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Eddie Tapp

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Runtime - length of the film: 7m07s
Language: english
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Summary:

Eddie Tapp is one of the world’s top digital photography experts and a Photoshop guru. In this video he describes his development from starting in photography after graduating from high school in 1969 to his current position as the holder of many of the highest awards that the profession has to offer.

Living in Atlanta, Georgia, Eddie began, as many fledgling photographers do, with weddings and portraiture, progressing on to fashion, jewellery, autos, furniture, and food: the full gamut of subjects. At the same time he worked as a drummer in many of the local bands and even played at the grand opening of Disneyland in Atlanta. Meeting a music producer at this time opened the door to a lot of exciting work, making the PR photos for most of the recording artists who came to Atlanta. The 70’s were a time, he recalls, of wild parties and unlimited budgets in the music industry!

But Eddie wanted to move on and up a level as a photographer. He wrote down two goals:

1) Do well financially creating commercial advertising,

2) Move to Florida and become a beach bum.

He aimed for goal number one first. Not only did he reach it, he surpassed it. Hence goal number two, the fall-back option, was never even attmpted.

He studied fashion photography at college and began doing commercial advertising work. At that time, about thirty years ago, the customers were mostly big fashion stores, with the work being published in spreads in Sunday newspapers. Now his style has changed. There is more emphasis on portrait aspects in fashion and in exploring new ideas. This can be seen in the examples shown in the video.

Most of Eddie’s time is now spent in education, giving seminars and workshops to his peers worldwide. His credo is to “shoot flat and process contrast”, an approach he dubs ‘organic imaging’. By flat he means shooting ‘raw’, then doing all the fine-tuning on the computer, in his case with Photoshop. His seminars cover digital workflow, creative enhancement techniques and colour management.

Between Rock and Jazz

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m11s
Language: english
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Summary:

Photographer Lisa Tanner sits down with FotoTV to discuss the early beginnings of her career and her many incredible experiences as a staff photographer and publicist with Atlantic Records that provided her the chance to meet, interview and photograph living legends. Tanner also shares some of her iconic images from her immense photographic archives.

Tanner started photography at a very early age, largely in part due to her award winning photographer father, Lee Tanner. Jazz and Rock music have been a part of Tanner's life as long as she can remember, so has the musicians way of life, so attending concerts and music events her father was photographing came naturally to her. Branching off on her own, Tanner got her professional start as a rock photographer shooting some of the world's most talented and recognized artists for Atlantic Records, a time when the record label was at the pinnacle of the indutry. Starting out at an early age did have its disadvantages though. At age 17 she was competing with older, much more experienced photographers. But Tanner remained steadfast and determined to succeed. One thing that did help her out was being able to shoot an unlimited amount of material, which enabled her to improve and perfect her style.

Currently she is shooting more Jazz musicians as opposed to her early career and it is something she likes very much because of the camaraderie between the musicians and the much-welcomed absence of egos. Unlike the atmosphere surrounding rock stars, Tanner finds the Jazz musicians much more laid back and open to sharing their music with their peers. To Tanner it is all about creating a moment with her photography out of what the musicians are doing at the moment. She masterfully documents slices of time, her images giving eternal life to a wonderful music profession.

Shooting Stars 3

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Runtime - length of the film: 18m02s
Language: english
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In this special series, 15-year veteran photographer from Cologne, Germany, Peter Wafzig takes FotoTV viewers up-close behind the world of concert photography, along the way sharing valuable information, tips and techniques as well as sharing exciting images from his archives.

In this third installment, Wafzig focuses on the planning and execution of concert photography. Today he takes a look at all the many important aspects of the preparation and planning concert photography shoots. He also gives FotoTV viewers’ helpful tips and also what to expect when shooting from a stage trench, to even securing a parking space in close proximity to the concert venue. Because no photographer wants to walk blocks and blocks, weighted down with all his equipment.

Wafzig begins by giving viewers ideas on how to go about getting beginning concert photography, with tips such as starting off small, photographing a school band or a friend’s band. He points out it is important to have pictures to show clients what you can do and where your strengths (and weakness) lie. So building up a portfolio is the first thing to do. After photographers have enough photos, about 8-10 will do, they can begin contacting local magazines and newspapers to peddle their artistry.

Concert photography does not happen as easy as one thinks. You need to have an assignment letter from a newspaper or magazine editor in order to get accreditation from a concert promoter. Without an assignment letter you will not receive accreditation, no ifs ands or buts. Concert promoters generally only issue proper credentials to individuals or media entities that will help make their venue a success, in plain terms, a lot of press coverage.

Other vital areas Wafzig covers during this special series are, compliance and working with security while at concerts, verbal and written agreements and the sale and publication of images to third party magazines, or publications.

Shooting Stars 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 18m25s
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Summary:

In this special series, 15-year veteran photographer from Cologne, Germany, Peter Wafzig takes FotoTV viewers up-close behind the world of concert photography, along the way sharing valuable information, tips and techniques as well as sharing exciting images from his archives.

In this second installment, Wafzig focuses on the composition of the concert photo. Wafzig begins by show examples of different possibilities photographers have when photographing in the limited shooting trench right in front of the stage. He suggests first having a game plan, an actual thought out idea of what exactly it is that needs to be photographed in the short amount of time allotted for concert photographers. He also recommends becoming familiar with the band or artist before going to the concert.

The fundamental difference between concert photography and other photographic applications is that the situation at a concert cannot be controlled. Wafzig points out that while during a photo-studio shoot everything is controllable, the lighting the temperature, even directing the models or setting up articles for table t-top shootings. "During a concert, a photographer has to take what he can get", Wafzig says. "You have to work reasonably well with the action happening on stage, using the lighting provided." He adds. Wafzig stresses the fact of shooting from a multitude of perspectives, providing you have enough room or authorization to get to the hard to reach or off-limit areas. One tip he gives is using the camera, guerrilla style 'hand-held'. He has gotten many good photos this way.

All in all, Wafzig really gives a comprehensive approach to composing photos in such a small confined space, such as a concert. Thinking graphically, diagonally, or vertically are several tips Wafzig says helped him create a connection between the audience and singer from the famous group, "The Beatsteaks", just by thinking out of the box Wafzig gives photographers many interesting tricks and techniques to achieve the best possible concert photograph, guaranteed to satisfy customers in tenfold measure

Shooting Stars 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m11s
Language: english
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Summary:

In this special three-part series, 15-year veteran photographer from Cologne, Germany, Peter Wafzig takes FotoTV viewers up-close behind the world of concert photography, along the way sharing valuable information, tips and techniques as well as sharing exciting images from his archives.

In this first installment, Wafzig focuses on the technics behind concert photography. He begins by giving viewers a run down of what equipment, supplies that and helpful devices and gadgets are critical for any good concert photographer to have as part of his kit. Concert lighting also plays a major role in concert photography and today; many photographers are using digital SLR lenses. Wafzig gives information photographers need in order to achieve the best possible result. He covers everything from exposure metering, which can be somewhat tricky to master with the starkly lit foregrounds and almost non-existent backgrounds. Wafzig compensates for this potential dilemma, by switching from various metering modes such as matrix or spot metering depending on the situation and where the emphasis should fall on the subject. It also pays a great role whether or not he is shooting portraits or full-length shots of an entire band.

One important piece of advice Wafzig gives is to know how fast you need to compensate in all metering modes, in manual mode. He goes on to sanction shooting entirely in manual metering mode, but he does point out the necessity to be fully aware of how the histogram works and also to develop a keen eye when contemplating compensating your exposures.