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Small Model in Wide Scenery

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m11s
Language: english
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Bert Stephani and his model Jennifer are back in the Belgian countryside. This time Bert dares something unusual:
 
In portrait photography, whether in studio or outdoors, the model should play the central role in the picture. Usually photographers work with short distances and blurred backgrounds. Bert does it differently: he combines portrait and landscape photography in such a way that the model becomes part of the landscape and still stands out.
 
This is not an easy photographic exercise. On one hand the model should be noticed by the viewer, on the other hand she should not fall out of the picture. The photographer has to consider many things at the same time: eye-catching poses are important to make the small model visible in the wide landscape.
 
Visual accent, lighting, colors, lines and shapes are all important elements of a picture. Even experienced professionals like Bert have to look out for these.

Art Wolfe

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Runtime - length of the film: 05m19s
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The culture- and wildlife photographer Art Wolfe was born 1951 in Seattle, USA. He published several books. The latest curated work, "earth is my wittness", was also exhibitet in Iserlohn, where we met him for this interview.

Art Wolfe talks about the love for nature and cultures, which made him become the photographer that he is today. He is not just taking pictures, he sees himself as a man on a mission: To document and to preserve the beauty of this earth.

 

Ragnar Axelsson

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m46s
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We've visited photographer Ragnar Axelsson in Iceland for an interview. He reports on his books "Last Days of the Arctic" and "Behind the Mountains" that took many years until completion.

"Last Days of the Arctic" documents the life of Greenland's natives, the Inuit. Ragnar describes the human impact on the Arctic and the risks he had to face.

"Behind the Mountains" tells the story of an Icelandic shepherd. Ragnar followed him since adolescence. He documented his work in the mountains of Iceland and his gradual changing life.

Observe Ragnar's world of snow, ice, nature and its danger

Composing with Time

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m47s
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Time, Time, Time,, we never seem to have enough. And how can we use it effectively ?
In photography this is something that rarely gets any special attention. If there light enough we don' t even think about it.  And with Auto everything on the camera, this liability is covered ... automatically.

What if we were able to really think about time and how this bears on the photo and then... crazy as it sounds ... try to use TIME to creatively make a given static location look like  something different? This is what Serdar from Photographer's Crossing  has done in this really informative new film.

At a prime sunset location along the Atlantic coast, in beautiful Portugal, we see how varying the time can create all kinds of possibilities in your results.  With insider tips for diminishing light and what extras you might need for a seaside photo sojourn, Serdar jumps right in with recommended times and exposures to help you achieve the best effects with fast receding daylight, water and rocks. So rock on !

Susan Meiselas

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m54s
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American Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas guides through her exhibition "Carrying the Past, Forward".
 
Meiselas is known for her visual storytelling in documentary style. Her photographs are often mixed with other media, for example interviews or handmade books. She has received numerous awards for her artistic work.
 
"Carrying the Past, Forward" deals with the issue of migration in the 70s, 80s and 90s. In her major works "Crossings" and "Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History", which are combined in the exhibition, Meiselas inspects the movement of refugees in Central America and the Middle East. She illuminates the individual lives of those who had to leave their homes and lost their loved ones due to political circumstances.
 
In the face of today's current affairs Susan's works are as topical as ever. They happened in other places and by different causes, but the needs of the people are exactly the same.

Raghu Rai

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m41s
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Photographer Raghu Rai from India originally worked for the Government as a civil engineer. In 1965 he decided to follow the example of his elder brother and step into photography.
 
One year later his career began when he worked with Indian magazine "The Statesman". In 1984 Rai attained special recognition for his photos of the Bhopal gas tragedy.
 
In our FotoTV. Interview he talks about his attitude to photography and photojournalism that determined his commercial career. He also talks about his personal projects in which the workaday life takes a high priority. And of course the interview is about his home India, to which he has devoted 50 years of photography.

Grey Filters in Landscape Photography

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Runtime - length of the film: 17m46s
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Sedar Ugurlu is back on the coast of Portugal to help us understand the function and use of grey filters. He readily shares his own preferences and experience as to which filter types and why when making timed exposures.

Since his subject is typically landscapes he shows us two different types of neutral density filters An explanation in the way vendors mark their filters and how the markings translate to f-stops and exposure compensation and their relevant calculations is given a thorough treatment.

In his demonstration and application we see how to use the properties of the neutral density filter in combination with a standard grey filter. Which filters for which applications is discussed as well as what additional accessories might be useful, cable release,  exposure calculation apps, filter mounts etc.

If you've been wondering how to make breathtaking timed exposures with dramatic skies.and sculptured seascapes. You can start right here... grab your tripod...

Picturesque Places in Portugal

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Runtime - length of the film: 14m22s
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Serdar Ugurlu and Chris Bothner have been searching out some of the best shooting locations and want to share their experience and best locations with all of us.

Some people take vacation pictures and some people take picture vacations. Serdar wants to show us how to make the most of a great location: Portugal - The key apparently is that in an around Lisbon are some of the most picturesque locations on the Atlantic Seaboard and they are all with in an hour of each other!

Serdar introduces us to the west side and explains the benefits of hitting certain beaches at high and low tide. Once one location has been shown, he lets Chris take over with the next location. So tune-in and turn on-on to Portugal. Landscape and sunset shooting at it's peak!
 

Creative Nature Photography 6

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m05s
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Out of your easy chair and into the woods. Nature photographer Hans-Peter Schaub is back with another film. This time we are going to see how best to utilize a long focal length to advantage when shooting in the woods.

Common pre-conceptions about shooting in nature are put to the test as Hans-Peter demonstrates how using the Telephoto lens in both close-up and in targeting interesting details in a landscape are best achieved. The shallow depth is exploited in both subtly changing composition with focal points in close quarters and also in using the inherent compression of the narrow field of view to blend  interesting elements in a landscape.

These techniques can lead us out of the woods, so to say and can keep you and your photo results closer to nature.

Richard Misrach

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Runtime - length of the film: 9m42s
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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.