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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 pdnonline.com. See more of Douglas Friedman’s work at douglasfriedman.net.

All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©PDN and Douglas Friedman, all rights reserved; story is ©Mamiya Leaf. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.

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.

See more of his work at robertjaso.com.


Video in this post is used with permission and ©Robert Jaso, all rights reserved; story is ©Mamiya Leaf. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or repost elsewhere without written permission.

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.


All quotes and video in this post are used with permission and ©Kent Miller, all rights reserved; story is ©Mamiya Leaf. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or repost elsewhere without written permission.

VIDEO: Turn Your Hassy into an Extreme Camera

A new video on how to turn your Hasselblad into an extreme camera has been posted to our site. It features the Leaf Aptus-II R series, the only digital back in the world with an internally rotating sensor.

Cesar Lloreda Calvo uses a Leaf Aptus-II R series back with his Hasselblad V series camera in the below video. The Leaf Aptus-II R series digital backs are available in both 56MP and 80MP sensors. This video demonstrates how you can bring your Hassy back to life!

You can also see the video on YouTube.

The Eyes Have It

Photographer Landon Mathers has posted a fascinating video comprised of still images he’s shot.

Armed with a Mamiya 645, a Phase One digital back, and a 120mm macro lens, Mathers photographed eyes. This project confirms what humans have known since before recorded time: eyes are astounding. In Mathers’ images we can see everything from contact lenses to the stunningly delicate epithelium and stroma, the latter two giving each iris their unique and amazing color variations.

At the conclusion of the video, it’s implied the subjects photographed are photographers themselves. Awesome concept and superb execution, Landon! See more of Mathers’ work at his site.

VIDEO: Mamiya RZ33 — The Legend Reborn

If you’ve ever wondered why high-end fashion photographers demand Mamiya quality, check out this short video detailing some of the features which make the reborn Mamiya RZ33 the epitome of medium format cameras.

This model combines the legendary features of the Mamiya RZ system with a matched 33 megapixel digital back. You can shoot horizontally or vertically by simply rotating the back. Any of the RZ system accessories can be used with the RZ33.

We hope you enjoy this video. The full features of the RZ-Series can be seen on our site.

Loading a Mamiya 645 1000s – Brian Wagner Style…

Remember the smell that escapes the wrapper when you open up a roll of 120 film?

Mamiya M645 1000S from Brian Wagner on Vimeo.

We came across this film study by Brian Wagner on Vimeo and couldn’t resist. The dawn of a new era where photographers make films is upon us for sure.

Check out the rest of Brian’s work on:
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Lynn Goldsmith: A Behind-the-Scenes look at a Behind-the-Scenes video

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

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