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New Video online: Portfolio Buildup for Models and Photographers

February 16, 2018 - 16:55 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Portrait Photography

Bert Stephani's Win-Win Strategy

If photographers are new to the business and do not yet have a meaningful portfolio, it is sometimes difficult to get talented models. Or you have to take a lot of money to book professional shootings. But money may be a problem for some beginning photographers, or they'd rather invest in the equipment.
In this tutorial, Bert Stephani gives a practical tip, which always works where people are willing to exchange their services: A photographer supports a young model to build up their portfolio or to make the first few pictures - and in return he receives a shoot in which he can implement his own pictorial ideas.
Of course, in this win-win contract the photographic quality has to be right so that the model also wants to give her very best. Bert shows which pictures model agencies and clients would like to see and how they can be realized as quickly as possible, so that there is still time for the photographer's ideas.


New Video online: Bert on the Street 4

January 19, 2018 - 14:10 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Street Photography

Focused Approach against too much Impressions

In the first three parts of our street photography series with Bert Stephani we have learned a lot about photographic techniques, styles and attitudes. In this degree, Bert is concerned about the topic of overstimulation:
Equipped with all the knowledge and skills the photographer goes into the streets of the city and realizes that there are lots of impressions and possibilities. This can quickly become too much for him and overwhelm his perception, which in the worst case falls into the tunnel vision mode and no longer recognizes the valuable opportunities for really good pictures.
To prevent this Bert has a self-proven method: It is good to focus on a particular keyword or a superordinate topic, and to use this perceptual steering to recognize what is appropriate and to ignore the unimportant. In this way, the photographer remains so relaxed that he suddenly also has opportunities for images that do not directly have something to do with the focused object.


New Video online: The Smallest Studio in the World 1

January 5, 2018 - 12:27 — NewVideoAlert

Introduction and Equipment

Everyone wants to shoot in the biggest studio of the world: outdoor with available daylight . Here's Eib Eibelshaeuser to show us how to convert the biggest studio in the world from outdoor to indoor and make the best possible studio with reasonable means and effort.

This is the first in a series so jump in now. In this opening video, in just a few steps we have our corner of light absorbing cloth, and a posing stand to insure the subject is best positioned. With tips on low cost reflectors and construction materials that are easy to come by. You will be up and running in no time.

So please Tune-in now and get all the needed tips and info on this new series.


New Video online: Bert on the Street 2

November 24, 2017 - 16:48 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Street Photography

Capture the Decisive Moment

Street photography can be performed actively or passively. Bert recommends to keep a low profile for beginners to capture authentic situations.

He reveals 3 tricks to not stand out as a photographer. Mind your behaviour and consider your options in technology that is actually available to everyone.

Street photography benefits from lots of practice and the occasional lucky moment. Sooner or later decisive moments will find their way onto your sensor.


New Video online: Bert on the Street 1

October 27, 2017 - 14:54 — 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 - 12:09 — 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 - 13:30 — 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 - 14:59 — 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 - 11:50 — 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 - 10:28 — 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.


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