MARK SELIGER: Interaction! Imagination!

© Mark Seliger

Mark Seliger skillfully established his reputation for his work for Rolling Stone magazine, thusly creating some of its most unforgettable covers. His powerful yet simplistic portrait images transform the way we see people and understand them. Seliger is widely considered by many to be the leading portrait photographer of his day with his extensive portfolio featuring individuals such as President Obama, the Dalai Lama, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Mark successfully captures the personality of his subjects by using effective lighting, backdrops, poses, and most importantly the Mamiya Leaf Credo 60 camera system. Seliger explains why he chose the Leaf Credo 60:

“…The thing about medium format is that it gives you a different sort of connection to the work. With medium format you can get lens compression for a shallower depth-of-field—which is key in portrait photography”.

“I choose a camera system for its reliability and simplicity. Right now we’re trying out Mamiya Leaf. We like to keep or work streamlined and simple, because with our tight schedule, we don’t have the room to deal with equipment issues. Also, I understand that Mamiya Leaf has a great reputation for its film-like results”.

The Mamiya Leaf Credo digital camera provides that legendary Leaf image quality along with speed and versatility that are second to none. Additionally, the Leaf Credo delivers uncompromising image quality. For more product information, specifications, and sample images, please click here.

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Boudewijn Smit, Mamiya Leaf Customer Story

©Boudewijn Smit
©Boudewijn Smit

Amsterdam-based Boudewijn Smit, was enthralled from an early age both by the art of photography and of sailing. As a young man, he attended sailing school and was learning the art of boat building when a chance meeting with Jurriaan Eindhoven at a friend’s birthday party reset his life course. While everyone at the party was enjoying Boudewijn’s prints, Jurriaan gave him a hard time with some pointed critiques and eventually took him on as first a trainee and then an assistant.

You could say that Boudewijn is a self-taught artist, but his education was grounded on having assisted a lot of different photographers; extensive on the job training meant that he was immersed in photography. Inventing images, framing compositions, experimenting with light and shadow was on his mind day and night, night and day.

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Douglas Friedman’s Crystal Clear Underwater Shoot

© Douglas Friedman for Bernstein and Andriulli
© Douglas Friedman for Bernstein and Andriulli

PDN is featuring a behind the scenes look at photographer Douglas Friedman’s underwater fashion shoot for Vogue Italia.

We’ve all seen underwater shoots before, but this is something different. Douglas used purifiers to make the water perfectly clear so that the effect is subtle and surreal. He writes, ““We realized that the water was so crystal clear, when you don’t see the surface or an air bubble [in a photo] you’re not quite sure what’s going on. You don’t realize its water at first, until you see that something’s going on with the hair.”

As you can imagine, working with a 4,000 gallon water tank is no easy task. He used a combination of lighting modifiers including gels, grids, and softboxes to get an “incredibly soft, glowing light without a lot of shadows.” He shot the 14 page feature using a Mamiya 645DF and Leaf Credo 80 with a Mamiya 120mm f/4 macro lens.

For more details on the shoot, read the full post on See more of Douglas Friedman’s work at

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3 Classically Beautiful B&W Portraits by Cassidy Kristiansen

© Cassidy Kristiansen
© Cassidy Kristiansen

Cassidy Kristiansen is relentless in her pursuit of perfection in her work, whether it be the lighting, retouching, or the pursuit of that unique element that gives the image its spark. Here, she shares the thinking behind 3 simple-yet-elegant black and white portraits.

She says, “I like to create images that are clean, yet dramatic, using lighting to show the subject is the main focus… I also enjoy using different elements, such as the model’s wild hair or a bold hat to really bring another aspect to the picture…”

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Down and Dirty in British Factories

© Daniel Stier

Daniel Stier is a veteran UK-based photographer with more than 20 years of experience under his belt. His work encompasses advertising, editorials, travel, portraits and personal works that are displayed in galleries and photo festivals. Daniel’s clients include Nike, Sony, VW, Budweiser, Harvey Nichols, Wallpaper W Magazine, Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Another, New York Times Magazine, GQ and many others.

Daniel recently took a Leaf Credo 80 and Mamiya 645DF+ to shoot on location at factories all over Britain. “The environments we shot in were sometimes rather challenging – noisy, wet, dusty and hectic. The Mamiya Leaf camera system was a real treat to work with and made it easy to come away with images of amazing quality.”

© Daniel Stier
© Daniel Stier

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Aryan Aqajani’s Fade to Black

© Aryan Aqajani
© Aryan Aqajani

Instead of getting embroiled in the film vs. digital debate, Australian shooter Aryan Aqajani lives in harmony with both mediums. No matter what gear he uses to shoot, he says he strives to convey “a sense of isolation, loneliness, darkness and deep feelings” with his images. This series, Fade to Black, does just that. Continue reading

Sean de Sparengo and Leaf Credo 80 Return to Innocence

© Sean de Sparengo

Sean de Sparengo is an award-winning British advertising and portrait photographer. His images immediately engage the audience, blending technical excellence with a startling creativity.

Corner-to-corner sharpness and crisp, clean details lend Sean’s images a powerful impact that cannot be ignored. To achieve his technical excellence, Sean depends on his innate ambition and on his Leaf Credo 80, which he mounts on a Mamiya 645DF+.

“I’ve shot with pretty much every current medium format digital camera system there is, but image quality wise I’ve always been impressed by the incredible natural tones that you get out of the Leaf backs. To my eye, the Credo has a more film-like look to it straight out of the box than any other back I’ve used, and my retouchers always pick up on that. I like the way the middle range of the exposure has so much tonality.

Getting the most out of a Credo 80 means you have to process the files carefully. Capture One software has the best tool set for job. Shooting at 35 asa already means grain-less imagery but then when you need to push the back to say 400 the noise reduction in Capture One 7 is quite amazing.”

© Sean de Sparengo

One of Sean’s most recent assignments was to capture images to raise money for a Chinese children’s charity. The images were used in a book and an exhibition. His days required seven to eight hours of driving on very rough and dusty dirt roads, often followed by hikes to reach the schools. With altitudes ranging between 3,000 to 4,000 meters and daytime temperatures of 30 degree (Celsius) with -15 degree nights, the project was a challenge both physically and technically.

“On the more physically demanding days I carried just one lens, a tripod and a bunch of batteries. It makes for a really simple setup and the Credo’s high-res screen gave me the confidence to shoot without an external monitor, even at apertures that required ultra-critical focus. The onboard digital level is a real bonus as I’ve never seen a tripod base and head spirit levels that actually agree with each other. Having a very accurate digital level right there on the back makes the initial setup fast and easy.

Live view has been much improved on these new Credos too, making table-top adjustments and focusing much easier than before. I don’t use it that often but I had a project where I used a tilt and shift lens and the faster frame rate made tilting the lens for extended depth of field a real breeze.”

On location, I like to use one of those cleverly converted Peli cases to house a Macbook with an external Lithium battery so I can set up quickly with all the cables pre-routed and then shoot fast while tethered for pretty much a whole day. I was pleased to take the latest Mamiya 120 mm auto-focus macro, which is a stunning portrait lens and probably one of the sharpest lenses I’ve ever shot.”

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Taylor Tupy Shooting Through Sand

© 2013 Taylor Tupy
©2013 Taylor Tupy

Taylor Tupy is a Minneapolis-based photographer who caught our attention when his behind-the-scenes video for a sandy studio shoot was posted on Fstoppers. We had to know more, so we reached out to him for the full story. Here’s what he had to say regarding the shoot.

In this shoot for Upfront, our goal was to portray the new face of American business. Fresh. Elegant. Female. A beach in Santa Barbara was our inspiration for the setting. The natural beauty. The effortless elegance. We wanted to capture the feeling of the wind off the water, the endless sand, and the treasured moments of being alone, gathering your thoughts and savoring your success.

This presented us with a few unique challenges. We didn’t want the images to resemble a vacation or beach-resort advertisement. It was very important we didn’t create a cliche “girl on the beach” image. This meant we needed total control over the setting, and opted to create a beach of our own inside the studio. Fog and large light sources were used to achieve the tranquil look that we were after.

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VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with Robert Jaso

Parisian photographer Robert Jaso specializes in fashion and beauty work. Take a peek behind the scenes of Glint, a glamorous, sparkly, James Bond inspired fashion shoot.

Shooting with his Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID and Leaf Aptus 75S digital back, Jaso uses a combination of strobes and hot lights to create a look that is simultaneously dreamy and sharp as a knife.

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VIDEO: Kent Miller for Inked Magazine

Kent Miller is a commercial photographer based in midtown New York. His behind-the-scenes video of a shoot for Inked Magazine has been making the rounds of photo blogs lately.

Azarja van der Veen is not only the model for the shoot, but also a tattoo artist herself, working out of Shotsie’s Tattoo in Wayne, New Jersey. Kent makes the most of a location with plenty of personality to create photos which both highlight and match the style of Azarja and her tattoos.

The shots were lit using a Broncolor Para88 and shot with a PhaseOne 645 with the Mamiya Leaf Aptus-II digital back.

See more of Kent’s work on his site and tumblr.


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