Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Interview with Dubai fashion photographer Rudy shoushany

LPM: Who is Rudy Shoushany?
I am Lebanese-Canadian photographer and Instructor  who became deeply inspired and enthralled by
photography at the young age of 13.
I was raised in Lebanon, South Africa, and Canada, and traveled all over the world, enriching my culturally sensitive eye behind the camera as I continue to work around the globe.

LPM: How long have you been a professional photographer?
I've been working as a professional photographer since 2010

LPM: you are a talented  photographer, what makes you different
Light my signature is the Light.

LPM: Where Are you based?
I am a photographer in Dubai an Beirut and different international destination

LPM: Where have you exhibited your work?
Arts Takes at the Time Square Collective (2011)
LPM at the Collective Photography Exhibition (2011)

LPM: Have you received any Awards?
2x Honorable mention in international photography awards IPA 2011

Website www.Rsphotography.co
IG: www.Instagram.com/RudyPhotography
FB: www.Facebook.com/RudyPhotography

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Zack Arias, The One Light Man

The start: 15 years ago, I decided I wanted to be a photographer and we never had internet, or blogs to read or DVDs to learn from like you do now. So I went to Art School, and I dropped out of Art School because I was very much a technical person (I need to know the why), but it turned out instead that photography is a touchy emotional feeling, and I was looking to earn money out of a career rather than taking it as an art form. Then I found a very small commercial photography program at a technical school; it wasn’t a big university. When I was in school, I started assisting photographers every chance I got. I did that for about 3 or 4 years; working for other photographers and studios. I did that while I was trying to building up my portfolio and building my business. It took me a lot of time and effort to do it. My Style: Clean and simple. I’m a great believer in content over technique. In my heart, I’m a photo journalist but I’m making my living from commercial photography. How long have you been a professional photographer? I’ve been a professional photographer, making a living from it, for around 7½ years. How do you prepare for a photoshoot? I usually take the mood from the clients; what they want in the pictures (urban or natural landscape, light, happy, dark, etc….). I also ask the clients to give me some pictures that they love and hate. I never copy those pictures, but I can get what they like and don’t like from them. After that, I try to build the idea, physically through moving decoration around and putting on hip hop music to help me in my brain storming. Your favorite lens / camera / equipment: My favorite camera is the Nikon D3. My two favorite lenses are 35 mm F2 and the 105mm F2. For the lighting equipment, I have a whole bunch of Nikon flashes, SP80DX. For personal work I have mamiyaRZ67, I shoot film. During Sessions how many photos do you take, to get the right one: I average somewhere about 50 to 60 pictures an hour. I have to make time, it is very important. Right now, I have a huge personal project that I’m preparing for. Website to share: www.aphotoeditor.com Awards: No, I’m not one for entering contests. Last 4 Photoshoots: One of them is my personal project. Children’s clothing company (2 shoots) Country band in the USA My advice to new photographers: Make the most of the equipment you have At the end of the day it’s not about what camera or equipment you have. A word to your fans: I am just a guy. I appreciate that I got connected to people and get respect from people. But honestly, I have a hard time with that, since I do not know how I got here, ‘coz I’m only doing my thing. Word for LPMAG: I wish you all the luck in the world - keep on keepin’ on!   Workshops and Photography training DVD: http://www.OneLightWorkshop.com Zack runs photography workshops and also has Photography training DVD, Check out his website for more info about the award Telly award winner "One Light DVD" www.zackarias.com email: studio@zackarias.com http://www.OneLightWorkshop.com Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/usedfilm  

Mohamad Seifeddine Exclusive interview, A new generation of professional photographers

LPM: Who is Mohamad seifeddine? Introduce yourself, where did you study, how long have you been in photography, starting point, etc…
I am  24 years old Lebanese student. I finished advertising and last year radio tv. Photography was a hobby 5 years ago when I registered photography course, and since 2009 I decided to make it my profession.
LPM: How would you define yourself who is Mohamad seifeddine as a photographer?
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’’ I take photos because It’s my best way to express what I like and what to say, passion for photography as an art more than a business is my key to develop interesting photos

LPM: you are young and talented what makes you different than the other photographers in Lebanon?
Different light,  model attitude and fashion styling is essential to be unique; I avoid shooting typical Lebanese old fashion makeup and hair …

LPM: How would you describe your style?
Artistic but elegant.

LPM: What advice do you have for new photographers?

Keep practicing and taking new photos, be up to date with all products related to their particular interest in any field of photography.

LPM: Did you get trained by another photographer?

LPM: How do you prepare for a photo shoot?
It depends on the shooting if its fashion, beauty or editorial.
I meet with the client or fashion editor and discuss the main concept and purpose of the shooting, to choose the models, makeup artist …

LPM: What do you add to the photo when the client tells you this and that? 
We decide what to adjust before shooting, and when a client have a bit different point of view, I tend to be flexible as long it’s for the benefit of the concept.

LPM: How do you work out on the composition of the picture? 
Again it depends on the kind of shooting editorial or advertising or other. Do we need with one or multi elements, in or out doors?

LPM: What distinguish a professional model from a non-professional one?
A professional model must have specific physical standards. She should give the needed attitude to make to photo successful, And to emphasize the cloth or product and not her. 

LPM: What makes Lebanese photographers different from others / in the area photographers?
A mix of oriental faces and fashion with international trend leads to different production. So a Lebanese photographer has the opportunity of various cultural elements in his photos that make him unique.

LPM: What is your favorite lens? 
For fashion i prefer wide angle or standard lens, for beauty and portrait I love the contrast of D.O.F in telephoto lens.

LPM: A typical question what are you using, medium format or 35 m? 
For personal photos and the new exhibition using 35mm, but for most commercials and fashion digital high resolution photos are preferred.  

LPM: In general during a session to take the shot how many picture you take.
In some sessions few photos are enough to get what I need or even from first shots, and when a model needs some time to warm up couple of minutes are needed.

LPM: Do you still have time to shoot for yourself something you love?
Yes I do especially when I travel.

LPM: Can you share a website or blog you visit often?
When it comes to photography there no specific site, I just Google what I need.

LPM: Who are the famous faces in your portfolio?
Locally I worked with  Maya Diab, Melissa, Nadine Njeim, Mona abou hamze.
International celebrities: Akon, Shakira, Tiesto, Julio Iglesias, and soon Ricky Martin.

LPM: What awards did you win and some of your exhibitions?
I am working on first exhibition and it will be in summer 2012

LPM: Last four photo shoots?
Nicolas Jebran Haute Couture, Sayidaty editorial, Maya Diab portraits, Melissa.

LPM: What do you say for people that love your work? 
Thanks for being a fan of what I do and stay tuned for more exiting photos.

 LPM: What do you say for Lebanese photography magazine? 
Wish you prosperity among all photography lovers and it’s a pleasure to share my photos and interview. 
Contact info: info@mseif.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mSeifphotography
Website: www.mseif.com

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Exclusive interview with Joey L, The Twilight Photographer

Joey L, A Photographer Between two worlds
I got my start in the photography world taking pictures of dinosaurs. I was a kid and, like most kids, I was fascinated by dinosaurs. Those were my first pictures; like dioramas, selling a lot through photographing them for my website. That’s how I learned a lot about photography, Photoshop, lighting, compositions, etc…
I have been a professional photographer since I was 16 years old; that’s when I started to earn money from this business, by taking photos of local bands. I’m now 21, so it’s been 5 years since I’ve been in the domain.
My school:
I never had any formal training and never went to Photography College. Everything I’ve learned has been through reading books, on the internet, taking photography workshops or trials. I am self taught; practicing, reading books and the internet, I didn’t get any training from anybody.
My style:
I like to describe it as ‘cinematic portraits’. I get a lot of inspiration from movie sets. I like to photograph more traditional subjects and subjects from different cultures but giving them a very modern feel, as they kind of pick their way through life in the 21st century. Showing that they are still living through their traditional culture, but in the modern world.
I enjoy doing commercial shoots. They take me away from my more personal stuff, so when I go back to it, it’s more relaxing and more fun. Between my personal and my commercial shoots, there is a crucial balance. I consider myself a photographer in between two worlds.
How do you prepare for a photo-shoot?
I think about what the brief is, and try to integrate creative input with the concept as much as possible, because then I’m more in control and can take photographs that I am happier with, because I am my own worst critic.
I prepare myself mentally by seeing the vision that I have in my head, and trying to apply it in actuality to the physical world with the tools that I have to hand. And I don’t stop until I’ve reached the ideal image that’s in my head.
What distinguish a good model from ‘other’ models?
Somebody who is loose in front of the camera, I don’t shoot high fashion photography, so it’s a lot different for me. The good thing about my personal work is that my subjects are not used to seeing magazines and advertisements, so they stand the way they like, and the same thing goes for the commercial work. A fashion photographer might tell you something different, but I like it natural, dignified.

Your favorite lens:
Leaf shutter lens80 mm 2.8 versions for the phase one and 50 mm 1.2 Cannon version.
What Lighting do you use?
Profoto Lighting and broncolor
What camera do you use?
Phase one 365 Back on a Mamiya
During Sessions how many photos do you take, to get the right one:
In my personal work, 5-6 maximum, since I don’t want to make my subjects angry. So usually I do it very fast since it’s a pre-visualized situation. But for the commercial shoots, I can take a lot of test shots; maybe the client is looking for an expression different from mine; so it all depends.
Do you shoot personal work?
Yes of course.
One thing I’m often misquoted on is that I shoot my commercial work as a means to an end. But in reality I love shooting commercial stuff. And then when I’ve done too much of that, I want to do a personal shoot again. That balance is very crucial to me.
Website to share:
Famous clients:
Twilight, Nickelodeon, History Channel, Warner Brothers, NBC, Forbes, Kawasaki and many more
I have awards but they’re not that important to me. I’ve won international photography portrait award with my Ethiopia series but I don’t really enter many contests.
Right now I am represented in a gallery called “Photo Eye” and also galleries across the USA in difference places and a gallery in Paris will be taking my work soon. A lot of different galleries show my work.
Last 4 Photoshoots:
Pawn Star - Season 3 for History Channel
Nickelodeon shoot
Personal exhibition shoot in India (3 weeks)
Shoot for Capital Records
A word to your fans:
I have put my name to many things that people know (such as Twilight), but I am attached to many other things, and I hope that they see it all, because it all represents me.
Look at all my work; the whole spectrum of my work.
My advice to new photographers:
New photographers should experiment. When you read a book or look at photographs, try to dissect the light for yourself. When you’re looking at other people’s work, try to apply it to your own work; experiment with it, and make mistakes, because that’s how you learn.
Word for LPM:
I’ve never been to Lebanon, but I would love to come to do some personal work about Lebanese people.
To the Lebanese Photography Magazine, I say: Go for it and prosper!
Website: www.joeyl.com
Blog: joeyl.com/blog
Tutorials: Learnfromjoey.com
Twitter: twitter.com/joeyldotcom
Agency: Patricia Mcmahon Photography

Friday, May 27, 2011

Eric Kim, Street Photographer - By Rita Kamel in a shutter click

Eric Kim, Street Photographer - By Rita Kamel in a shutter click

Main camera: Canon 5D.
Main lens: Canon 35 mm F/2
Post-processing software:
 Adobe Photoshop CS5, Silver Efex Pro, Lightroom 3.
Favorite lighting:
 Golden Hour (before sunset).
Favorite time to make photographs: 
During my lunch breaks at work.
Favorite season to make photographs:
 When it is rainy.
Favorite music while making photographs: The sound of cars on the streets.
Your dream equipment: 
Leica M9 and Leica Summilux 35 mm F/1.4
Favorite photographer: 
Nils Jorgensen.
Favorite quote related to photography: “If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa

Eric Kim, street photographer

Why photography? What do you hope to achieve?
I love photography because it gives me an opportunity to slow down in my everyday life and appreciate the places and people around me. I want to show people the beauty of ordinary people and things.
Which photograph do you consider is an example of surreal photography? In what sense?

I consider my photograph: “UFO”, a quite surreal image. I find it surreal because the structure above the man in the bike looks out-of-this world, very similar to an UFO. When I saw this scene unfolding before my eyes, I imagined the “UFO” about to pick up the man on the bike and take him to another galaxy.
Which photograph made you fear for your equipment? What is the story behind it?

Together in the rain
I shot this photo in Seoul, Korea during the summer when there would be irregular but strong rains. I was inside a bar, and suddenly it started pouring outside. I then saw these two ladies about to walk into the bar, and I jumped outside (nearly getting soaking wet) to capture this shot. My camera was a bit wet, but overall okay.
What style attracts you most? Why?
There is no comparison, I love street photography. I feel that through this style, I am able to capture the rawness of life. Street photography is spontaneous and I have no idea what is going to happen next. Not only that, but the thrill of getting a once-in-a-lifetime shot is unexplicable.
How far do you go with post-processing?
When processing my images in black and white, I use the Photoshop plugin called “Silver Efex Pro.” By far it is the best black and white conversion software out there, as it allows me more control of my conversions. Not only that, but I can add grain to my images (which I love to do).
What motivates you to grab the camera and go make a photograph?
I love to make photographs in the street because it gives me a sense of calm and peace. Not only that, but I love the feeling of waking up every morning knowing that there is something new to make a photograph of.
Tell us about a weird thing you do or a weird habit you have before a photoshoot:
I clean the front element of my lens using my breath and t-shirt.

Describe your feelings during a photoshoot: 
When I am shooting on the streets, I feel connected to the people around me. I am able to see a deeper insight into their lives through the images I capture. At the end of the day, I feel that I share the same experiences as them in living everyday life.
Ethically, what are your limits in photography?I try not to take photos of homeless people. In most cases I think it is just getting an “easy shot” which uses the misery of others as a crutch. I think that taking these types of photos are not only overplayed but tactless as well. There are cases when people can take tasteful photos of homeless people, but it is something I try to avoid.
3 tips / advice to other photographers:
  1. Always carry your camera with you everywhere you go – everywhere.
  2. Only show your best work.
  3. Shoot everyday.
How to stay updated with your work?
Website: http://erickimphotography.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/erickimphoto
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ekizz
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/erickimphotography

Article Republished for LPMAG.me

Editor Rita Kamel

ModelMayham.com (MM) Beirut?

Source www.lpmag.me
Model Mayhem
  is a Platform and a network for professional & amateur models, photographers, makeup artists and stylists to meet and exchange talents. It is really helpful for those who want to advertise on the site, or those who are new to the industry… You can even be a veteran who has years of experience.
And the best part that it is for free.
Why MM is important?
I recently joined Model Mayhem late last year, and have already generated a lot of business, exposure and contacts from the site, (on top of my regular clients and network.)  After sifting through the creeps and deadbeats, I eventually met and worked with a lot of great models and MUA!
Currently in Lebanon there are only 21 person registered in ModelMayham, and I would like to see this number growing.
Some MM Frequently asked questions:
How long does it take a new profile to be approved?
It could take anywhere from one day to a week. To help expedite the process, it’s in your best interest to upload as many photos as possible and provide a nice substantial bio.
My profile was denied! What gives?
If you were given the option to re-submit your profile into the queue, you simply didn’t meet the requirements for Model Mayhem. Please read over them carefully and try applying again. If you were NOT given the option to re-submit, then that means your profile is not allowed on Model Mayhem.
What is VIP?
VIP is our premium subscription service. By signing up, not only do you instantly become a superstar, but you also get access to:
  • Increased number of photos (100 instead of the normal 20)
  • Increased number of private messages (100 per 24 hours instead of 15)
  • Increased number of announcements (1 every 5 minutes instead of every 30 minutes)
  • Ability to opt out of seeing ads on the site
  • A cool VIP icon that follows you were ever you go on the site
  • And an ever-updating set of new features and functions that we’ll continue to roll out
I’m being told that I am over my photos limit?
This is a result of you once being a VIP, getting access to the 100 photo limit, and then having your VIP membership status be canceled and so now your limit is back to 20 photos.
What does TFP Time or prints mean? TFCD? TF*?
Time for Prints

Time for Print (referred to as TFP) is an agreement between the photographer and the model where neither charges for their time. The photographer compensates the model with a number of printed images that are normally retouched and unframed. This allows the model to gain valuable experience dealing with various photographers, to practice in a working environment and to add photographs to their portfolio. The photographer gains experience has the time to experiment with differing techniques and to also add to their portfolio.
Why the TFP concept is important
There are many new models, parents of models, and individuals who'd like to be models but may not be able to afford the cost of employing a photographer to create professional images for their portfolio. Also, many photographers who wish to build up their own portfolio may not be in a financial position to employ professional models. Time for Prints and Time for CD allows for a fair exchange of time and skills by both parties. This brief guide gives an overview of what to expect.
What is GWC?GWC is an acronym for “Guy with Camera.” It’s a derogatory term for an amateur photographer. And it has taken the intraweb by storm thanks to MM. It usually implies that said guy is only interested in photography in order to get hot ladies to get naked for him.
Model Mayham for networking in couple of steps:
Present yourself well.
The first step to networking on Model Mayhem is to have your profile, portfolio pictures, and stats as appealing, professional, and up-to-date as possible. If you've gained or lost weight, say so! Stretching the truth in your stats is a dishonest move, and one that will not be appreciated if you show up to a scheduled shoot looking different than you portrayed yourself online. Also, make sure that your profile blurb clearly conveys important information that will be of interest to potential collaborators, such as what type of work you do, what type of collaboration you're seeking (TFP/pay/both), and other useful details.
Work the forums.
A great way to meet other Model Mayhem models/photographers/others is on the forums. Including "Newbie Forum", "Model Colloquy", and "Photography Talk", just to name a few, the forums get a lot of action, and therefore are the perfect place to get your name out in front of a lot of people at once. Just be sure to present yourself professionally at all times (forum drama is rampant, and quickly undermines the professionalism of those who engage), and to keep in mind the forum rules as you post.
Get in touch with the Lebanese community.
Third, you can always use the "browse" function to search for Model Mayhem members in your area. View their profiles, leave messages on their "wall", or send a private message. This is an invaluable tool for getting to know others!
Post a casting.
If you're looking for Model Mayhem members for a specific project, or will be traveling out of town and wish to collaborate with others while in another location, try the "Casting/Travel" section. Here, you can post casting calls that will be seen by any photographers/models/makeup artists/etc who search the database.
Make an announcement.
If you are trying to draw attention to your Model Mayhem profile, try the "Model Mayhem Announcements" on the front page. If you scroll to the very bottom of the page, you will see "Make an Announcement". Click on this link, and you will be taken to a screen where you can type a short message to be displayed on the front page. Then, when others view the front page of Model Mayhem, your avatar, name, and message will be displayed, potentially prompting them to visit your profile! Keep in mind that this function is busy and popular, and your message will not be displayed for more than a few seconds. Still, due to the aforementioned traffic, this still affords you the opportunity to get your name and message out there in front of a large number of people.