tiistai 22. huhtikuuta 2014

Becoming a Professional Photographer

As a photography student I often think about how to use these skills in the future. There are lot of options for those who are interested in doing professional photography: Commercial photography, fashion photography, portrait and wedding photography, press photography and documentary, editorial photography, advertising photography, technical and scientific photography and art photography.

Professional and part-time photographers can sell their images to stock websites and sell their images as prints. You can end up giving workshops to beginners or maybe start buying and selling equipment. I´ve been thinking that I should try selling my images to stock websites, because with that extra income I might be able to buy a new camera!

Read more: How to Make Money From Photography

Images from our trip to Japan on April 2013.

Valokuvauksen opiskelijana tulee mietittyä, että miten voisin hyödyntää tätä opittua taitoa myös tulevaisuudessa. Ammatimaisena kuvaaja voisin päätyä tekemään kaupallista kuvausta (tuotekuvia, katalogeja, esitekuvauksia, vuosikertomuksia yms.), muotikuvausta, hääkuvausta, lehtikuvausta tai dokumentaarista valokuvausta, aikakauslehtien kuvauksia, mainoskuvausta, teknistä tai tieteellistä kuvausta tai päätyä valokuvataiteilijaksi. 

Sekä ammattilaiset että harrastajat voivat tarjota kuviaan kuvapankkeihin ja koettaa myydä kuviaan printteinä. Valokuvaajana voi päätyä myös opettamaan muita tai vaikkapa myymään valokuvaustarvikkeita. 

Olen välillä miettinyt kuvien myymistä kuvapankkeihin, koska siitä saisi vähän lisätuloa, jolla voisi ostaa parhaassa tapauksessa vaikka uuden kameran. Digikuvaaja.net-sivustolla Teemu Tretjakov kertoo omista kokemuksistaan kuvapankeista. 
Kuvien myyminen kuvapankkien kautta

sunnuntai 6. huhtikuuta 2014

Interview: Fashion Photographer Louise Samuelsen

I interviewed lovely London-based fashion photographer Louise Samuelsen couple weeks ago. She is originally from Denmark and she has worked in Copenhagen, New York and London. Later in the spring she is flying off to Morocco to do fashion photoshoots. We talked about for example how her career started, and what kind of advice she would give to young photographers, who are starting their careers. 

Photos: Louise Samuelsen, louisesamuelsen.com

How did your career start?

I studied marketing and maths, but I always knew that I loved photography. I met this guy in Copenhagen and he worked as an assistant in a place called Schiller. It was a community of photographers, it had six studios and 25 photographers. All different type of photographers, fashion, portrait, advertising, cars, still life... He asked, why don´t you come there and offer you help for free. And I did that for about three months, and then someone left and I got offered a position. So I started assisting a still life photographer and this was back, when we used 4 x 5, 8 x 10 film. It was really interesting start actually. Not something that I would have thought I´d really like... shooting still life, but it was good. 

What kind of advices would you give to those, who are starting their careers? 

I think, gather as much experience, from loads of different people, as you can. Obviously you need to know, what you like and what you don´t like. If you´ve got and idea, where you want to go, then it´s clearer. I worked for loads of photographers, I went to New York and assisted probably about 15 to 16 different photographers. I spent three years in New York assisting and shooting. It was probably the best experience, because they were all very talented people and they were all very different. You learn a lot, in terms of clients, lighting, technical stuff etc. If you are going to start assisting and gathering experience, great way is to get to know other assistants. If you get a good relationship going, they´re going to recommend you and your name gets out there. And obviously you shoot as much as you can.  

How did you find your clients?

Well, I´m blessed, I´ve got really lovely clients. and loads of them I´ve had for six or seven years. And it almost becomes friendship after a while. I´m really lucky, that I´ve worked with really nice people... If you´re name gets passed on, then you know it´s going to be a good day, because you got recommended. But obviously I get work through my agents, they are clients, that I´ve never met before. In those first two hours you need to get to know each other and get to know, what do they like, what do they want. Sometimes client might not say, that actually this is great, we´ve got what we wanted. So you´ve have to learn how to read people. If the client is not happy, we change the hair, make-up or lighting... we do something different.

What equipment are you usually using?

I mainly shoot digital now, I used to use medium format, Mamiya 67. I still have that and occasionally I shoot a roll of film. I shoot with Canon Eos Mark III. And occasionally I like shooting Polaroids as well, I´ve got SX 70 and newer Fuji Polaroid camera.  

Where do you get your inspiration?

I do research a lot online. I like looking at the older stuff, go to flea markets, looking through old books... I especially love the 70´s, the make-up, the hair and clothing. I like to see exhibitions. I also like following couple of these street style blogs, there is lot inspirations to get there as well... I like to shoot things that are quite wearable, and actually work in real life. 

How finished ideas do you have when you start shooting?

It varies. Sometimes I like to tone up, obviously knowing that I´ve got the right team, hair, make-up and a good model is obviously essential... and a stylist, if you don´t have that, the image can be little bit unsatisfying. Sometimes I have a clear idea, how I want to light the image and how the finished image is going to look like. But most often it sort of just happens on the shoot. I don´t get too locked in to an idea, because sometimes you feel you don´t get it. And other times you just will. I like the working progress of it. So I sort of shoot my way in to it, figuring out how I´m going to get the shot. 

What kind of techniques are you using?

I like using daylight a lot, but obviously most of the time you don´t have much of that, so I like to light image looking like there´s daylight. And I like using constant light I like mixing the colors as well. I don´t like when It looks too ‘flashed’. Saying that what I do like on camera flash, is really punchy flash, if the image needs a flash that what I usually go. I like mirrors as well. 

Do you usually like to work with the same team?

I obviously have a bunch of people I love working with, super talented and lovely. But on occasion it is great to switch things up and add a new person on the team, the energy changes and magic happens.... 

Photos: Louise Samuelsen
Interview: Jonna Pennanen

torstai 3. huhtikuuta 2014

Narrative: A Book Full of Magic

Yay! Here is a picture of my book! It is a small booklet about everyday magic and how you can find magic around you when you just keep you eyes open at the right time. My stop motion animation is also finished today, but at the moment the file is too big to be published online. But I´ll try to make a web friendly version of it in some point.

The cover page of my booklet

Tässä on nyt kuva valmiista kirjastani! Se on tällainen pieni kirjanen siitä, miten elämässä voi kohdata taikuutta, jos osaa vaan pitää silmät auki oikealla hetkellä. Stop motion animaatiokin valmistui tänään, mutta se on tällä hetkellä liian iso nettiin ladattavaksi. Katsotaan, jos saisin sen jossain vaiheessa pakattua pienempää kokoon. 

The title of my stop motion animation

keskiviikko 2. huhtikuuta 2014

Narrative: Make your own book

Finally my book is ready! I have to say that it was a matter of trial and error. Today I printed my book for the fourth time, because the first time I made a mistake in loading the paper. On the second time the cutting marks didn´t match, on the third time the printer was making the images too light. So the fourth time I got it right. After I´ve done the Japanese Bookbinding I had to undo it once, because I hadn´t cut the edges of the pages. So yes, I´m very happy that I´ve done it now. 

Here´s a Japanese Bookbinding tutorial that I got from my friend:

Vihdoinkin kirjani on valmis! Kyllä sen kanssa piti taistellakin. Tänään tulostin sen neljättä kertaa, koska ensimmäisellä kerralla syötin paperin väärin. Toisella kerralla sivujen leikkausmerkit eivät täsmänneet, kolmannella kerralla tulostusjälki oli liian vaaleata. Kun tein tätä japanilaista kirjansidontaa, niin jouduin purkamaan sen kertaalleen, koska en ollut leikannut sivujen reunoja tasaiseksi. Muilla tavoin sidottujen kirjojen reunat voi viimeistellä sidonnan jälkeen, mutta ei silloin kun käytetään japanilaista sidontaa. 

Yllä on tutorial, jonka avulla voit opetella tekemään tyylikkään japanilaisen kirjansidonnan, jos kirjansidonta kiinnostaa. 

tiistai 1. huhtikuuta 2014

Narrative: Ghosts for breakfast

When I saw a film called 'a Trip to the Moon' by Georges Méliès for the first time, I was really surprised how well it was made. He was using multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color in his work already in 1902.

This week I saw Hans Richter´s film for the first time, and I had the same feeling. It is so amazing how these filmmakers were so creative and talented, and ready to explore everything new without any preconception.

Joitain vuosia sitten, kun näin ensimmäisen kerran Georges Mélièsin filmin Matka kuuhun, olin hämmästynyt, miten taitavasti se oli tehty. Méliès käytti kaksoisvalotusta, stop motionia, ristikuvaleikkausta, häivytyksiä, filmin graafista manipulointia ja monia muita tehosteita jo 1900-luvun alussa.

Kun näin Hans Richterin elokuvan Ghosts for Breakfast tällä viikolla, koin samanlaisen ihmetyksen tunteen kuin nähdessäni Mélièsin elokuvia ensimmäistä kertaa. Miten luovia ja lahjakkaita he ovatkaan olleet, ja valmiit kokeilemaan kaikenlaista uutta ennakkoluulottomasti.