I was in LA earlier this month and had the opportunity to shoot with a model long on my wishlist, Mckenzie Eckels. One of my gimmicks during this trip was a diffusion filter roll bought 2 years ago but never used; I was inspired to chop holes in it by 1950s Vogue photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, and we took advantage of messing up Mckenie’s makeup towards the end on the diffusion.
This ended up being one of my favorite images from the trip, one that barely shows the model but shows a lot of personality. Shot with the Fuji X-T2 with the magnificent Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R.
I’ve put together a little formula for how I’ve conducted my recent shoots, which is: some video, which takes a while to compile/ edit/ do fx + sound for etc., and then some instant film shots, which are already done the moment they come out of the camera. This seems to satisfy the need for immediate results while giving me something to work on for the next couple months.
Alina aka Thumbelina
It’s fascinating how sometimes the work that gets the best response is the stuff that’s simplest or easiest or quickest to create like this. These were shot with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film, my new go-t0 creative tool for stills!
On my youtube channel I have a couple video tutorial/ reviews of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera…
…and the new monochrome film I use to make these!
One of the imaging techniques I’ve used for my surreal portraits is scenography- shoving people on a scanner and taking advantage of the unique depth of field properties, as well as having the subject shift around while the scanner bed is in transit. Scanners are wonderful for high definition imaging and getting the weird, artsy look so many photo artists strive for.
I’ve just posted a new Skillshare on my favorite genre of photography – the Creative Portrait. Photography has been my primary teaching focus for a decade and I truly feel the conceptual part of how to put together a shoot is overlooked. Technical proficiency is important, but so are finding subjects, designing an approach to shooting them, using styling properly, etc. so I wrote an e-book about this last year and now have this Skillshare version of the book up! The next 10 signups are free- no need to be a Skillshare member- after that, it’s behind the premium paywall.
Out TODAY – my e-book guide to creative photographic portraiture, “Capturing the Face.”
- It’s exclusive to the Kindle store, but can be read on any Kindle app
- It is structured around the 10 essential ingredients to creating art photography that communicates with style and depth
- it’s 44 pages and $2.99- roughly the same price of an energy drink, but it’ll improve your life rather than sending you to an early grave.
Have fun with it!
As the heat is shrinking slightly around Phoenix, Maggie and I are getting out more and taking more photos. I look forward to the kinds of emotions she gives me in our shoots, they are always a surprise. If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it! For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.
While traveling in Mexico City I was struck by how many people were making out in public, particularly in a few extremely public areas where I would look in each direction and see a couple having a moment. Mexico City is a place where no one but the odd tourist (aka myself) has a camera so I stood around for a while, waged war with my inner demons as to whether it was okay to take photos or not, and went ahead and did it; here’s a couple of couples.
If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it! For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.