All posts filed under: Portrait

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 …

Documenting the conditions of coal miners

Swedish documentary photographer Sebastian Sardi is innately curious. After reading an article about coal mining accidents in China in 2008, he decided that he wanted to see this first hand and to document the workers’ side of the story – shedding light on the lack of workers’ rights. From this beginning, his curiosity grew. Starting in China, he expanded to Russia, Kazakhstan, and eventually, India. In India, he discovered coal mines that had grown around, and sometimes into, local villages, covering everything with a thick layer of fine dust. His photographs eventually turned into a book, titled Black Diamond, documenting the lives and conditions of those living alongside the coal.  We sat down with Sebastian to learn what he finds important in documentary photography, and his workflow in capturing these coal miners and their environment. What interests you most about documentary photography? People, their lives, and their stories. This series is focused on a very sensitive subject. When capturing difficult and sensitive subject matter, what do you take into account? I approach people with respect …

Figments – A visual story of one room through time and residents

Phase One asked Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk to tell us the story behind her series titled Figments. Read her story below. The Figments project is a project that was on my wish list for a long time. It’s a story about one room through different time periods and with different residents. For this project, I started building a set in my studio based around a room with a window – inspired by the window Vermeer used in his paintings. Because I was financing everything myself, the set was completed with the help of a fellow photographer to keep the costs low. The pressure was tremendous due to the short amount of time I had to capture it all (3 days!), but there was a lot of fun on set. Figments is split into 3 chapters- Figments Aurum, Figments Alba and Figments Nigrum. Figments Aurum For the first chapter, the residents live in the present, and are a family with a little blonde girl who loves art, and is always in thought. I wanted to capture a daydream from …

Bastiaan Woudt travels the world with his XF Camera System complemented by the Schneider Kreauznach 80mm f/2.8, 110mm f/2.8, and 150mm f/3.5 lenses.

Exploring the world with a compact lens kit

Bastiaan Woudt works in a wide range of photographic disciplines: landscape, still life, and portrait. He travels the world with his XF Camera System complemented by the Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f/2.8, 110mm f/2.8, and 150mm f/3.5 lenses. We caught up with him between assignments to ask a few questions about his inspiration, tools, and his minimalist lens approach. The right lens for the moment “Having the right lens is essential to my work. When a photographer starts to determine their signature style and workflow, they will start to find their favorite focal lengths to work with. In many cases, the choice of focal length and lens can really define the style of the photographer. For me, it doesn’t matter what my subject is. Landscapes, still life, or people, they all combine to form my body of work. “I love to shoot portraits and work with people, but I don’t like to be labeled as a portrait photographer.” A unique expression with a compact lens kit “The focal length of the Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f/2.8 gives …

Ken Hermann and Joel Tjintjelaar using the IQ3 100MP Achromatic, Schneider Kreuznach 45mm LS f/3.5 Blue Ring and XF Camera System to capture architecural and portrait photography

From portrait to architecture – versatility of the 45mm lens explained

Ken Hermann is a portrait photographer. Joel Tjintjelaar specializes in architecture photography. Two very different genres, yet both photographers prefer the same lens: the Schneider Kreuznach 45mm Leaf Shutter Blue Ring lens. This lens is an extremely high-quality wide-angle lens with an impressive flat-field performance. The focal length is perfect for almost any application with edge-to-edge performance and almost distortion-free results. These qualities ensure that the versatility of the 45mm lens is guaranteed. Read on to learn how and why a portrait and an architecture photographer use this lens in their work and what it adds to their photography. Architecture photography with the 45mm Blue Ring lens Joel Tjintjelaar explains how the 45mm lens benefits his photography: “Having the right lens can make all the difference. When it comes to architecture photography, the 45mm focal length is especially useful when you’re aiming to shoot skylines or want to focus on specific elements of architectural objects.” “I even used it for still life photographs. It is a very versatile lens, and the quality is beyond any …

Photographer, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen is the partner and co-founder of Norm Architects, used the Phase One IQ3 100MP to capture "Close Contact" for Sørensen Leather with Kinfolk

Close Contact with Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Spheres are everywhere, a natural form that is omnipresent in the universe, from planets to the human eye, and in concepts like a circle of friends. Close Contact explores the human form and the sphere. It looks at how spherical shapes and the human body co-exist and intertwine on a conceptual level, captured in the physical on large print photographs. The texture of leather against skin Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen is the partner and co-founder of Norm Architects in addition to his work as a photographer. Together with the creative direction of Nathan Williams, co-founder of Kinfolk, they collaborated using spheres by Sørensen Leather to juxtapose the texture of leather against skin and explore the sphere-body concept. Big prints of the photo shoot The decision to use a 101-megapixel medium format camera system to make prints was a conscious decision. The camera needed be able to capture an extraordinary amount of detail not possible in other camera systems, since tactility of the subjects being photographed was at the heart of the project. The exhibition comprised of ten …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Iden Ford on growing as a photographer

Based in Toronto, Iden Ford specializes in still and promotional gallery photography for the film and television industry. Some of his other projects include portrait and dance photography. His work is often featured in promotional artwork and advertisements plus feature reviews for CBS television, Entertainment Weekly, and The Washington Post to name a few. We asked him to share his story on how he got started with photography to where he is today. The start of a successful career “I started out in 2003. It took a fair amount of time to get into the film and TV union, which was my goal. I worked shooting for a theatre in Toronto called the Young People’s Theatre where I photographed posters with the cast for the individual shows as well as the dress rehearsals. It was rather thrilling to see my name in the Toronto Star accompanying a review of the show that I had shot. I’m primarily a portrait photographer in a general sense. While I have a small portrait studio for headshots, most of …

Todd Antony shot the Dekotora series using the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System and Schneider Kreuznach 55mm LS f/2.8 lens.

Todd Antony documents “Dekotora” (デコトラ)

Renowned advertising photographer, Todd Antony spoke to Phase One about his latest project documenting sub-cultures around the world. His most recent series took him to Japan with the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System where he documented the lavishly decorated trucks, known as Dekotora. These ornate, dazzling vehicles were perfect subjects for the new Trichromatic Digital Back to capture this fascinating subculture’s wow factor in astonishingly accurate color. What is Dekotora (デコトラ)? “I’ve been researching various subcultures all over the world, but Japan just seemed like a great place to start the project as it is rife with different subcultures. The moment I came across ‘Dekotora,’ it jumped out at me, and I thought I have to go and shoot that. The Japanese word ‘Dekotora’ is an abbreviation for ‘decoration truck.’ The culture itself all stems from a 1975 series of ten movies called Torakku Yarō̄ (Truck Guys) that featured a trucker who drove his garishly decorated truck all over Japan. The series was a big hit, and ‘Dekotora’ popularity swept the country.” “The Japanese …

Tony Hewitt captures vaudeville acts in the Australian outback with the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic

Tony Hewitt Captures Emotions with the Trichromatic

Tony Hewitt is a multi-award winning Australian fine art photographer. We asked him to test the Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back to see how he reacted to the all-new color capabilities. “As a fine art photographer, I am always looking for ways to use color to evoke emotion, and stimulate a response from the viewer that echoes my own passion for my subjects. One that draws them in and invites a viewing experience that will take them beyond the literal.”  “… most importantly for me, was to try and get as close as possible to the ability to get color the way the human eye sees it.” What is the Trichromatic Digital Back? The new color technology, found in the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, has a completely re-designed sensor that can interpret color in a way that mimics how the human eye sees. What this means is that whatever hues and tones the photographer sees, the Trichromatic can more accurately capture, allowing them to convey all that the scene expressed to them …