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New Video: "Classic Nude" Look

January 6, 2016 - 17:37 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Nude Photography

Classic Nude Photography with Dan Hostettler

Classic/Fine art nude photography depicts the nude human body with an emphasis on form, composition, emotional content, and other aesthetic qualities. The distinction between fine art photography and other sub-genres is not absolute, but there are certain defining characteristics.

The nude figure becomes part of the overall composition and the aim is not to focus on the model’s nudity itself in a voyeuristic or alluring way but rather on her turning into an appealing but unagitated element of the scene. The model is not sexualized or arousing.

Art Nudes in a studio-setting often focuses on the human form as a study, from purely anatomical to abstract to compositional. On location, the nude figure is placed in a carefully selected (sometimes unusual) environment and in context as juxtaposition.


New Video online: Laura Letinsky

December 30, 2015 - 16:26 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Contemporary Photography

Still Life Artist

Laura Letinsky is a professor and head of the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Chicago. Her work was shown in the Museum of Modern Art, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Netherlands Photo Institute and published in the New York Times. In her current work she merges the traditional Still life with contemporary photography.

In our FotoTV. interview she explains her imagery. She also focuses on how she has found from a rather voyeuristic earlier style of photography to her Still life projects.


New Video online: Unconventional Light 5: Backgrounds

December 23, 2015 - 16:03 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Lighting Techniques

Workshop with Bert Stephani

Light should not be exclusive to a model but is great to design backgrounds. Bert Stephani starts from a black cardboard and creates a vignette by using a simple speedlight.

The background becomes more blurred the further it moves away from the subject. There are many tools to shape and color light on a background. Bert presents a variety of ways to create depth in some neat looking portraits.


New Video: Richard Misrach

December 16, 2015 - 17:01 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Contemporary Photography


Richard Misrach was born in 1949 in Los Angeles. He was among the pioneers of color and large format photography.

He ist best known because of his lifelong series "Desert Cantos" that deals with the West African desert and how it reflects the human condition. The series documents tourism, urban sprawl, industrialization, fires, floods or the testing of nuclear weapons. Misrach collaborates with a Mexican-American musician who interprets Misrach's photos with his instruments, that's the reason for the name Cantos.

In this FotoTV. Interview he also tells of his other projects and of what the philosopher Heidegger has to do with his current photo book "The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings": Heidegger affected not only the name but also delivered the basic idea that people never really understand each other.


New Video: Double Exposed

December 9, 2015 - 15:31 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Wedding Photography

Ice Breaker for Romantic Couple Shootings

A wedding photographer's life is never easy and since we are constantly confronted with a new situation, it is helpful to have something to ease the initial tension an ice breaker of sorts.

Having ..."been there ..done that", experienced wedding photographer Hendrik Niermann has a short film and technique that you can use to get started off on the right foot. This is something everybody can use and the applications are endless.


New Video: Architecture Workflow

December 2, 2015 - 17:10 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Architecture Photography

Long Exposure Postprocessing

In general an architecture workflow is different from a seascapes workflow. It is far more time expensive and cumbersome than a seascape workflow.

Have a look at how Joel creates his minimalistic architectural images that stand out from the rest and have been imitated many times in terms of style and look and feel by others.


New Video: Unconventional Light 4: Reflectors

November 24, 2015 - 17:43 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Lighting Techniques

Workshop with Bert Stephani

Bert Stephani puts his self made softbox to use that he built previously. To create the impression of a window as a catch light, the light should be fairly close to the model.

Reflectors are another way to lighten up your subject. They can be used with any lightsource and even ambient light. Any reflective object with a wide surface is suitable for this task. See how Bert utilises curtains and even a survival blanket to make the most out of his light.


New Video: Tod Papageorge

November 18, 2015 - 17:45 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Contemporary Photography

It's all in the Picture

In the early 1960s Tod Papageorge began to photograph. Throughout that decade he significantly shaped the street photography in New York and collaborated with Garry Winogrand, Joel Meyerowitz and John Szarkowski. 1970 and 1977 he got Guggenheim Fellowships in order to devote himself entirely to his photographic work. Since 1979 he has been professor at Yale University, where he directs the course of studies for graduates in photography.

In our FotoTV. interview he speaks about his beginnings as photographer and how an exhibition of the artist Brassaï lead him from 35mm to middle format photography. Papageorge talks about his series Central Park and Studio 54 und shows some pictures of his recent work.

Several times in the video he uses the phrase "clear picture": For him clearness is the most important aspect in photography.


New Video: "Bodyscape" Look

November 11, 2015 - 17:47 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Nude Photography

Figurative Forms & Curves with Dan Hostettler

Dan Hostettler is here with a new part of his "nude looks" series. This time it's all about bodyscapes.

Bodyscapes depict high-contrast artistic style nudes where close-up framing of the human form conveys the impression of landscapes. More broadly defined one might say it’s about the lines, curves and forms of the subject.

In order to support the rather abstract captured forms, a contrasting lighting is necessary to blank out excessive visual information.

Bodyscapes are following the classical nude approach and focus on the human form as a study, from abstract to compositional. No sexualized and teasing poses are involved so the results are typically faceless.


New Video: Seascape Workflow

November 4, 2015 - 17:05 — NewVideoAlert
Tags: Photoshop Techniques

Long Exposure Postprocessing

In this part Joel demonstrates how he uses all of his basic tools and methods in a complete workflow for the creation of B&W seascapes. From start to finish.


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