All posts tagged: XF Camera System

How Stefano Gardel sees, and captures, the world in a different light

Stefano Gardel hasn’t been a photographer for long, but in that time, his unique point of view has helped him become a rising star. We sat down with Stefano to find out more about his Neon Future series, shot in Japan. How did you get into photography? I have to say, that I do not consider myself a photographer. I started only 3 years ago, and I am self-taught. Then last year, I changed from my regular job as a Chiropractor to do photography full time. I was selling through several art galleries, and when I saw my images being sold, I started to think, “I wonder if I could do this as my job.” So now I am doing it as my main job. I don’t have a lot of knowledge as far as being a photographer…I actually learned just about everything I know on YouTube. But I have to say, that in digital photography, it’s not that difficult to get started if you have a strong point of view and some motivation. I …

Finding inspiration and creativity in still life photography

We interviewed Phase One Ambassador Paloma Rincón to discover how she continually finds the inspiration for her wonderfully creative still life images. How do you define yourself as a photographer? I define myself as a still life photographer, but sometimes this description isn’t enough. So, I usually have to explain my profession, because my work also covers other creative disciplines including art direction. What would be a typical job for you? Typically, when I get contacted, the client asks for me to interpret the task and add my own creative style to it. So usually, my task is not just to follow an agency brief, but also to help develop the creative concept. Usually, I get asked to do commissioned shoots based on references from my own personal projects. This is also why I do a lot of personal projects – so that I can move my commercial work in a direction that I also have an interest in. My projects are often product shots of, for example, food, drinks or tech products, but composed …

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 …

Refocusing life on a passion

Peter Wiederholt’s story is a remarkable one. He was a successful banker and real estate investor who took a leap and began to refocus his life on his true passion. It takes bravery to make such a life change, and sometimes it’s something you simply can’t help – a gnawing need to express the thing that’s in your heart. For some, that’s art. For others, it’s an obsession in finding fulfilment through mastering a craft. We talked to Peter about this fantastic journey, where it began, and where it has taken him. The start of the journey “Starting in the 1990’s, I had a Contax S2, a Leica M6 and then a Hasselblad 503CW. I initially liked the technical aspect of these mechanical instruments. My main objective at the time was to create pictures for my own walls of the cities (London, Frankfurt, NYC) where I had worked. I soon realized that 35mm did not give a good enough image quality for what I wanted to achieve. Back then, 6×6 was the right compromise of …

The unique challenge of creating an artistic series to launch the VW Arteon

Douglas Sonders – Volkswagen USA reached out to me with an incredible opportunity. They offered to send me one of the first VW Arteons in the United States, which is their newest flagship sedan, and asked me to create an art series around it. The goal was to create around 8 final images, print them out on giant 8 foot long archival paper, and present them during a museum show for the Arteon’s public debut in the United States. The project was a unique challenge for a few reasons. One, they gave me nearly complete creative freedom on what I would create (as long as it included the car). This essentially never happens. Second, they wanted the images to be unique and not look like a normal car catalog ad campaign. Third, I had never printed my images out this large before (other than billboards). The viewers would be within inches of the giant prints in a museum environment, so quality and color reproduction were going to be incredibly crucial. When coming up with the concept …

Bringing the Autochrome process to digital photography

Photographer Simon Puschmann doesn’t see a boundary in what his gear and technology can achieve. In his Autochromes series, his experimentation and curiosity help to bring the Autochrome process into digital photography. Read on to learn more about the Autochrome process and Simon’s colorful series shot on an Achromatic camera. What is Autochrome? Autochrome is an early color photography process. It was patented in France by the Lumière brothers in 1903, and was brought to the market in 1907. Before subtractive color film was introduced in the mid-1930s, Autochrome was the principal color photography process. How did the Autochrome process inspire you? Simon: “I was interested in trying to transfer an old technique into modern digital photography. I just love the art, the craft, the history, and the science behind it all. I simply love it. Old processes, new processes, static or motion – it always had me hooked. I invent. I tinker. I explore. I never rest. I always want to be better. I push myself, I push my craft, and I push the …

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 …

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 …

Working with commercial clients to capture the emotion of a place

We sat down with Phase One Photographer Paul Reiffer to find out how he got started, dig into his on location kit and workflow, and learn why Phase One solutions are ideal for his commercial work to truly capture the essence of a place and satisfy client requirements. What got you interested in landscape and cityscape photography? “Photography has been a part of my life since I was young. My father had a darkroom in the attic and from time to time I’d be in trouble for wanting to play “chemical curiosity”. But, being young, when you’re told not to do something you only want to do it more – I think that definitely peaked my interest and I’ve been drawn to photography ever since, always taking photos with cameras my parents bought me as I grew up. As I got older, I studied photography for a while in London, as well as with some contacts I had in the USA. Most of what I learned was studio based, controlling and understanding light with strobes …

Murray Fredericks capturing Vanity with the Phase One XF Camera System

Capturing Vanity with Phase One

Patience, passion, and dedication. It’s no surprise these are the makings of great photographs, and you’ll find an excess of all three in Murray Fredericks Vanity. A body of work like Vanity doesn’t happen overnight, and Murray’s passion for the project started in earnest over 15 years ago. Murray’s dedication to Vanity required over 20 individual trips to Kati-Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park in South Australia. The patience necessary to spend weeks on end with nothing more than a tent, bicycle, and camera is overshadowed only by Murray’s desire to ply his craft with the highest quality camera equipment available, ensuring the vision of Vanity is dutifully portrayed. Viewing on Vanity Vanity aims to explore the human condition in our current age. The images offer a humbling look into the vastness of Lake Eyre landscape and make humans seem insignificant. The striking simplicity of the images forces the viewer to engage in the dialogue of Vanity. The mirror, being a symbol of self-reflection, is instead used to redirect the viewers gaze away from themselves and into the immense …

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 …

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 …