19 May 2016

Fashion photography in small rooms

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In a real studio, you’ll never face the problem of insufficient space, but you can often find yourself in pseudo-studios, which are too small or too low. Moreover, a photo shoot is sometimes taken with the use of a studio backdrop positioned in a flat (that’s my case). I’ve encountered the latter problem, i.e. insufficient height, but the methods of coping with it are similar to those of dealing with too small surfaces. Read more

23 Feb 2016

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider episode 1 – how not to take photos

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In 2010 I was busy preparing a photo report (yes, a photo report – one has to start somehow…) at an automotive industry trade fair. At one stall they mistook me for a professional photographer famous in the motorcycling circles, who belonged to the same editorial staff as I did. After a while, the stall’s owner pointed at me and told the hostesses, “This is the best photographer working here” and I didn’t care too much about getting things straight. The girls immediately gathered round me to pose for photos and one of them definitely was the most interesting hostess in the whole trade fair hall. I took the photos; a week later, that hostess – Klaudia Kandziora (currently Klaudia Danch, known as Kala) – found me on a social network website. We had a chat and I decided that it was high time I did a full-blown photo shoot, or at least something that would resemble it a bit. That was a breakthrough… my first photo shoot. I’ve only described it because I’m going to refer to it in some of my oncoming posts. Read more

14 Jul 2015

Fashion shots with sun reflectors

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I take photo shoots only with lights. If I happen to organize a photo shoot outdoors, I exclude the sunlight and provide light by myself. That time, however, though I had a studio kit consisting of 600 and 1200 Ws lights for photographing outdoors, I decided to take photos using only the sunlight.

Somewhere in the middle of 2013 I used to take very few photos and concluded that I should change it. I knew that I didn’t want another beauty photo shoot – I finally wanted a fashion one. I also knew whom I would like to work with… but I had no idea where. I had always had huge problems with finding locations for photo shoots; actually, the location had usually remained unknown until the day of the photo shoot. My first idea at that particular time was some nice roof, but go find me a nice-looking roof in my vicinity… Then I thought of taking photos with sand in the background to give them a desert-like style Read more

01 Jun 2015

Snow White cosplay

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Slightly over two years ago, two film versions of the popular fairy tale “Snow White” were shown in cinemas. One was an embarrassing comedy, while the other one – something much darker and appearing quite interesting. Karolina Zientek, my favorite make-up artist, concluded that it would be a good idea to take some photos of a girl stylized as Snow White. As I love cosplays, I supported the idea wholeheartedly. A few days later, we did the photo shoot described below.

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