Alex Noriega | Featured Photographer

Photography Masterclass Magazine speak to USA Landscape Photographer Of The Year and International Landscape Photographer Of The Year, Alex Noriega, whose incredible images have been featured in numerous publications worldwide.

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Alex Noriega | Featured Photographer
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The Challenge

Photographers are very familiar with the challenges faced in their line of work. They often have to deal with challenges in order to be able to capture the right image at the right moment and deliver the intended message or provoke the right feelings. However, this category is about conveying the theme of challenge in a clear manner either in the way the photograph was shot or in its content and subject matter. The scope is quite wide; the challenge could be shown in the composition of the picture, the arrangement of its elements, sequence, the lighting, or in expressing the odd and unusual (without digital manipulation). It can be in capturing a fleeting moment that may never pass again, or in delivering a piece of information or situation that is quite hard for most people to do. Don’t limit your mind to what the challenge may be; seek it and capture it.

Grang Prize Winner
Landfill Ballerina
Arash Yaghmaeian | United States of America
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1st Winner
A Butterfly in Water
Giulio Montini | Italy
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2nd Winner
Knowledge, the Most Powerful Weapon
Adel El Masri | Palestinian Territory
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3rd Winner
A Fight for Survival
Mohammad Khorshid | Kuwait
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The Challenge
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Find your Muse

Professional photographer Sean Archer reveals the difficulties faced while searching for the perfect model.

There’s a question I get every day: “Where do you get all these models? Where do you ind these gorgeous girls?” This is the most popular question at my workshops. A few days ago, I asked my followers on Instagram what the most dificult part is for them as portrait photographers – and again, the most popular answer was ‘inding models’. More than 70 per cent chose this one. So it’s a real problem.

This is because the term ‘model’ often refers to a highly attractive, extremely photogenic young girl. When you work with such models you can get a lot of good-looking – and probably popular – shots. But I believe that popularity is secondary. Ahead of that, you have to be a good portrait photographer; and to be good, you have to train with real people around you – with a lot of different people.

Five years ago I started to work with my friends – because who else will pose for you if you’re an absolute beginner and don’t have a portfolio? Of course, my first shots were bad. We all have to start somewhere. After three months, I realised how to use natural light, understood camera settings and found a good way of post-processing. And again, I asked my friends to pose for me. They didn’t complain – usually the photo shoot is a lot of fun – and the quality of my work rose a lot. My friends were happy to upload my portraits to their Facebook and Instagram profiles.

That was the turning point. A lot of people started to ask them who the photographer was – they found out it was me, and that I worked for free. Yes, photography is my passion and I was ready to work for free. Really, I never thought about money at all, and I worked for free for my irst two years, shooting anybody who wanted to do it. Absolutely anybody – male, female, different ages, weights and heights. It was a great experience for me. I would say it was necessary for me to grow as a portrait photographer.

I know it’s much easier to make good portraits of attractive and photogenic professional models – but if you’re really good, you can make a good portrait of real people around you. So don’t wait for the perfect model: they are already around you. Work with people you’re comfortable with: your friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, parents, children – anyone. Learn light and camera settings, posing and postproduction, composition and colour, then try to make it better every time.

Your skills are more important than everything else. That’s for sure.

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Find your Muse
Professional photographer Sean Archer reveals the difficulties faced while searching for the perfect model.

via Digital Photographer – Issue 189

“Golden and blue hours are almost always the best times to shoot a landscape image.”

We’ve all seen landscape shots that just nail it – the perfect mix of light, composition and subject matter rolled into one. But how do you get it to all come together? New Zealand photographer Rach Stewart shares eight ways you can take better landscape images, now.

Think about your focal point; the rule of thirds is popular for a reason; have a foregroung; think about the time of day; understand colour; gear: using a tripod and filters to capture movement; know your histogram; the weather…
from “8 Tips for Better Landscapes”

more in Australian Photography – July 2017

A Fine Line | Angelo Ioanides

Angelo Ioanides is the founder and publishing editor of Extraordinary Vision Magazine.
Driven by his conviction that an image’s ultimate source of power is derived from the photographer’s creative vision, Angelo first published EV mag in 2012 to serve as the outdoor photographer’s source of insight and inspiration.

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A Fine Line | Angelo Ioanides
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Dramatically Improve your Composition with Leading Lines

Dramatically Improve your Composition with Leading Lines

The Sound of Darkness
by Carlos Gotay
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Palacio De Las Artes Reina Sofia
by David Rodriguez Palomar
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Leading Lines
by Hanaa Turkistani
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Other Transporter
by Zachary Voo
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Winter Road
by Lauri Lohi
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Dramatically Improve your Composition with Leading Lines

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Understanding Composition

The Understanding Composition eBook
by Kent DuFault

Great Composition is The Foundation For Award-Winning Photography!
Take Control of Your Photographic Efforts!
Learn What Composition is!
Learn How to Spot it in a Scene!
Most Importantly – Learn How to Make it WORK for YOU!

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When You Create a Photograph, You’re Forcing a Three-Dimensional View onto a Two-Dimensional Medium.
This befuddles the Brain- It WANTS to see in Three-Dimensions!
Composition fools the Brain into seeing what it wants to see.
Composition Leads the Brain through the photograph.
Composition is the Road Map of Your Images!

Understanding Composition
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