Month: February 2018

Ruben Terlou is a Dutch documentary photographer capturing China with the Phase One XF Camera System with the IQ3 100MP Digital Back

Documenting a documentary photographer

Documentary photography is a way of witnessing and capturing otherwise unknown people and places at a moment in time. Ruben Terlou is an award-winning Dutch photographer, a journalist, and medical doctor. He is known for his ability to seek out and capture special and secret places in the country that fascinates him more than any other – China. He has presented the highly acclaimed VPRO six-episode documentary, “Along the Banks of the Yangtze, China through the eyes of photographer, Ruben Terlou.” And in early 2018, he released a second documentary television series, “Through the heart of China.” Documentary photography Ruben’s fascination with China began at age 19 when he lived there studying Mandarin for almost two years with a dream of basing himself in China as a professional photographer. Although that dream was not realized and he returned home to study medicine, his passion for China remained. He channeled his passion into two documentary series for Dutch national television about contemporary Chinese life in which he combined his photography. “By stopping time, these photographs offer …

Portrait photographer, Jay Brooks, shooting celebrity portraits by Stanley Tucci with Phase One IQ2 50MP Digital Back

Finding theatre in portrait photography

Images of celebrities are ubiquitous. When you see a portrait picture that captures a still moment of a familiar face, it speaks in a unique way. There are some portrait photographers that have a gift for realizing that special ‘look’ that catches a wordless message in an intimate moment. It’s in these captures that fleeting gazes, eternalized in photographs, captivate audiences. For Jay Brooks, it started with a passion for theatre and a college interest in the magic he found in darkrooms. He originally intended to be a set designer for film and theatre, taking a degree in the subject, until his interest in photography took over. He finished his studies and began working as a photographer assistant, and so began Jay’s career. A career that still reflects the lessons and disciplines learned in theatre. “There is a kind of theatre that goes on in every portrait session, a kind of dance between the photographer and the subject. I like dancing, and I like faces, I don’t think I could shoot anything that doesn’t talk …

Bela Raba is a fashion photographer shooting with Phase One IQ2 50MP Digital Back and 80mm, 55mm, and 35mm Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses

Fashion and advertising photography with medium format and DSLR

Bela Raba is a German-based photographer, specializing in fashion and advertising photography. She has worked around the globe for more than 20 years and has a studio in Munich. Bela’s father was a successful freelance fashion photographer in the 1970s. Inspired by him, she began taking pictures herself at the age of 15. By age 19, Bela had enrolled in a three-year photography course before working in the USA for a fashion catalogue photographer for some years. After which she followed up with a Master’s Grade in photography and proceeded to pursue her own work. In this series about why photographers opt to use medium format in addition to DSLR, we explore Bela Raba’s point of view. What’s in your camera bag and why that equipment choice?  My equipment consists of: Phase One IQ2 50MP Digital Back 80mm, 55mm, and 35mm Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses Canon EOS 1 X 24-70mm 2:8, 50mm 1:2, and 100mm macro lenses Profoto 7 series light equipment (7a, 7s, and 12 lamp heads) Profoto B2X “We all know that …

Tom Lindboe is a US-based Danish advertising photographer, who has worked through many genres of photography, from fashion, beauty, architecture, interior, lifestyle, to industrial photography using Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Camera System

Using both DSLR and medium format

Tom Lindboe is a US-based Danish advertising photographer, who has worked through many genres of photography, from fashion, beauty, architecture, interior, lifestyle, to industrial photography. His clean, graphic Scandinavian style is the signature of his work. Like most photographers, his camera bag contains more than one camera. We sat down with Tom and asked him what’s behind his camera choices. What drives you and your photography?  “I think what drives me is a curiosity for photography and its impact, as well as the constant evolution of technology and self-development that lies in that craft. Trying to discover new areas of photography and getting out of my comfort zone is also extremely interesting to me. I have many clients that give me jobs I would not normally do, but they understand my image language and appreciate it, often wanting to have something different than they usually get. I have been shooting on Nikon, Canon, Mamiya, Sinar, Fuji, Leica, Hasselblad and Sony cameras, but it was only with the XF Camera System that I experienced upgrades that …