihood.
Through the for him very impressive time as a volunteer helper in India in the mid-70s his work is characterized by the gap between rich and poor. Main subject in almost all works are the "landless people" which means the rural population without land.
Towells first projects in which this motif already took place originated in Central America and dealt among others with the Counterrevolutionaries in Nicaragua, the civil War in El Salvador and the "Disappeared" in Guatemala. He later documented the Mennonites in Mexico and even his own family in Canada.
After he was a strong defender of the black and white film his recent works have given way to the changing times. In those younger works there are color photos als well as multimedia influences such as video or music.


New Video online: John G. Morris

August 18, 2017 - 12:50 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Photo-Journalism

Life and Work with Robert Capa

In this interview, taken at the Les Recontres D'Arles photo festival in southern France, photo editor John G. Morris talks about his career and his friend Robert Capa. During the second world war, Morris was photo editor for the New York Times and Life magazine.

John G. Morris impressively describes how he developed the desire to pursue a journalistic career and how the famous war photographer Robert Capa became his companion and best friend.

John G. Morris died at the age of 100 on July 28, 2017 in Paris.

Note: Unfortunately, we could only get the image rights for a single photograph of Robert Capa. Nevertheless, we would not like to keep you from this interesting interview. Numerous works by Robert Capa can be found on the Internet.


New Video online: Changes at photokina

July 18, 2017 - 11:28 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: FotoTV.News | photokina

The New photokina Setup

The world's leading trade fair for photography will appear in 2018 with a brand new setup. From then on, there will be a new cycle, new topics and a new date.

The photokina will take place annually and as of 2019 it will also have a new date in may.

In this video Marc Ludwig talks to Christoph Menke, the new project manager of photokina, about those changes.


New Video online: The Third Dimension

July 7, 2017 - 17:47 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Portrait Photography

More Depth in Pictures by Using Fore- and Background

Photography is a two-dimensional medium. Images have a width and a height, but no depth.
But the more experienced a portrait photographer is, the higher become his claims to a three-dimensional look. A picture shall occur to the viewer as if the model could pop out of the image in the next moment. Frequently used strategies to increase the plasticity of the image are, for example, wide-angle lenses, long lenses, shadows and leading lines.
In this tutorial Bert Stephani discusses another solution, namely adding a foreground to the picture. If one chooses a foreground that cooperates with the background in a good way, one gets an extra dose of depth. A good combination is achieved when the foreground contrasts with the background but as well matches. The contrast should not require too much of the viewer's attention because that would make the model less visible. Bert shows which contrasts are particularly suitable, where to find them and how to use them.


New Video online: Jock Sturges

June 23, 2017 - 14:45 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Masters of Photography

Grace Doesn't Need Directions

The American Jock Sturges studied perceptual psychology and photography. Today he is known internationally for his recordings on Californian, Spanish and Frenche nudist beaches. His intention lays not in eroticism. He is concerned with the representation of beauty, fragility and especially of "truth" that runs through his entire work as an internal claim.
For Sturges a true image arises when the model can be totally herself. Without instructions - and at the beginning also without camera - a situation can be quite natural and produces interesting moments that have to be catched very fast.
In our interview the photographer reports on his way to this extraordinary genre. He also introduces his latest book "Fanny", which was published in 2014 by Steidl Verlag. It is named after a young woman that Sturges already photographed as a five years old girl.


New Video online: Light Feathering Part 1

June 2, 2017 - 12:14 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Lighting Techniques

An Introduction wirh Martin Krolop

Master photographer Martin Krolop based in Cologne is here with the first in a series on lighting techniques. The technique presented here, known as light feathering allows the user to get the most out any given light source.

Important to get the key concepts before traversing further, Martin lays down the basics in a clear and concise manner. So when you do understand what you're doing, you will be able to apply this technique to your unique advantage. This is one of those "less is more" concepts, but careful attention to detail and placement are the factors that exploit the physics of light so that you can make full body shots illuminated with a uniform light... and who needs more than one light anyway?

Another for the lets keep it simple crowd...but so much more ... Jump in now as the rest will be based around this opening technique. Tune In it's happening NOW!!


New Video Online: Shooting Portraits During Midday

May 12, 2017 - 16:04 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Portrait Photography

On location in the Provence (Southern France) Steven von Veen helps us master the light situations when the midday sun is high in the sky.

Many are forewarned not to shoot in these strong light situations. We get three valuable strategies to deal with the harsh lighting. The lovely Felicia helps demonstrate some posing techniques to exploit the strong light. The old adage "Where there is light there is shadow" is then demonstrated by using the available reflected light to produce excellent portraits. And finally using filtered shadows to create interesting patterns on the subject. The main message is don't let the harsh light keep you from making great pictures.

Use it to your advantage and let Steven von Veen show you how.


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