My Photographers Blog – James Nader
Photographer’s blog or photography blog allows me to share some of my photographic techniques and client shoots, sharing actual technical setups of the shoots. I started my career after university with a degree in photography and graphics. I then went on to the USA to study the classics in traditional photography in RIT – Kodak city.
Coming from the film and processing era and the classic days of shooting film, processing, printing in both monochrome and colour. Digital photography was the revolution and allowed me to move from the darkroom to the digital workflow seamlessly. I know work in both digital and film and work for an array of diverse clients with fashion being my main focus, however as a photographer it’s best to be diverse in your skills and that I am.
This blog is really an insight into some of the processes I use and the results they give for clients. A less formal way of discussing what I do and how I work, intending to keep it real. What I mean by this is, this blog is not for clients to see necessarily but for people in general who are interested in me and my process.
Working with Dita Von Teese was one of my bucket list items. Since seeing her in all publications she had the retro look which I liked. We shot for two hours on location in Ibiza. 100ft Drop and a drugged up horse.
27 people in our production crew and just 2 double rooms in our way out cabin, honestly what are you thinking about and why?. Cost saving costs crew!!! he had left the message asking if I would like to fly to Iceland on a 21-day shoot next month!
Desaturation is not the way for an effective Black and White conversion
Having been initially a monochrome photographer processing my negatives and client prints. I have learned a few interesting techniques utilising a range of today’s software. This article runs you through some very basics which will apply to Camera Raw in Photoshop, Lightroom, Silver Efex, Tonality and Luminar
Great techniques for you to use
As times change, Photographers are covering more aspects of the profession. From creative direction and art direction, its obvious clients are expecting more from their commissions including video…
Manchester shoot street photography allows me to find a chance at some Fine Art Photography with an “Englishman in Manchester”
“Vibrant Red hair, striking red ear hoops, eccentric tattoo art and to cap it all pointy things in her mouth with studs on her nose.”
Developing your own style and workflow can be a challenge. I have been through this process quite a few times in my career, and recently about a year ago I hit the wall once again; I realised being everything to everyone had exhausted my creative flow. Social media was driving my creative vision and rarely would I divulge my photographic inspirations and abilities for the shame of not being that true fashion photographer. 2020 has seen me begin to show the real creativity in me.
Magazine style black and white photography and beautiful images processed in Lightroom and the Adobe Photoshop darkroom – Notable Apps and plugins get a mention too!
It’s important to work with the Creative Directors’ vision for the client. You must make changes quickly on the fly bringing your creative team on board with your changes. Sell them the vision.
Shooting the Floating Lady, Creative Photography concpet with a Client’s conceptual vision expectations and a producer’s visual set in stone on a mood board back in the office can set you up for failure on location.
Street Casting is the process whereby production houses or in this case me, go into an area or location where there is a requirement for a specific type of artist for a brief. I had one now.
A street casting with the subject of Tattoo and Adorments. A pure gamble capturing a subject outside of my usual comfort zone, to show photography is being able to photograph with light, shape and composition.
What is the price of fame nowadays especially for a model or actor? I“Getting yourself a stylist these days is virtually impossible”A model’sor actors’ investment in themselves is a costly thing.
Beach Photography, can this be classed the same or similar to Street Photography or is there less skill needed to accomplish this.? Ok so one difference is everyones wobbly bits on show
I can work with a vast range of photo lighting and light quality, mixing and matching but overall creating my own particular style of light. I can also replicate this style in Film lights, Arri lights, Flash
Travelling anywhere these days for me, is all about maximising the true potential of any opportunity , but also looking at any other potentials hidden within searching out hidden opportunities is a must.
Sandy had just won the German version of Germany’s Top Model this shot was a filler shot for the calendar however I love this ans spent a little more time on the finished image. The background was shot in the superb lakes of Croatia.
So we found over 24 fabulous shooting locations in Iceland, We know this as I was given the task to create 24 spectacular stand-alone images for the Lambertz Calendar and we visited these plus many more.
Logistically challenging trips in the mountain with the kit. Three cable cars would carry us to the top but the problem being the time getting there and setting up. Recce day cold and very misty with cloudy.
Your elevator pitch should last no longer than a short elevator ride of 20 to 30 seconds, hence the name. Your pitch should be interesting, memorable, and succinct. It should also mention what you do and for whom. We tell you more…
Projector Lighting – Using a projector as a light source can create an unusual effective in images, projecting patterns and shapes onto the model can produce some interesting graphical images. We will give you all the information you need to get going.
The hip name for using your iPhone and being a photographer is “iPhoneographer or phonography“ “I have been using the iPhone for all types of captures from recce work with clients to my own studies.”
Vintage paraphernalia perfect for your swirly Bokeh. Recently put the PETZVAL lens though its paces for Lomography UK whilst on location in Cumbria in the Lake District UK.
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