A Brazilian model named Nana Gouvea is the latest person to feel the scorn of the Internet. After Hurricane Sandy plowed through New York City this past week, Gouvea decided that the wreckage presented the perfect opportunity to further her career. Going out into the devastation with her husband as a photographer, she posed for a photo shoot amidst downed trees and smashed cars. She then shared the resulting portraits through her Facebook page.
Needless to say, people didn’t respond very positively to the pictures. They quickly went viral, but in a bad way. Read more…
Here’s an interesting way to provide a behind-the-scenes look at how a portrait shoot was done. After photographing British comedian Frank Skinner, UK-based photographer Harry Borden took all the unedited photos from the shoot and turned them into a one-minute time-lapse movie. The resulting short film is a glimpse into how a session progressed from one pose to another, and the different ideas that were tried. Read more…
Here’s a cool video showing what went on behind the scenes when photographer Sasha Leahovcenco was asked to shoot a drum stick ad for Vater Percussion. His subject was drummer Mike Johnston and everything from his choice of venue to the ideas that led to the final two shots make for an awesome ad. In fact rock band photographers may want to store this away for future reference, especially the main ad shot with all the drum sticks, which was created using only natural light.
Capturing photos of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes is an important job that no photographer takes lightly — after all, we’ve all seen the kind of firestorm that can result from not doing it well. So when Benjamin Von Wong had the opportunity to photograph Olympic Para Dressage Rider Natasha Baker, he made sure to do it right.
This behind the scenes video shows how he went about planning, lighting and executing the three shots that he was after. Fortunately, all the work seems to have paid off: the final three images capture three unique (and uniquely great) sides to Natasha Baker and the sport she competes in at the world class level.
It wouldn’t be the weekend without a behind the scenes look at a photo shoot, and if we can also inject a little bit of humor into it, well, in that case everyone wins. This behind the scenes comes courtesy of The New York Times and an assignment they gave to legendary sports photographer Walter Iooss Jr. The assignment was to shoot comedian Andy Samberg as several of tennis’ most iconic champions in poses they themselves were famous for.
As you can imagine their time at the studio was pretty fun, and it’s sometimes quite shocking how much like these tennis champs they made Samberg look. There’s not too much in way of educational content here, but there’s plenty to enjoy… so go enjoy!
Here’s a neat idea for a photo shoot: tarp surfing. This involves faking the look of surfing photographs using a giant blue tarp and a skateboarder riding across it. Have someone pull the tarp over the skateboarder and photograph him riding through the tube. Read more…
This behind-the-scenes video shows Montreal-based photographer Von Wong doing a photo shoot with a tango dancing duo. The shoot was spontaneous, with none of the locations preplanned, which gave Wong the opportunity to explore the environment.
Being a photographer for the National Geographic opens the door to all kinds of photo opportunities that other photographers would die for. For a Nat Geo story on “The Power of Light”, photographer (and now blogger) Joe McNally climbed to the very tip of the Empire State Building to capture a stunning wide angle photograph of the antenna light bulb being changed. Luckily for the rest of us, they also created an awesome behind-the-scenes video giving us a glimpse into how the photo was made.