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Ryan Brenizer

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m19s
Language: english
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The Brenizer Method

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"Brenizer" should be a familiar name in the world of photography. It's a novel photo technique we've introduced in a previous video. Ryan Brenizer is the pioneer of this method and one of the most famous wedding photographers.
 
We met the New Yorker in Italy for an interview. Having started in journalism, he eventually found into photography and combined it with his passion for weddings.
 
He and his wife Tatiana are an experienced team. Ryan shares what's important to him in photography and what kind of response he tries to achieve.

Malick Sidibé

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m14s
Language: french with english subtitles
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Malick Sidibé is an African example of contemporary photography. He documented people of Mali and created a lasting image of his homeland.

Born before the age of digital photography, he represents the analogue process with strong conviction. He describes his sleepless work routine, as people queued up outside his photostudio.

See why Sidibé cherished his work and sees photography as the ultimate medium.

Michele Borzoni

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m13s
Language: english
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Michele Borzoni is an Italian photojournalist. He has been to Nepal, Kashmir and did stories about his homeland.

In 2006 he founded TerraProject to collaborate with photographers. Borzoni covers subjects ranging from social to documentary. He provides insight into strange cultures and past times, for which he travels the world.

A review on his work shows his fascination for the medium.

Jeff Dunas

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m59s
Language: english
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Jeff Dunas from California learned the craft of photography by working for Playboy during his early 20's. Having a different vision of the female form however made him publish his own books and magazines.

After living in Paris and moving back to L.A., he got into portraying celebrities and developed a brief and intense conduct to achieve his own distinctive pictures.

He employed his experience to implement his book "State of the Blues", using every precious minute to document the greatest musicians of the Blues genre.

Tina Barney II

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Runtime - length of the film: 7m36s
Language: english
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Tina Barney I

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Tina Barneys narratives literally became more personal, since she did self-portraits in familiar settings.

Finally she explored new grounds, from local museums to central Europe. "Small Towns" documents the life of her domestic small town. The Project about traditions and generations bridges to Barneys earlier work "Theater of Manners".

Tina Barney I

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m05s
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Tina Barney II

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Tina Barneys work can be described as a professional family album. The Museum of Modern Art in New York ignited her passion for photography.

She learned the craft of taking pictures and printing at an art center in Idaho, to make family and friends her later subjects.

Barney staged some of her pictures to create narratives. Her work documents time and became more intimate with it.

Bettina Rheims

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m21s
Language: english
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We spent a day at Camera Work in Berlin with French Photographer Bettina Rheims to explore her latest exhibition. Her series "Gender Studies" is all about transgender.

The Web helped her recruiting people from across the globe who share this lifestyle. Not only the pictures, but the very models spoke for themselves, as the show featured voice recordings to accompany the images.

The encounter with the "third sex" ist just as peculiar as Rheims' earlier works "Chambre Close" and "I.N.R.I.", the latter of which is a contemporary portrayal of the bible.

We thank Camera Work for accessing their gallery and realising the interview.

Lifestyle vs Portraits

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Runtime - length of the film: 19m51s
Language: english
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There are photographers who know the difference between lifestyle and portrait photography, but there are also those who really don’t know or “see” the difference, regardless how many photos they take. In this video, Mike Larson explains the difference between the two styles, shooting a couple with a fun, fresh and modern approach.

Portrait photography is when the subject is posing for the photographer in some way and Lifestyle photography is all about capturing “life” as it is happening, regular interactions, moments that memories are made of and the story they tell. Larson’s style is very practical, something most photographers can appreciate. Moreover, photographers wishing to learn the rules of shooting couples so that the photos are useable will find this video very informative. The most important thing when shooting portraits, especially those of a couple, is the body language and interaction between them. Larson works with his models in a way that he puts them at ease so that everything they are doing feels comfortable. Intimate shots of a couple cuddling or kissing, or being very close for that matter can be extremely difficult at times, especially if the couple feels that they are doing something awkward. Keeping models relaxed is the key to perfect, professional results. Larson also points out how to solve simple problems that can arise on a portrait shooting, such as keeping both models on the same focal plane and body positioning that will help for better posture or to elongate a model’s neck.

Larson’s approach to lifestyle photography is somewhat generous, but highly effective in that he prefers to shoot a great number of photos as the action is taking place, and since he always gives the couple a certain idea or exciting scenario to work on before shooting, he is guaranteed a winning shot out of the many variations from the images. Whether you are shooting a couple or one model, this video will definitely help you create your best portrait or lifestyle shot.