Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mario Testino


Mario Testino is one of the most respected fashion photographers in the world.  He has shot his fair share of high-end magazine covers such as Vogue and Vanity Fair.  He has also shot his fair share of top models such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Gisele Bundchen.

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Alongside Vogue, Testino has shot campaigns for global fashion brands such as Burberry, Versace, and Calvin Klein.

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Testino is also the photographer of the Royal family of England whenever they choose to be profiled in a luxurious publication.  He had the luxury of shooting Princess Diana for Vanity Fair magazine in 1997.

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I really like this fashion photographer because he is the best in the business.  He is the top of the heap!  I think he does an outstanding job!!!

Here is a link to his website:

– Garrett Whaley


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Photography with water

As a child and up to today I’ve always been intrigued by water, and how people can take pictures of water and photograph underwater. In order to take underwater pictures you need a waterproof case, which can be expensive, and to take pictures of water you must need good light.

Some of the most beautiful pictures involve water and to me it’s among the most interesting.

Its one thing to take a picture of your fish bowl,

Its another to take a photo of the fish in the sea.

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Erik Sweet

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Zev’s Fiddleoak

About a year ago I came across  Zev’s work. Instead of studying, I spent the rest of the evening relishing in it. Although they may be tiny people, they appeared to tell big stories. The biggest one being he is only fifteen!

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If you want to know more about the man behind the lens and read about his 4-6 hour editing process:

BBC even did a mini documentary on him.


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Dust and Dance

Dust and Dance is a photography series created by Thomas David. The “Dust and Dance” series is a high speed photo shoot using flour to coat the models as they moved or danced. The dust was flung at the models by an assistant who was standing on the side, while Thomas shot the photo using a Canon EOS 5D.


Thomas David is a french photographer whose passion for photography is evident by his portfolio. His line of work scales from landscapes, objects, children, dance, portraits and more. His most recent albums are the 365 project and Dust and Fight.


I think this series is extremely gorgeous because it is so different. Personally, as a fellow dancer this series caught my eye because of how flawless it is. Everything from the dancers to the dust is in focus and can be seen from a distance. The series also encourages a photographer to be more creative and think outside of the box. The effort put into this series shows how creativity can pay off.

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AUTHOR: Michelle Rideau

Want to see more of Thomas’ portfolio? Click here.

Watch a behind the scenes video for the Dust and Dance series here.

Want to know the setup for the Dance and Dust photo shoot? Click here.

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Ethan Russell

Ethan Russell is a photographer who takes photos of musicians. He is also known as “the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who.

Russell was born on November 26, 1945 in Mt. Kisco, NY. He attended college at University of California, Davis where he majored in Art and English. He was introduced to photography at Davis, but did not work professionally until he traveled to England in 1968.

In 1969. he was hired by Rolling Stones magazine to take professional photos. Later that year, he was invited by Neil Aspinall, a British music industry executive, to take photos of The Beatles for their “Let it Be” album artwork cover, as shown below:


Russell’s photographs ended up on the cover and gatefold of the LP, the last the Beatles released. Russell’s photographs show four men trying to rescue their fading musical marriage. Russell was among three photographers at the final formal photo session of the Beatles on August 22, 1969. This was held at Tittenhurst Park, a home then owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and later owned by Ringo Starr . Other photographers participating were Monte Fresco of the Daily Mirror, and Beatles’ assistant Mal Evans.

He also went on to photograph other musicians and bands, such as:

The Who

The Who


Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

and Audioslave.


Now, Russell is working on film as well as photography for musicians and bands.

For a full biography about Russell, click this link:

Check out his other works as well (you can purchase some of his works as well, but unless you have a fat wallet, I wouldn’t recommend it):

AUTHOR: Shane A. Smith

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Smoke Art Photography

I chose this topic to discuss smoke art and how it is used in photography.

Smoke art, in its simplest definition, is art that features smoke. The smoke can be considered the subject or the medium to create something else. Some focus on its own beauty and pureness, others use it as ‘paint’ to create stunning artwork.

One of the best descriptive terms for smoke art photography is aleatoric. It is an aleatoric art form because it is art that’s created through chance, relying heavily on randomness to give it its spark. The photographer’s attraction to this genre lies in capturing smoke in any of its variously indeterminate shapes, sizes and wispy strands.

Have a look for yourself. I have personally chosen a few of my favorites below:

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Smoke Art 2

Smoke Art 3 (tribal)


As you can see, smoke art photography can be used to create different shapes and various, intriguing artwork. Take these, for example:

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Smoke art photography is intricate, intriguing, and it shows a much detailed way of shooting photos in a dark studio. I, personally, enjoy this and I think that it’d be a pretty cool technique to use.

No, you don’t have to smoke in order to make this intriguing set of art, but you can also learn how to do this by following this link (don’t burn anything to the ground as you do this):

This type of photography actually intrigued me because it’s one of the many extraordinary things you can do with ordinary objects.

The person who is most notable for smoke art photography is a man named Graham Jeffery. He describes this as “like the Rorschach inkblot test”. Interesting read.

Check it out:

AUTHOR: Shane A. Smith

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Art & Science of Photography

I chose this topic to show the scientific roots of photography and its evolution throughout the years. I chose the contribution of Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, a Frenchman, who explored using light to create picture in 1790’s. It was his trials with lithography that in 1813 led him to create heliography and produce the earliest known photograph in camera around 1827.

First Photograph

First Photograph


Highlighting the Elements

First Picture Reproduction

How we see the objects around us and how we project them defines the artistic creativity of a photographer. This is what I call the visionary style of a photographer.
Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, noted that “the truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught.” To National Geographic photographer, Robert Draper, lens, lighting and the moment define a photographer’s style. As such “the very best of their images remind us that a photograph has the power to do infinitely more than document. It can transport us to unseen worlds.”

Shirin Jamasb

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