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Key light from behind

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m38s
Language: english
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Bert Stephani is not a photographer to stick to rules. He likes to innovate an experiment with the position of his key light, to achieve a special look.
 
A shaded spot in the outdoors is practical for decent portraits, but a little effort enables a very special look. Like every photographer Bert knows that you can accomplish very different results by only changing your lighting.
 
See how Bert makes use of his surroundings and settings to control his light. This is how he does portraits full of character.

Changing the Direction of Natural Light

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m35s
Language: english
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Changing Light Direction

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We paid a visit to Bert Stephani in Belgium. He stepped into the woods with his fellow speedlight. With it, he tries to change the direction of ambient light. This can be achieved with the right combination of given light sources.

Bert's model is lit by daylight which becomes softened by clouds and surroundings. As he takes pictures, he demonstrates how to use a flash to combine it with natural light. After all he desires a natural look that doesn't give away the use of a speedlight.

David Doubilet 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m59s
Language: english
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David Doubilet 1

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Underwater photographer David Doubilet guides through his retrospective exhibition in Iserlohn, Germany. He tells exciting stories and provides insight into some special shots.
 
Doubilet compares features of colour and monochrome pictures. He reveals his fascination with Antarctica and remembers encounters with animals around the planet.
 
He looks back on his work and career spent in the oceans of the earth.

David Doubilet 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m19s
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David Doubilet traveled planet earth and documented nature from the ocean's perspective. His underwater camera records scenes from another world.
 
His fascination with water began with an experience from his youth. Working under water poses risks and challenges that Doubilet never forgets. He rewards himself with surreal images which impress and alert. Climate change threatens ecosystems of oceans worldwide. Doubilets pictures show the fragility of these places.
 
He dived in the arctics and tropics, and returned with photos that surpass imagnination.

Subject in Motion

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Runtime - length of the film: 07m50s
Language: english
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Ben Jaworskyj is moving way too fast to stop action with him. It's hard to imagine him any other way.

Here is Ben with a neat approach to bring movement and action in your pictures. As his approach is always less equipment - more results, Ben demonstrate a unique way to bring or keep the motion in the picture via timed exposure and use the flash to keep the subject sharp. 

When it's time to show motion, his approach is everything moves.. the subject, and the photographer too.  Since there's movement all around it's only the briefest of moments required to show the subject sharp and the let the movement surround him.... right?. How to do this?..Well you need to tune in to this video..

"Drama Noir" Look

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m56s
Language: english
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Composing drama nudes does not mean to create dusky sceneries but rather working with well-chosen light/shadow areas and corresponding accents.

Imagine a Hitchcock movie or any neo-noir tale. Something darker, scarier, more suspenseful… yet dazing bewitching. Photographs rich in contrast, black-and-white in feel, at least not very colorful, not very glossy, nothing trendy. Drama stands for something visually dramatic.

Messages can be sexy lascivious, contain round forms, and be strong and bold in emotions. A drama/noir setup most definitely flatters a woman’s shape.

"Fashion Nude" Look

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m58s
Language: english
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Original fashion photography is about creating aspiration (desire). This genre has always been devoted to displaying clothing and other fashion items.

However, a good portion of sexiness and nudity has been involved in a lot of campaigns and editorial photography ever since. You can easily discover such images in fashion magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, or Elle.
A model can even be completely nude. If the image is shot in the right way, with the right aesthetic and the right feel, it will still be a fashion image.

A Fashion Look shoot provides you with the best possibilities of all worlds to try out everything you can think of: outfit, make-up, lighting, quirky poses and an intense composition. It’s a playground where you basically can’t do anything wrong…

"Glam Nude" Look

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Runtime - length of the film: 19m01s
Language: english
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In glamour / nude photography the subjects are portrayed in alluring and exciting ways ranging from fully sexy clothed to nude. Glamour is primarily meant to tease and flirt with the viewer. GlamNudes are not crossing the borders to pornography and erotica at all! Tasteful glam displays maximal full frontal nudity in a Playboy style manner. More explicit shots (open legs) already fall into the category of erotica.

Images are generally composed of a subject in a still position. The subjects of "glamour" photography for professional use are often professional models, and the photographs are normally intended for commercial use, including mass-produced calendars, pinups and men's magazines; but amateur subjects are also used, and sometimes the photographs are intended for private and personal use only.

Unconventional Light 7: LEDs

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m55s
Language: english
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LEDs are another light source that are within anyone's budget. They come in different shapes and colors. Bert Stephani got an LED chain to spread on a ladder, which imitates a soft box.

Berts LED chain is even suitable as a background. See how he composes a harmonic Christmas setting by using different lights and props.

Don't shy away from experimenting with lights of any kind, the outcome might be stunning!

"Soft Nude" Look

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Runtime - length of the film: 16m19s
Language: english
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Sensuality is a subjective term, so the way you approach the composition of your sensual photography will depend on your own artistic aesthetic feeling and how you want to market your work. “Sensual” also stands as synonym for the “boudoir photography” or vice versa boudoir photography naturally contains the sensual/soft element.

Soft boudoir series are more sensitive and elegant than bold glamour portraiture and nudity is more often implied than explicit. Creating sensual series is to take variations of candid and posed photographs of the subject partly clothed or in lingerie.