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Light Feathering Part 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m46s
Language: english
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Light Feathering Part 1

Summary:

Martin Krolop, often in the company of beautiful women, doesn't disappoint. Here putting the theory from the introduction now into the practice.

The feathering technique outlined previously is now demonstrated using a softbox and a lovely model from Paris, France, nonetheless. The trick to feathering is indirect light. You will see here how to use a large softbox instead of two lights to create an evenly balanced portrait.

You won't want to miss this excellent video on how to get the most out of a softbox and a pleasing result in the end. Tune-in!

Jock Sturges

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m01s
Language: english
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The American Jock Sturges studied perceptual psychology and photography. Today he is known internationally for his recordings on Californian, Spanish and Frenche nudist beaches. His intention lays not in eroticism. He is concerned with the representation of beauty, fragility and especially of "truth" that runs through his entire work as an internal claim.
 
For Sturges a true image arises when the model can be totally herself. Without instructions - and at the beginning also without camera - a situation can be quite natural and produces interesting moments that have to be catched very fast.
 
In our interview the photographer reports on his way to this extraordinary genre. He also introduces his latest book "Fanny", which was published in 2014 by Steidl Verlag. It is named after a young woman that Sturges already photographed as a five years old girl.

Light Feathering Part 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m30s
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Summary:

Master photographer Martin Krolop based in Cologne is here with the first in a series on lighting techniques. The technique presented here, known as light feathering allows the user to get the most out any given light source.

Important to get the key concepts before traversing further, Martin lays down the basics in a clear and concise manner. So when you do understand what you're doing, you will be able to apply this technique to your unique advantage. This is one of those "less is more" concepts, but careful attention to detail and placement are the factors that exploit the physics of light so that you can make full body shots illuminated with a uniform light... and who needs more than one light anyway?

Another for the lets keep it simple crowd...but so much more ... Jump in now as the rest will be based around this opening technique. Tune In it's happening NOW!!

"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
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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.

"Soft Nude" Look

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Runtime - length of the film: 16m19s
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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.

"Classic Nude" Look

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Runtime - length of the film: 18m15s
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Classic/Fine art nude photography depicts the nude human body with an emphasis on form, composition, emotional content, and other aesthetic qualities. The distinction between fine art photography and other sub-genres is not absolute, but there are certain defining characteristics.

The nude figure becomes part of the overall composition and the aim is not to focus on the model’s nudity itself in a voyeuristic or alluring way but rather on her turning into an appealing but unagitated element of the scene. The model is not sexualized or arousing.

Art Nudes in a studio-setting often focuses on the human form as a study, from purely anatomical to abstract to compositional. On location, the nude figure is placed in a carefully selected (sometimes unusual) environment and in context as juxtaposition.

Mona Kuhn

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m40s
Language: english
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Laia Abril
Laura Letinsky

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The photographer Mona Kuhn has German ancestors but was born in Brazil. She had her photographic debut with her monograph "Photographs", that appeared 2004 by Steidl Verlag.

In her nude portraits she pursues an unusual approach: First she builds strong relationships to her models before they are photographed. This results in natural, intimate pictures of nude people who feel comfortable in their own skin. For Kuhn it is always important to abstract the images in order "not to tell the whole story."

In this interview Kuhn reports on her approach to photography and how she came to her latest project "Private".

Tod Papageorge

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m33s
Language: english
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Lucien Clergue

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In the early 1960s Tod Papageorge began to photograph. Throughout that decade he significantly shaped the street photography in New York and collaborated with Garry Winogrand, Joel Meyerowitz and John Szarkowski. 1970 and 1977 he got Guggenheim Fellowships in order to devote himself entirely to his photographic work. Since 1979 he has been professor at Yale University, where he directs the course of studies for graduates in photography.

In our FotoTV. interview speaks about his beginnings as photographer and how an exhibition of the artist Brassaï lead him from 35mm to middle format photography. Papageorge talks about his series Central Park and Studio 54 und shows some pictures of his recent work.

Several times in the video he uses the phrase "clear picture": For him clearness is the most important aspect in photography.