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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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Summary:

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.

Lea Lund & Erik K.

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m06s
Language: french with english subtitles
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In this FotoTV. interview Lea Lund and Erik K. talk about their meeting and their photographic long-term project.
 
In July 2011, the two met by chance because Erik, a guest at a wedding, smoked a cigarette outside on the street. This encounter turned into the first photo and that into a love affair - since then Lea photographs Erik. She does this every day, all over the world and from every angle.
 
Erik always remains the motive, but the real theme of the pictures are the places where they emerge. The two pay very much attention to the local setting and to special picture elements.
 
Lea's background as a designer leads her to draw all pictures with drawings. She doesn't betray us, what exactly and how she does it. "It would be careless," she says with a smile.

Key light from behind

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

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.

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.

Nude Poses

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m30s
Language: english
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In this FotoTV film, photographer Corwin von Kuhwede is back with great tips and sensual views on how to take beautiful nude photos.

Today’s tutorial concentrates on the visual and compositional aspects of the photograph instead of focusing so much on the technical components. With just two lighting set-ups Kuhwede creates a simplistic and sensual atmosphere for nude photos. More important is the emphasis on the body and creating forms that are symmetrical and flowing. Kuhwede uses few props and photography equipment for today’s shooting. A chair will serve as his only prop to pose his model. And today Kuhwede directs his model to create several dynamic nude poses.

This tutorial is great for photographers that want to work on classic poses for the nude form as well as photographers that want to experiment with atypical poses. His two light set-ups are one main light with a reflector to illuminate the shaded areas of the face and one set-up with the light placed directly above the model. It is with this set-up that Kuhwede creates some unique and one a kind images.