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The Photographer Action Figure!

Where was this when we were kids? Honestly, I would have still played with my Alien and Predator toys, however, I am sure this would inspire young kids to be photographers (maybe). 

Check this bad ass out, switching lenses and checking out CNN for the latest details. On top of that, he looks a little like Leonardo DiCaprio. This is highly accurate because we photographers are a good looking bunch. Who wouldn’t want to make us into action figures? We’re the definition of perfect. Don’t take this away from me. 

Well, it finally happened. Admit it, you kind of want to buy one, even at this age. "It’s for our son, honey, I promise!"

They are calling him “War Journalist: Battlefield Hero.

It’s a 1/16th replica, clearly modeled after the average photographer. Jealous, everyone else?

Oh, and he’s a Canon shooter. Nikon users, don’t be upset just yet. I am sure the reason for this is so he can take on the Evil Canon Photographer from North Korea in this video. 

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Where can you get one? I’ve been told through an ebay search, however at the moment they seem to be sold out. If you do find one, they will be around $100. 

Thanks to Filipe for the find!

(Source: petapixel.com)

Talent House: Free Opportunities for All Creatives

I stumbled upon this website by accident, and I was so elated that I had to share this with you guys. 

 

If you haven’t heard about it. Check out: 

http://www.talenthouse.com/creative

That’s right, it’s opportunities for all creatives to be involved in getting noticed and doing some amazing things for amazing people! If you’re talented and just need the audience or recognizition to get yourself out there, then this is your calling. 

If you’re one of those really talented people who just has a hard time marketing yourself, this is your time

If you’re a videographer, photographer, painter, fashion designer, artist, or anything else, you can take part!

"So many great painters, great musicians, great geniuses ended with nothing. With broken hearts in rooms with broken windows. I want to see artists sitting at the table that decide the outcome of their lives."

Talenthouse is the world’s first all creative community.

Beginning with film, fashion, art, music and photography Talenthouse empowers all artists to create original content, collaborate with each other and become recognised by a global audience.

Our mission is to liberate all artists.

Beyond the Shot: Chris Steinbach
We have with us, fashion photographer, Chris Steinbach (http://www.chrissteinbach.com/). Chris is not only a tremendously talented photographer but a really humble and hard working person. His personality is as great as his quality of work. This image struck my attention immediately. I asked Chris to talk about everything that took place behind the scenes of this shot, from preparation to execution, for both education and entertainment purposes. Before the Shoot: Preparation A while back I did an editorial where the styling team had this really interesting ring as an accessory for one of the looks. The piece had sort of a “Mad Max” kind of feel to it, which I was really into. I later came into contact with the guy from Detroit at an industry related event and we set it up to shoot a few of his main pieces. It didn’t take a lot of thought to develop a story for them and I knew that I was just going to stick to that dark, apocalyptic feeling that I personally got from the pieces. 
When it came to casting a model I sent out a message to some bookers in the area and that’s when we found Trudi, who happened to be in LA for a few weeks from Australia. She had really strong, interesting features that the makeup artist was able to exaggerate that I feel complimented the look nicely. It was a fairly easy story for us to organize and I think we were all happy with the turnout.During the ShootThe shoot and light setup was really quite simple. I used one light diffused through an octobox, high and center in front of a white wall in the studio. For the video portion, a modeling lamp was used in lieu of the strobe.Post ProductionWhen it comes to post production, I like to keep things pretty straight forward, but this one definitely had a touch more than I’m used to doing for a shoot. I shot everything in camera at a warmer temperature which gives it that kinda of peach color. High contrast and curve adjustments are where most of the difference is made I think. For the “blurry color” effect that the images have, that was achieved by shooting at a really shallow depth at the beginning and then dark color spots were added by layering brush strokes and duplicate images in Photoshop. I think It’s really easy to overdo it in Photoshop and since I don’t typically to do a lot of it, I had to kind of force myself to back off when I felt like it was becoming too much. I applied the same editing routine to all of the images in the story and just sort of used my eyes to determine where I wanted each image to have the shadows and colors. When it was all said and done, I placed the images on my site and my blog as normal. The crow hat image has probably become one of my more popular and recognizable images, though I should mention that hat was borrowed from another stylist and just thrown in to add a different element to the story. I always wanted to see that story get picked up by a reputable publication so I hope that one day we might see that happen. If not, no big deal and all in all I am happy with the outcome. I just enjoy creating and trying new things with talented individuals that can come together to create a nice photo or piece of art that we can all look back on and be happy about.
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Chris, we thank you for your time! Your work is beautiful and we appreciate the information you’ve divulged to us. I know many people appreciate it. 
Be sure to check out Chris’s work at http://www.chrissteinbach.com/
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Camera

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

ISO

100

Aperture

f/3.2

Exposure

1/125th

Focal Length

42mm

Beyond the Shot: Chris Steinbach

We have with us, fashion photographer, Chris Steinbach (http://www.chrissteinbach.com/). Chris is not only a tremendously talented photographer but a really humble and hard working person. His personality is as great as his quality of work. 

This image struck my attention immediately. I asked Chris to talk about everything that took place behind the scenes of this shot, from preparation to execution, for both education and entertainment purposes.

Before the Shoot: Preparation


A while back I did an editorial where the styling team had this really interesting ring as an accessory for one of the looks. The piece had sort of a “Mad Max” kind of feel to it, which I was really into. I later came into contact with the guy from Detroit at an industry related event and we set it up to shoot a few of his main pieces. It didn’t take a lot of thought to develop a story for them and I knew that I was just going to stick to that dark, apocalyptic feeling that I personally got from the pieces. 

When it came to casting a model I sent out a message to some bookers in the area and that’s when we found Trudi, who happened to be in LA for a few weeks from Australia. She had really strong, interesting features that the makeup artist was able to exaggerate that I feel complimented the look nicely. It was a fairly easy story for us to organize and I think we were all happy with the turnout.

During the Shoot

The shoot and light setup was really quite simple. I used one light diffused through an octobox, high and center in front of a white wall in the studio. For the video portion, a modeling lamp was used in lieu of the strobe.

Post Production

When it comes to post production, I like to keep things pretty straight forward, but this one definitely had a touch more than I’m used to doing for a shoot. I shot everything in camera at a warmer temperature which gives it that kinda of peach color. High contrast and curve adjustments are where most of the difference is made I think. For the “blurry color” effect that the images have, that was achieved by shooting at a really shallow depth at the beginning and then dark color spots were added by layering brush strokes and duplicate images in Photoshop. I think It’s really easy to overdo it in Photoshop and since I don’t typically to do a lot of it, I had to kind of force myself to back off when I felt like it was becoming too much. I applied the same editing routine to all of the images in the story and just sort of used my eyes to determine where I wanted each image to have the shadows and colors. 

When it was all said and done, I placed the images on my site and my blog as normal. The crow hat image has probably become one of my more popular and recognizable images, though I should mention that hat was borrowed from another stylist and just thrown in to add a different element to the story. I always wanted to see that story get picked up by a reputable publication so I hope that one day we might see that happen. If not, no big deal and all in all I am happy with the outcome. I just enjoy creating and trying new things with talented individuals that can come together to create a nice photo or piece of art that we can all look back on and be happy about.

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Chris, we thank you for your time! Your work is beautiful and we appreciate the information you’ve divulged to us. I know many people appreciate it. 

Be sure to check out Chris’s work at http://www.chrissteinbach.com/

      Editing Your Portfolio [Link]

Photographer, Zack Arias, talks about editing and updating your portfolio. A fantastic article for any photographer. 

Excerpt: 

I’m currently in the process of updating and printing a new portfolio and I thought I would take a moment half day to talk about the process.

My dear friend, Marc, has said of editing, “It’s like lining up your children and deciding which ones you’re going to shoot.” That quote isn’t going to end up on the front of a greeting card anytime soon but it does get to the heart of the matter. Andy Lee rephrased it to, “…deciding which ones you love more.” Either way, the process can suck but it is a process you need to go through on a regular basis. At least twice a year. Minimum.

I know many of you are wondering why I’m working on a print portfolio. What about web sites, PDFs, iPhones, thumb drives, laptops, etc, etc? Are printed portfolios still relevant? In my opinion they are. That opinion also is held by many in the editorial and advertising world. I know of two leading Ad agencies that won’t meet with you if you walk in with only an electronic portfolio. They want to see your book. The printed output of your work. Anything can look good on an iPad. Can it print? Can it run larger? The devil, and the jobs, are in the details. Wedding photographers know this all too well. Do you want to deliver a disk of zeros and ones or would you rather deliver a beautifully printed album? What is going to live in plain sight? A thumb drive or a book? Which one will be cherished? Which one has lasting value? Which one makes you more excited to deliver? Which one is instant? The book. That’s which one.

…. continued in the article.