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Editorial photography – I regret

Editorial photography – I regret

[wptab name=’English’]-. Editorial Photography Dear students, If you think that the editorial photography life is so romantic and cool.. please see the pics in the gallery! During a couple of years , while working on my own agency, we got a client of those that gives you work every single day. That was a Sport newspaper! Sports newspaper don’t really stand out for good quality in… nothing. As yesterday I posted how to do magic in bad light and environment conditions to get a nice quality shot. I’ll show you here my side B. All those pictures that I had no more option than shooting at request of the journalist «in charge». I won’t really blame journalists for such stupid requests, some of them are friends, nice people and just want to keep their jobs. Sometimes they have just kind of a visual culture embed on their reporter brains that leads them to match the standards of Sports newspapers. Those standards are not really ruled by a person, instead they seem ruled by a deity that is a mix of the collective of football fans culture, the short term lasting time of stories and decisions made under the feeling of an underpaid job… it’s like the whole universe conspire against sport photography. But… why?!?! Sports Illustrated is a galaxy away from this deity! The usual answer is that they are NOT Sports Illustrated… Of course media departments are not really collaborative but… do we always have to shoot a football player in casual clothes… with a ball?!!? Everybody knows he’s a football player! The usual answers are like… «no…...
Portrait photography – emergency shoot with a strobe

Portrait photography – emergency shoot with a strobe

    [wptab name=’English’]-. Portait photography Working as a freelance photographer for many years in Madrid has led me to some expertise to solve unexpected requests with a minimum quality standard. Media industry in Spain is not much organized or planned. It tends more to improvisation and the photographer has to be prepared to rush requests and produce good shots in short periods of time. I’ve never excused on time to justify poor quality on my work. It’s true that many times shooting conditions are just crazy and you can’t get nothing good out of them, but with the proper set up and intelligence you can make some magic happen and surprise your customer overcoming difficulties and producing a great shot in the worst conditions and rushing up. That’s what really makes the difference between you and other freelancers. Normally I carry with me my Canon 580EX II speedlite unit and a Hahnel remote radio trigger, that allows me take some risks and let my creativity fly. One of the tricks I use when shooting outdoors is placing the subject in the shades, setting my camera exposition to the lights and filling the subject with the light of my speedlite. That shot will give you the volume feeling that the customer can’t see on simple view. Even show him the results with no flash and with it, so he can see the difference the two shots and your expertise. The client will love you forever for being able to do something he can’t even dream about in so short time and with almost the equipment you can carry in...
Portrait Photography – The day I met Maria de Villota

Portrait Photography – The day I met Maria de Villota

[wptab name=’English’]-. Portrait photography I’ll always remember the day I met María de Villota. My friend and colleague Susana Vera from Reuters passed me an assignment for a Mag she culdn’t do although she drived me finally on her car to Jarama race track. There was that blonde girl under 30’s. At first sight she looked like a pretty girl with her doll house, but instead of having a house she had a box and instead of a doll she had a Formula 3000 car. I don not pretend to underestimate her, but unveiling my own prejudice and of many, who’d thought by that time that a woman could reach the dream of Formula1? The answer was on her look, she believed on it with deep determination and reflected it. Despite her friendly manners, strange behavior in an Elite athlete, María showed no sign of gender weakness when talking about her desire to reach the top. What most called my attention was that next time we met she saluted me with special affection, remembering our precious meeting. I’ve always thought that when you photograph somebody, there’s an intimate moment between two people. Both give something away, the photographer gives care through the camera and the subject gives back trust with its attitude, I’d dare to say that the phootgrapher/subject relationship is closer than the journalist/interviewed, because despite being shorter, the subject strips in front of the photographer, lets him see its inner self, with no words. Many times I keep some special affection to some people I’ve photographed, even if I never meet them again. Most of it if...