Monday, December 27, 2010

a new podcast ! Talks about photography (hebrew only)

I recorded a conversation with Miri Davidovitz - a well known fashion Photographer in Tel Aviv, Israel.
we Talked about her development as a photographer, her influences and her passions.

you can listen to the podcast (in hebrew) here.

Enjoy !

Monday, November 29, 2010

film over digital ?

if any of you still have doubts about the

Longevityof film vrs. digital media - check this out

Saturday, November 6, 2010

moving in a new studio

after months of searching, I finaly moved into a new location.
I do not claim that working from home doens't have pros,
but I always believed in a healthy separation between life and work.

So after months of searching and negotiatians I have settled in a nice bright industrial
space among some industrial and office buildings.
Ordered some new furnitures, installed a phone line and internet and I am good to go.

I know there's a lot of hard work a head of me. Convincing the right people
to work with me, to use my skills and my location to achieve the best results.

But I have done this before, so I pretty much have an idea of what is a head...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

island in the sun

thailand offers a few of the best beaches in the world.
might be a good idea for a location.
some day, some day ...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

another nude workshop on location

this time we shot in a beautiful reservoir near the seashore.
every student got a measured time with the model to implement his/her idea.

I asked the student to bring reference pictures and to sketch the scene so they would be best prepared and use their time to the best.

by shooting individually we could avoid casting each other's shadows in the scene or disturbing background. The model worked very well and free for 3 hours.

People came with excellent ideas and executed them very well.
We used golden reflectors, Flashes with umbrellas and a lot of direct harsh sunlight.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

getting early to a location has it's benefits ...

getting to a location way a head of your clients gives you an opportunitiy to shoot some images for yourself.
May it be architecture, portrait or scenary, it a good time to shoot and look arround.

I find it beneficial in many ways, I'm already "on the clock" which means I am going to get paid,
I am doing things that are interesting to me, and if I am lucky, by the time the client gets there, he finds me shooting and working.
when I get to a location, everything is interesting, the people, the light, the architecture, nobody is uninteresting.
That allows me to combine the "bread and butter" with the soul food.
and I have fun doing it.

here are some portraits and images from last week.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Shooting jewelry for a client

Shot with the Canon D5 MK II 
Daylight on a piece of glass
tilted about 4° above the desk.
The camera was put on a tripod
to enable long exposures and deep depth of Field

shooting for a movie poster

A while ago I shot a movie production on the set. I loved shooting the crew setting up gear, the actors getting into character and envisioning a scene. 
I accompanied them in 2 different locations. Got some beautiful shots, some got went as a cover for the PR print. 
As it happens, the whole movie was revised. They had to drop a lot of scenes and reshoot new ones on a new location. The movie is nominated for an important Film prize in Cannes.

So a new Poster image had to be shot. 
so yesterday we drove to the last location and worked on an image that could best represent the new movie.

It was again an interesting process only this time I wasn't really shooting on the "set", I had the actors all to myself so we could focus much better on a certain image and atmosphere. 

It was a beautiful setting and the natural light became more and more attractive, but I decided to emphasize the ambient light with some fill flash held by a voice activated tripod (the make up artist). 

on some images it provided exactly the right "push" to change it from a nice flat image to a more dramatic picture. 

The set was shot with my 5D MK II with the Canon 580EX Flash and a Nikon SB800 in Slave mode on about 1/4 power. 

Film Director: Yarden Karmin
Actrice: Hila Vidor
Actor: Erez Cahana

here are some images from the shooting: 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

tel aviv at night with 50mm

sometimes it's  a good exercise to limit yourself.
I went out with the canon 5d with the 50mm and no flash on it
crancked the ISO to 1600 and just shot a head, no tripod, no mission.
came with some interesting results, shooting with available night-light.
in the city you've got plenty of spotlights that will give you studio like light
free of charge ...

this was shot using available light only and iso 1600 on the canon D5 with a 50mm/1.8 mounted

more of this serie: 

Friday, March 26, 2010

a blog about street photography

you can't really beat old school street photography, especially in medium format
here's a blog I discovered just now that will really make you want to take hold 
of your grandmother's old "Rolley"and just go snapping pictures in the next street corner.

(there's no such thing as snapping with these old heavy cams)
every composition is carefully planned 
exposesures are mesured precisely

lovely stuff

thanks to John Maloof who manages the blog. His website  also deals with street photography.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

vintage collection

yesterday we shot a vintage collection.
it was a basic set up - single light with a big umbrella. 

Styling was done by Ifat, model was Avigail
we kept it clean and simple. 
The goal was to show the clothes, the fabric and how they should be worn.

So we were able to shot as many as 20 items in a very short period of time, while maintaining the necessary quality.

I especially liked the more detailed shots of the fabric.

for more details about the collection - check out Ifat's facebook

Sunday, March 21, 2010

following monet

here's a study in how those rival crafts can make a gesture: 

photography and painting, impressionism, that is. 
the original:
my study: 

Saturday, March 20, 2010

experimenting with food photography

Food is a great creative outlet.
challenging in many ways: light, composition, styling
here are some of my attempts to keep it simple and tasty