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Key light from behind

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m38s
Language: english
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Summary:

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.

Picturesque Places in Portugal

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Runtime - length of the film: 14m22s
Language: english
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Summary:

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!
 

Coached Shooting

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Runtime - length of the film: 24m02s
Language: english
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We've seen Bert Stephani in action for many times, now his assistant takes over to show what he has learned. Bert guides him through different sets and steps in whenever advice is needed.

This workshop touches on a range of topics, from camera settings to working with a model. Assistant Laurent gets to work with an experienced model. However he realises that it's demanding to combine the essentials for a successful shooting.

Greg Gormans "The Cage"

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m06s
Language: english
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"The Cage" by Greg Gorman is a portable daylight studio. It's easily set up and enables shootings anywhere.

Available light can be softened by silk or blocked completely. Reflectors are used for fill light. The back can be removed to combine a neat background with the Cage's soft light.

Greg Gorman demonstrates four ways to shoot in the Cage, that he developed himself.

Separate Couples

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m56s
Language: english
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Mike larson from California brings variety into wedding photography.
He spatially separates couples with depth and detail, which may go back together as a diptych.

Larson utilises his surroundings to pose and compose his subjects, while never being shy to improvise.
This results in authentic pictures, that look just as fun as the shoot itself.

Using the Ring Flash II

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Runtime - length of the film: 6m50s
Language: german with english subtitles
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In this FotoTV series photographer Ralph Man will discuss the Ring Flash for use in beauty and fashion applications. This first installment begins with an in-depth description of the Ring Flash and all that it can do.

Ring Flash offers a stylistic approach to creating nearly shadow free images. Unlike other flash light sources the Ring Flash is attached onto the optical axis of the camera and lens offering shadow free image results.

Ralph Man does an excellent job explaining and demonstrating the specific techniques associated with the Ring Flash. Photographers new to the Ring Flash will find this hands on tutorial very informative.

The Rainy Bunker

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m23s
Language: english
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In this FotoTV workshop photographer Hubertus Küppers takes viewers on a special shooting during the rain while his model is sheltered from the rain, posed in a concrete tunnel.

Küppers is a photographer that specializes in shooting, people, lifestyle, fashion, lifestyle and portraits. He picks out a seemingly inconspicuous location; a tunnel on the outskirts of town. He creates a shooting that fellow photographers can be inspired by, shooting in miserable conditions while it is raining. Küppers shows how to get the best of any location and what can be created from it. He plans two lighting scenarios, available light and one with a flash set-up with the assistance from Achim Friedrich of Hensel lighting systems.

First scenario is an available light scene where Küppers poses his model inside the tunnel and gives her directions to move freely inside of the tunnel to utilize the space. In the second shooting and lighting scenario he uses two lights, one as a backlight and one light from the front. Küppers gives photographers many ideas and excellent explanations of all the techniques and methods he uses.

Costa Rica

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m34s
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Tobias Hauser, who has been a photographer and photojournalist for over ten years, sits down for an informative interview with FotoTV to share some of his incredible experiences photographing the beautiful tropical scenes of New Zealand, Cuba, and his Costa Rica. Hauser’s most current project as a photojournalist is the small Central American country of Costa Rica offering divers climates and nature, volcanoes and rain forests, and incredibly rare animals to photograph. As Hauser explains, the most important aspects are to know the time of year and season to travel to Costa Rica and how to prepare and what to expect when you arrive and make your way though the country on a photo expedition. Costa Rica is definitely a land full of beauty and adventure and Hauser definitely takes his share of risks to document the abundant animal kingdom there. From crossing swollen rivers in jeeps, to tropical flash floods, Hauser years of location traveling experience has made him well prepared to reach an inspiring natural phenomenon of Costa Rica that happens on Ostinal Beach, the turtle egg laying event, or “Arribada”. Hauser recommends taking a competent rain forest guide when in Costa Rica. Not only to be able to locate, identify and photograph the wonderful, rare and often camouflaged animals, but also to watch out for deadly species that often may be hidden to the untrained eye. Hauser’s adventure does not end on land. Another recommended photo opportunity which he has experienced is the world’s largest shark migration that takes place in the Golden Triangle, between Galapagos, Cocos, and Malpeo. Hauser regularly gives lectures on location travel photography, including the Philippines, New Zealand, Cuba and most recently Costa Rica. A photo book of Costa Rica has also been published.

On Location

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Runtime - length of the film: 17m03s
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Steve Thornton

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In this FotoTV film, photographer Steve Thornton discusses and demonstrates shooting on location in a fantastic urban setting in Cologne, Germany. Other informative topics that are covered are: Models and directing them, location lighting and understanding how it affects the subject and overall scene, locations and how to scout the right one and which equipment is necessary to bring on location.

Many new photographers do not have the time or resources to obtain a studio or studio equipment. At the same time many studio photographers do not understand the potential problems when shooting at an unfamiliar location and there is almost always something unexpected that arises. Thornton guides us on his approach to shooting on location, giving many helpful tips and useful techniques. First, he scouts a location beforehand, evaluating the possibility to shoot at that location and get several scenes or shots from that one location. Today he has scouted an incredible gritty location that is not frequented by many people with some graffiti on the walls, nice textures and alleyways.

We learn from Thornton that urban scenes can be an excellent backdrop full of photographic potential for fashion work; not only the streets themselves but also warehouses, industrial areas, alleyways, doorways, and walls with old paint peeling off, anything that may provide you with remarkable shots and work visually with the subject.

Thornton uses the natural lighting conditions to his best advantage, often using a reflector for fill or a diffuser scrim to create pleasing lighting effects. He also makes appoint to change his perspective several times throughout shooting a scene to ensure the best shot possible. “Standing static in one place while photographing your model will definitely not provide any good shoots. It's important to move around and change your point of view.” He says.

Directing the models is also very important to Thornton, as he points out it is the best way to get what you want for that perfect shot. And to get that perfect shot he recommends doing whatever it takes, whether it be kneeling, or even lying on the ground. As most location photographers will learn, getting dirty once in a while comes with the territory.

Beautiful Tuscany

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Runtime - length of the film: 17m22s
Language: english
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Helmut Plamper, who has lived in Tuscany for about four years has invited FotoTV along to view some of the most beautiful scenic spots in and around Tuscany. The photo-tour begins in majestic Montefelonico, which is near Montepulciano. Of particular interest here is the Hotel La Costa, which Plamper calls the “Photo Hotel,” because of its convenient location and the amazing panorama that can be photographed directly from the hotel window by good visibility. Plamper explains that the wonderful landscape colors, tones of brown and green, not only result from the soil quality, but also from the artists of Tuscany. “They are artists that cultivate the fields with their tractors,” he quips. “And when the soil has been freshly plowed you see the dark soil, which results marvelously, in what the Americans term, “Pattern Shots.” You can’t find this great aspect anywhere as good as here in Tuscany.” Tuscany has an abundance to offer, with its many photogenic scenes, and rolling landscape. Some of the other notable tour stops included, but were not limited to, Crete Senesi, Val Dorccia, Belvedere, and San Quirico. On the road, San Quirico to Pienza, there is the admired Chapel Daveta Leta; it is a popular photo motif in Tuscany. Most impressive in the area are the many newly planted cypress trees. Plamper explains that a couple of decades prior there was a mass number of cypress tree deaths, due to a type of tree canker disease. And in the meantime many cypress trees have been reforested in an attempt to resurrect the original scene of Tuscany, to ensure magnificent cypress tree scenery that the people of Tuscany and photo-enthusiasts alike, love so well. Plamper gives useful information on traveling to and from Tuscany, as well as insider tips, and ideal times to photograph specific areas and locations there, around the year.