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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.

Exploration of Childhood

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Runtime - length of the film: 19m23s
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New Zealand photographer Niki Boon talks about the photographic documentation of her children.

Since Niki and her husband decided to teach their children at home, Niki takes pictures of their everyday life.

Publishing her black and white photos on Facebook brought her much fame, but at the same time a lot of criticism. She has learned to deal with it and continues to make daily pictures to leave something to her children. This is something, Niki does not have from her own childhood.

Bert on the Street 4

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Runtime - length of the film: 07m37s
Language: english
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In the first three parts of our street photography series with Bert Stephani we have learned a lot about photographic techniques, styles and attitudes. In this degree, Bert is concerned about the topic of overstimulation:
 
Equipped with all the knowledge and skills the photographer goes into the streets of the city and realizes that there are lots of impressions and possibilities. This can quickly become too much for him and overwhelm his perception, which in the worst case falls into the tunnel vision mode and no longer recognizes the valuable opportunities for really good pictures.
 
To prevent this Bert has a self-proven method: It is good to focus on a particular keyword or a superordinate topic, and to use this perceptual steering to recognize what is appropriate and to ignore the unimportant. In this way, the photographer remains so relaxed that he suddenly also has opportunities for images that do not directly have something to do with the focused object.

Bert on the Street 3

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m10s
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In this third part of his street photography series Bert Stephani takes us to two photographic attitudes - the reactive and proactive photography.
 
Bert explains their differences as well as their advantages and disadvantages. Then, armed with his Fujifilm X70 compact camera on which a GoPro is stuck, he makes his way through Dinant 's streets to combine reactive and proactive street photography: He looks out for suitable scenes and while walking he photographs his impressions of the city.
 
Finally, he shows two well-done pictures from streets far away from Belgium. These examples show once again that reactive and proactive photography have their own appeal and how they can be combined in particularly lucky moments.

Bert on the Street 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m24s
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Street photography can be performed actively or passively. Bert recommends to keep a low profile for beginners to capture authentic situations.

He reveals 3 tricks to not stand out as a photographer. Mind your behaviour and consider your options in technology that is actually available to everyone.

street photography benefits from lots of practice and the occasional lucky moment. Sooner or later decisive moments will find their way onto your sensor.

Bert on the Street 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m25s
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Bert Stephani introduces you to the magic of street photography. Despite being an experienced photographer, being out on the street is always an exciting experience.

The appeal is to observe situations that you cannot direct. It takes a fair amount of luck to capture strangers in special constellations.

Bert recommends how to behave in the street to not draw attention to yourself. There's also gear especially suitable for street photography, while other is better left at home. He also shares advice on how to approach strangers.

Shooting Portraits During Midday

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m07s
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On location in the Provence (Southern France) Steven von Veen helps us master the light situations when the midday sun is high in the sky.

Many are forewarned not to shoot in these strong light situations. We get three valuable strategies to deal with the harsh lighting. The lovely Felicia helps demonstrate some posing techniques to exploit the strong light. The old adage "Where there is light there is shadow" is then demonstrated by using the available reflected light to produce excellent portraits. And finally using filtered shadows to create interesting patterns on the subject. The main message is don't let the harsh light keep you from making great pictures.

Use it to your advantage and let Steven von Veen show you how.

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.

 

Key light from behind

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m38s
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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.

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.