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Freezing motion and emotion: the photography of Rafa Sanchez

Rafa Sanchez is a photographer, illustrator and motion graphics designer from Madrid. He makes pictorial portrait photography that plays with light, color, textures and body language, capturing fleeting moments that feel like a reverie but stay with the viewer for a long time.   I’ve always wanted to make art. As a kid, I would spend my days in my room drawing. Later I went through a graffiti phase, and then I fell in love with illustration, animation and graphic design. I’m drawn to anything from animated films and illustration to street art, advertising and typography. My first contact with photography happened at Artediez (Escuela de Arte 10), where I studied illustration. Back then I wasn’t really focused on photography, but I did learn how to use a camera as part of my studies. Then, as soon as I could afford a camera, I started taking pictures of anything and everything. I photographed illustrations and things I noticed while walking through the city or travelling, but also random objects in my home or textures of …

Bolivian Salt Flats and Australian beauty: a set made in heaven

Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, left behind by lakes that evaporated millions of years ago. Today, it’s one of the most breathtaking sights on Earth and, notably, a remarkable shooting location. That’s where Phase One Ambassador Yulia Gorbachenko travelled this summer to shoot for Harper’s Bazaar a project she developed together with creative director JP Micallef and fashion director Sandy Armeni. The editorial, titled “Heaven on Earth”, features model Alexandra Agoston immersed in the iconic panorama of the Salt Flats, her elegant figure blending with the mesmerizing landscape. The compositions are marked by lavish shades of blue and reflective textures. In the images, Yulia plays with deceiving angles and spatial perspectives to make the model look like she’s floating between watery desert and infinitely cerulean sky.   I’ll always remember the moment we entered the salt flats. What I saw seemed out of this world. The clouds, the shape of the sky, the colors – I’ve never experienced anything like it before. It just made me feel genuine happiness. I …

The wonderfully eccentric world of Pol Kurucz

The avant garde images that French photographer Pol Kurucz creates are bright, surrealist, and provocative reflections on society. We asked Pol a few questions to dig into his creative mindset: How do you define yourself as a photographer? I try not to define myself, but rather the visual universe into which I integrate the different types of projects I am working on: fine art, fashion and celebrity. The main pillars of this universe are the non-conventional, yet pleasing, combination of saturated, non-primary colors, stylized sets, props and compositions, provocative messages, glam-cool styling, and models with unusual beauty. How do you conceptualize your images? What is your creative process? I do not follow processes. My ideas come instinctively in form of images that pop up in my head in the shower, in bed or on the street, in a theater or while browsing social media. The ideas then go through a little curating engine in my head which follows the aesthetics of a few virtual masters such as Rene Magritte, Roy Andersson, Bob Wilson, Alejandro Jodorowsky, …

Andrea Belluso on vulnerability, light and commitment

We sat down with Andrea Belluso to talk about studio photography, gear, and the commitment necessary to really, truly succeed as a high end photographer. How do you define yourself as a photographer? I don’t. I try to be as undefined as I possibly can, and I actually encourage other photographers to do the same. If you define yourself as a photographer, you fall into the trap of defining your style, who you are, everything you do and deliver – and this is the opposite of being creative. So by being totally undefined, I am opening up to whatever possibilities there could be on any given shoot. Because the thing about photography in general, and especially people photography, is that every shoot is an entity in and of itself. And you have to treat it as such. Otherwise, it is as if you are treating people all the same way. Imagine talking to your banker the same as your butcher. If you talk about steaks to your banker, he is going to think you are …

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: