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Gaining inspiration from Gustav Klimt’s painting “The Kiss”

Phase One sat down with Bella Kotak to find out more about the inspiration and equipment behind her emotional image “The Kiss.” What was your inspiration? The Kiss was inspired by a painting that I love called “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. It features a couple wrapped in a romantic embrace, surrounded by patterns of gold. At this point in my life, I too was wrapped in a romantic embrace, soon to be married to my best friend, and since we still do the long distance relationship, every day we’re together feels like a fairytale. This feeling was the inspiration behind this picture. I wanted to create something that captured this feeling, this point in time, a feeling that I’m sure many people can relate and resonate with. After all, who doesn’t love a happy new beginning? How did you go about styling the models? When it came to the styling of Maria, I reached out to designer, Agnieszka Osipa, a woman whose creative, detailed craft I admire. I selected a dress that had beautiful …

Capturing natural beauty with the Trichromatic

To test the new wifi tethering feature in the XF IQ4 Camera System we asked Phase One photographer Yulia Gorbachenko to put the camera through its paces on a real fashion and beauty shoot. Learn more about what inspired these beautiful images and how the combination of the new Infinity Platform and the Trichromatic is a dream team for fashion photography. What got you interested in fashion/beauty photography? “I was always an avid beauty fan. I am inspired by strong, unique, beautiful, and happy women. I’m drawn to their confidence and charisma. For me beauty is in small details and beautiful imperfections.” What is your biggest source of inspiration when preparing for a fashion shoot “It can be really anything: model, color pallete, architecture, landscape, movie, beauty or fashion trend. ” What were your initial thoughts when Phase One asked you to be one of the first photographers to shoot the Phase One XF IQ4 100MP Trichromatic Camera System? “I felt absolutely lucky! I used the Phase One camera system before (and LOVED it) and …

We spoke with photographer, Ausra Babiedaite to get an insider’s perspective on capturing natual colors with the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back.

The beauty of skin tones, captured in pure color

We spoke with photographer Ausra Babiedaite to get an insider’s perspective on capturing natural colors with the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back. Capturing natural colors “I loved the concept itself. To photograph models with different skin tones and to use the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back that is capable of replicating colors as close as the human eye sees it. The beauty of different skin tones, captured in pure color. Together with Stylist Lotte Sindahl, we decided on a very neutral styling for this shoot. Various beige color nuances dominate the clothing choices together with some warmth of the color brown and some of the coolness of the color white. Beige is neutral, calm, and relaxing. It is a very flexible color that works beautifully with earthy tones.” “The risk in choosing such an unvaried palette is obvious, the image can easily become relatively plain. With IQ3 100MP Trichromatic, however, the result I find to be quite the opposite. The system provided me the ability to emphasize the subtle and varied beauty of not only the …

True color & extreme details with the Trichromatic Camera System

The sensor in the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic is our highest achievement in color technology. It has taken the rendering of natural colors to a level never before seen. The technical details from the 16-bit file, superior color render at a hardware level, abilities to capture the subtle and dynamic variation of the tiniest slivers of colors are just some of the headlines this technology has achieved; but the proof of its capabilities is, of course, in the photography. What we talk about when we talk about color We spent some time with the professional photographer, Andrea Zvadova, who specializes in portrait, fashion and beauty photography. Photographing human skin is one of the most nuanced and difficult-to-perfect color surfaces, given the human eye’s ability to see and interpret details on a primal level, far beyond what we consciously process. The need for perfection in capturing human skin, therefore, is one of the reasons Phase One focused on achieving a color fidelity color capture at sensor level than any other camera available. Taking the technology to a …

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 …

Andrea Belluso also known as ‘The Light Shaper’ shares his tips and techniques on lightning using Phase One XF Camera System and the Trichromatic

Andrea Belluso’s Lighting Techniques

Andrea Belluso was introduced to the great fashion photographer, Bardo Fabiani at the age of sixteen. One week later, he quit school and became Fabiani’s assistant. Today, Andrea Belluso is known as “the Light Shaper” by Profoto thanks to his unique expertise in photographic lighting. He is currently based in London and in Stockholm where he has his studio. We arranged a photo shoot with Andrea to see the master in action and hear his story on how he became known as The Light Shaper. What drives you in photography?  “I have been working as a fashion and beauty photographer for many years, almost 35 to be precise, but in the last couple of years I have also been shooting cars for Cadillac and food for Electrolux and Nestlé, as well as shooting a lot of portraits. So, until I started shooting subjects other than fashion and beauty, my photography was driven by elegance, aesthetics and a deep curiosity and interest in fashion and beauty.” “Nowadays, it is driven by the hunger of creating beautiful images for …

Phase One top most-liked posts on Instagram 2017

Your favorite Instagram posts of 2017

2017 has been a year full of stunning pictures, incredible journeys, and stories that have entertained us all. We decided to get nostalgic and look back on 2017’s top 9 most-liked posts as a big thank-you to all you fantastic photographers and followers. We’re so grateful to you all for supporting us, liking our pictures, and engaging with our posts. Much more to come in 2018! Incredible portraits in medium format Your most-liked picture of the year is this portrait of Christopher Walken by Rick Wenner “This portrait of the incredible Christopher Walken is one of my all-time favorite images I’ve shot. I was assigned by Observer to go to Walken’s home in Connecticut and was told that I would get an hour of his time, which blew my mind as I am used to only getting a few minutes with celebrities. We had multiple setups ready to go when Chris (he let me call him Chris) was ready and we started with this seamless background set up. We had a nice conversation while I …

Michael Tonsberg for the XF Camera System Feature Update 4

Feature Update 4 – A focus on focus

Now expanding the XF Camera System for the fourth time. Take a look at the new features and watch professional studio photographers in action. Read more about the new features here. Autofocus & Recompose for product shots See how photographers, Michael Tonsberg and Carsten Esbensen, make use of Autofocus & Recompose for these product shoots of Danish jewellery companies, Lynggaard Jewellery and Georg Jensen. Focus Stacking – Freedom to express creativity Photographer Jean-Marie Michel, tries out the new Automatic Focus Stack Calculator for this shoot. See how the new focus stacking feature gives him the freedom to be more efficient. Explore the products mentioned in this story:

Photographer, Werner Pawlok shooting The Chanel Cruise in Cuba with the Phase One XF Camera System and Schneider Kreuznach lenses

Fashion shoot with Chanel in Cuba

Internationally renowned Artist and Photographer, Werner Pawlok, first visited Cuba in 2004, beginning work on a long-term series he named ‘Cuba Expired’. In 2013, Pawlok created a new series of large-format images based on rediscovered old footage from a photo session with performance artist Leigh Bowery in the late 1980s; the works were displayed in numerous installations. His exceptional body of work, steeped in colour and experiment, is completed by his participation in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne and at the Espace Louis Vuitton in Paris, by publications of books and articles, and by awards and prizes. We spoke to him about his “Coco in Cuba” shoot, photographing Chanel’s collection for Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore. Finding Charm in the Macabre “I have always addressed a wide variety of topics in my photography. The atmosphere in Cuba was morbidly fascinating, as if time had stood still. It’s strange, macabre charm possessed me, inspiring me to seek out unusual and seemingly unreal locations for my …

Fashion photographer, Giampaolo Sgura shooting with the XF Camera System and the Schneider Kreuznach 120mm lens

Fashion photography with Giampaolo Sgura

Fashion photographer, Giampaolo Sgura shoots for big names in the fashion world, including Vogue and GQ magazine. But it wasn’t always so. Coming from an agricultural background, he studied architecture, although he always knew that his heart was in fashion. We talk to him about how he made the leap into the fashion world and what inspires him. Driven by origins “I’ve learned a lot from my father, whose background is in agriculture. It’s in the way I work with people, the way I relate to them, my way of respecting everybody on set. I feel lucky to have such a great job. My father was always smiling even when his machines were stuck or broken. He’d be happy to fix it and make sure he was not losing days of work in his field and come back home to us proud of his day at work. Coming from this background you appreciate life, sun and respect.” From architecture to fashion “I studied architecture in Milan and Berlin but during those five years I have …

Andrea took the photos in this series using the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System and Schneider-Kreuznach lenses.

The Woman Behind the Lens: Andrea Zvadova’s Shimmering Photography

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, Phase One is highlighting the work of fashion and beauty photographer, Andrea Zvadova. About Andrea Zvadova “I was born and lived in Slovakia until relatively recently. A couple of years ago I moved to London. I got interested in photography from quite a young age, and have grown with cameras since my teenage years. Back then I was still shooting on film. Through my interest in the modelling and fashion industry, I slowly transformed my work into fashion, portrait and beauty photography. Currently, my work focuses mostly on beauty photography.”   Have you any advice for women who are thinking about pursuing a career in the professional photography industry? “The presence of women in the photography industry is rising. And I think the professional industry reflects that already. If you want a great image, you don’t consider if the photographer is a man or a woman; you always look at the portfolio to get the best results. Women have been proving they are more than capable of …

Bella Kotak shooting with the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System

The Enchanted Women of Bella Kotak

Bella Kotak is a fine art and fashion photographer. With her latest shoots, she whisks us into her feminine fairy-tale world bursting with blossoming flowers, captured with the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System. Prepare to be awed by the glistening beauty and magic she creates of nature and womanhood as Bella speaks with us about her work, inspiration, and the tools she uses to make her images. Where does your inspiration come from and what drives you to create these type of scenes?  “The first shoot, Winter’s Wildflower, tells a story of a queen-like character on a journey. I created the floral cape that she wears by using up of all the leftover flowers that I had been hoarding from the last year (and there were plenty!). I love playing with juxtaposing themes and seeing flowers and foliage in the middle of winter isn’t a normal sight which is why I thought it would make an interesting picture. Through this piece I wanted to say goodbye to 2016 and invite the viewer to join …