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.
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.
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.
The night before meeting Lynn Goldsmith I researched her career. Holy Mamiya, Batman! This woman has done everything except walk on the moon. According to Wikipedia, “Lynn Goldsmith is a recording artist, a film director and a celebrity portrait photographer. Her work has appeared on the covers and inside almost any important publication in every country for the past 35 years. She has done over 100 album covers. In addition to her editorial work, Goldsmith has also focused on fine art photography with conceptual images.” If you keep reading, your jaw starts dropping every time you get to a new category i.e. books, awards, education, etc. Suffice it to say I had good reason to be intimidated and didn’t know at all what she would be like in person.
The story continues with five videos after the jump