“From Japan, to the world”

This time, I wanted to create a series of photographs based on the theme “From Japan, to the world”.

By adding Japanese-type emotions and items, my goal was to produce art that incorporates the Japanese spirit while also integrating various international elements. I went location scouting in temples and shrines in Kyoto, taking photos in several places. At one temple I asked them for a big favor — to light up the lanterns along the temple’s stone stairway in the early morning. I then had a model wearing high heels stand on the stairs and took photos of her. She stood absolutely still with an umbrella in hand, and the umbrella had a flash installed inside. It was summer and very hot, so the session was pretty brutal. …

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A photographer living in Nagoya, Japan, HASEO is a full member of APA (Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association). He is committed to capturing real images, and refuses to alter his work with synthesis or CG. Focusing on the darkness of the human mind and society, his photography expresses original stories based on his unique view of the world. He developed his own “policy” of capturing all women beautifully, which is widely appreciated by photographers and hair stylists in Japan.

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Rain in the City

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots showing rain in this city photo contest

Walking in the rain
by Europephotos
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Photo by Stephenpapageorge
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Photo by Chica1024
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by PaulHenryStudios
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Photo by Sarathvitala
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more in: “49 Awesome And Rainy Shots From The City”
at viewbug

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Rainy Street Photography | Ed Gordeev

Rainy Street Photography
by Ed Gordeev

edgordeev10aСанкт-Петербург. Лето
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edgordeev10bлиссабонские зарисовки…
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edgordeev10cСанкт-Петербург. Октябрь..
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edgordeev10eОсенняя фотография…
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Ed Gordeev Photography
more at 35photo

Lighting Modifiers You Must Own (and Why)

Lighting Modifiers You Must Own (and Why)
from: The Photographer’s Lighting Handbook
an educational guide by Photoshelter and Profoto

Although flash heads typically have controls to alter the power output of the light, controlling the quality of light can be challenging (although it can be done depending on the quality of gear you use). Some photographers (e.g. Landon Nordeman and Amy Lombard) use hard light to good effect. But for other photographers, lighting modifiers provide a means to control the hardness, spread and color of light. Here are a few modifiers we think should be in your arsenal.

Modifiers09a Modifiers09b Modifiers09c Modifiers09dThe Photographer’s Lighting Handbook

get the free guide at photoshelter