Beck BBC4

beck tv show

Writing to inform my blog readers about my long fascination with Nordic noir drama. It appears the stories and acting appeal to me. But what really brings me in is their cinematography. Check out some frames from the Nordic TV drama Beck (1997-)
Notice the use of backlighting and side/rim lighting, the monochromatic blue frames, leading lines and frames. Just finished watching the pilot and am looking forward to completing the rest of the series.

Πρόσφατα σε ένα από τα blogs για το σινεμά τα οποία παρακολουθώ ενημερώθηκα για την ύπαρξη της τηλεοπτικής σειράς Beck, νορβηγικό δράμα με φοβερή φωτογραφία. Βραδυνές λήψεις, χρώματα, σκοτεινό φόντο και ατμόσφαιρα. Δείτε μερικά δείγματα απο φωτογραφίες απο την σειρά για μία γέυση της φωτογράφησης της σιεράς.

 

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Jo Nesbo in Athens today !!

jo nesbo athens

jo nesbo athensI am so excited!! My wife and I love Jo Nesbo’s books. I admit I got her hooked on him after “Blood on the snow”, then she went off and read most all of his books.
Turns out the local publisher here in Greece “Εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο” has invited him today at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens Greece.

Its an hour and a half drive but I am trying to make it out there today and see our hero!
Cant wait to see the “Snowman” movie that was based on his book of the same title.

Seems like this is becoming a Nesbo year.
Hope to make it out there today and present some photos here. Its tough to get in as there are a limited number of seats!

wish me luck 🙂

** UPDATE

After a 2 hour drive to Athens and all seats being taken with people waiting outside in case there is an extra seat I felt discouraged. Thank God there were tickets waiting for me as I had called ahead and said I would be driving there from far away.
The place (the Onasis Cutlural Center) blew my away with its design. The convenient parking underground saved us as we didnt have time to look for street parking. Plus it only cost 5 euros for 3 hours. The scary bit was going down 6 levels. I had never gone that far into the earth to park 🙂
The conversation was an eye opened as we discovered how laid back and casual Jo Nesbo was and that he was in Greece for the past 3 weeks doing rock climbing in Kalymnos (greek island). Turns out if you google it they are famous for rock climbing down there.
Enjoyed hearing his thoughts on morality and what we consider good and evil as justified by social mandates and not true absolute God given codes. I would have liked to personally ask him if this negates evil then, and if the driving engine behind all his books is not to conquer the evil doer. Is Nesbo a nihilist perhaps?
It was a very philisophical conversation from a person who seemed to be very psychologically balanced who was done his soul searching in life.
Norway he also explained was fair to all its citizens and shared its wealth equally to its citizens. Even unemployed people in Norway can survive just fine so there is no real reason to commit any crime. Maybe thats why there is a rise in crime fiction writers in Norway, it only exists in the fantasy realm.

One thing is for sure, having lived in the US and Greece myself, I felt envious that in 2017 neither of those 2 countries offer me any kind of security in the future in terms of employment, health insurance, food and board or survival for that matter. I felt envious that I was not born in Norway….

Photos from the event follow.

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Wedding photography training ?

If you are like me you are constantly trying to up your game and improve, but are you finding that there are more wedding photography tutors out there than there are clients with inquiries.
It seems that for every pound of knowledge  I work hard to digest an ounce of improvement shows up in my work. And I guess that;s the case wih education, you can cram so much education into your memory cells but unless you actively train and apply those techniques they seem to be lost in some dark corner of your brain. That knowledge usually shows up in your memory when you recognize one of those techniques in someone else’s work.”Oh yeah thats a reflection shot with an archway as a frame and some bokeh xmas lighs in the foreground” etc. But unless you do a dozen of those that knowledge will be inaccessible it seems.
So getting back to my original statement, the weaker I feel the more tutors and educators appear online, making it seem so easy to attain a higher level. And you go to seminars, and watch so many hours of youtube videos, and ebooks/paperbooks, blogs, following your hero photographers. And you see so many photographers in those seats next to you, excited. Dont get me wrong, its great to network and share the knowledge. The only concern I have it seems alot of this bettering ourselves doesnt necessarily translate to more clients, or even  people who connect with our work.
So the latest in the education series is the marketing techniques.  They tell us all the aesthetic stuff is good but if clients dont book you are not working on your business, your SEO, your marketing  etc.

I guess what I am saying is its hard to keep working on all of these skillsets, and the money we spend is never seen by our clients who I assume think we only bought a camera and that was it, 🙂

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10 basic wedding poses

These poses here I have learned from posts from slrlounge. They are mostly used by everyone and have existed for a long time but that group did a great job in identifying them   and giving them some cool names to remember them by. I may have modified 1 or 2 as going from memory here.

These poses are described in terms of the body positions and how they relate to each other, or how the feet are positioned.

  1. The V-up (couples connect at back shoulder)
  2. Closed (basic, face each other)
  3. Opened (stand next to each other)
  4. Stacked (one is behind the other, also the reverse)
  5. Reversed
  6. The Walk
  7. The Swing (Lift)
  8. The Dip
  9. The Carry
  10. Staggered ( on in front of other apart on diff. planes)

The first 5 poses are intimate and where most of our work is done. On those you can add kisses, hugs, involved hand placement for more contact points, gazing, laughter, rub noses etc.

The last 5 are more kinetic and involve physical movement or dynamic placement.

So the first 5 are based on Emotion and the next 5 on Motion.
They set the groundwork,  you still need to position the heads the hands and mostly elicit an emotional reaction (expressions). All these will add variety.

 

One more pose that I will that I like and will  start  adding into my own work is DANCING. It either involves the groom holding the bride and she rolls away and back (swooshing the dress) or the bride dancing along in front of the groom

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Location scouting problems

tiryntha, tiryns

Having found this great field on the way from my town Argos towards Nafplio I was very happy. It had bales of hay and great view of an open sky with the added benefit of the sun setting in the background. Golden rays.

I was able to take this photo at that same spot of the wife while testing my new Nikon zoom lens.
tiryntha, tiryns

What great colors and background I thought. I even took a photo of myself and the location itself for ideas of how to frame my couple the next day.

Here are some pics of  that

A few minutes after this photo 2 shepherds in the distance approached me and told me to leave the premises. I was on prison ground !! and they were prisoners serving time!! I couldn’t shoot there again they said.

I was heartbroken. Some times the best locations are not attainable 🙁

I have these few frames to remember this by.

 

For more on my wedding photography in Nafplio work check out this page here: wedding nafplio

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Irving Penn

Don’t know why it took me so long to discover portrait/fashion photographer Irving Penn.
Going back to the 1940s for his beginnings we are informed that he was one of the first to use  a simple grey or white background. He originated the portrait in a corner look. I see this alot these days with Sam Hurd and Sue Bryce coming to mind at the moment (corner portraits).

Looking thru his portfolio I also see that he used hands to cover one eye (popular in wedding and fashion photography these days) as well as hiding in branches and leaves (also popular today in stylistic choices the photographers make).

Also like his use of what fashion photographers call the “headache pose” these days of Truman Capote.
I am adding some stills that I found on the internet to demonstrate some of the points I made above. I will dig deeper into his work…

irving pennirving penn

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Couple posing tips

Here are some tips for  posing a couple for engagement or during the wedding day or the day after the wedding as we commonly have here in Greece. So we don’t get frustrated during the photo session I have compiled some go to tips.

  • Change Locations or Backgrounds for variety. Important note: You dont need much scenery for a portrait. Sometimes a hint of the location works. (Wall, Sky, Leaves)
  • Change the Lighting Direction on your subject. Sun can be directly hitting them. Then turn around and get some backlight, then go for a silhouette, then turn them sideways for some Rembrandt or split lighting. Note : The pose should suit the lighting scenarion. Mood also.
  • Expressions variety. Funny, serious, laugh, romance.
  • Movement. Walking to me, or away or sideways. Hair toss or veil shake. Dancing are some ideas.
  • Eyes. Closed, direction away or to us or to ground or to each other.
  • Facial views. Full, 3/4, Profile, From behind OTS (over the shoulder)
  • Hands and arms in posing. Many combos here, touch hip – shoulder- neck-hair – other arm etc. Ying and yang not mirrored. Opposing V shapes as framing.
  • Mood. Light & Airy, Dark and moody. Shadows control
  • Reflections
  • Chin to shoulders (front and from side) and Nose to the Light poses
  • Change walking, looking directions. Also change which side the female is on. Also which part of the frame they occupy.
  • Crops . Reportage needs Full. Medium and Close ups.
  • Head poses. Chin up or down, tilt to side, turn away or to profile)
  • Activities. Walking, smoking, holding bouquet  or jacket, lean on wall or car, bask in sun.
  • Sitting down on chair or ground level.
  • Poses together and apart. Staggered. Featuring one with parts of other as decor.
  • Make sure they are close for affection and multiple contact points.
  • Hold hands
  • Fluff out dress
  • Thru the veil shots
  • About to kiss, whisper in her ear. nose to temple, snuggle-hug with arms, make her laugh.
  • Magnetize heads
  • Angles on same pose. 360 degrees around and distance (near-far). Move around them.

 

More tips on this article here.

 

 

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Sigma 50mm 1.4

sigma 50mm 1.4

Portrait of the wife with the Sigma 50mm 1.4. This is shot at 1.4 wide open rendering the background into beautiful creamy bokeh.

Never have I loved a lens as much as the 50mm 1.4 by Sigma. This was recommended by Sam Hurd on his blog. Thanks for the tip Sam. I see what you meant.

Lighting in the afternoon which is falling behind my wife with a back light /rim effect completes the composition. There is some natural reflectors present bouncing light into her face from walls across the street, giving a nice fill to reduce the contrast ratio.

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Playing with light

These 3 portraits of my kid were done with the concept of playing with light. Tools used to achieve the desired looks ranged from directs sun, off camera flash and flaring into an old russian vintage lens.

Photography means writing with light in Greek, so to master light is of the essence. This is a topic which  can cover a wide array of uses and is one that I will revisit again and again in adding to my portfolio here.

Enjoy!

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Παιδική χαρά στο Ναύπλιο

nafplio swings

nafplio swings (photo by the swings in nafplio)

nafplio swings, παιδικη χαρα ναυπλιο
Φωτογραφία από βόλτα στις κούνιες με τον μικρό στο Ναύπλιο.

Μαζί μου κουβαλώ πολλές φορές την μικρότερη κάμερα canon 550D με τον δικό της ζουμ φακό 18-55. Αν και το ελάχιστο διάφραγμα είναι μόνο στα 3.5 και αυτό για τα ευργώνια μόνο πλάνα καθότι δεν είναι σταθερό σε όλο το εύρως του φακού, βρίσκω ότι με βοηθάει να συνθέτω περισσότερα κάδρα στο ευρυγώνιο και να σκέφτομαι περισσότερο πως θα γεμίσω το κάδρο και πως θα πω την ιστορία.
Εδώ τραβήχτηκε σε ασπρόμαυρη κατευθείαν μέσα στην κάμερα, κάνοντας σε να δεσμευθείς σε αυτό το look και να μπορείς να σκέφθεσαι σε αυτό σε αντίθεση με ένα look που θα φορούσες μετά στο post.

 

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φωτογραφηση Πέτρου

canon 550D portrait, 55-250

canon 550D portrait, 55-250

 

Πολλές φορές νομίζουμε ότι ο εξοπλισμός μας δεν είναι αρκετά καλός για να φωτογραφίσουμε “επαγγελματικά”, και ίσως έχουμε δίκιο (θα εξηγήσω παρακάτω γιατί έχω αγοράσει την Nikon D750 με την οποία φωτογραφίζω τα μυστήρια της δουλειάς μου σαν φωτογράφος γάμου και βαπτίσεων).
Σίγουρα πάντως δεν χρειάζεται να ανησυχούμε για πορτρέτα σε καλό φως. Εάν γνωρίζουμε την τέχνη της φωτογραφίας και έχουμε εξασκίσει επανειλημμένα στην πράξη την φωτογράφηση πορτρέτων, τοπίων, αρχιτεκτονικής, φυσικό τοπίο κτλ, τότε δεν έχουμε τίποτα να φοβηθούμε από τις καινούργιες κάμερες και φακούς που θα μας δώσουν το καθαρότερο δυνατό αποτέλεσμα και δυναμικό εύρως σε πιο δύσκολους φωτισμούς.
Σημασία έχει η επιλογή του θέματος και του φόντου που θα κάνουμε να έχει δυναμικό εύρως (απο τα φωτεινα στα σκοτεινά) που να καλύπτεται απο την παλιότερη κάμερα μας.
Εαν δηλαδή το φως είναι καλό δεν έχουμε τίποτα να φοβηθούμε. Για αυτό πολοί συναδέλφοι φωτογράφοι έχουν τραβήξει γάμους και με Apple Iphone 7.

Η φωτογραφία που υπάρχει σε αυτό το άρθρο  έχει τραβηχθεί με ερασιτεχνική παλιά κάμερα Canon 550D που με μια γρήγορη ματιά στο ebay βλέπω ότε αγοράζετα με 180 δολάρια !!
Ο φακός είναι επίσης οικονομικός ζουμ και αν και δείχνει εκτός κυκλοφορίας το amazon τον δείχνει ενδεικτικά στα 120 δολάρια.

Δηλαδή με συνολικό κόστος 300 δολλάρια (λιγότερα από ότι πολλά παιδιά αγοράζουν κινητά αυτές τις μέρες) έχεις αυτό το αποτέλεσμα.
Κρίνετε μόνοι σας και αποφασίστε εαν όντως χρειαζόσαστε τον τελευταίο εξοπλισμό που κυκλοφορεί στην αγορά.

Αυτό που προανέφερα όμως είναι σημαντικό. Να γνωρίζετε την τέχνη της φωτογραφίας. Αυτό πληρώνετε σε μία βάπτιση η γάμο, μαζί με επαγγελματικό εξοπλισμό (για τον δυσκολο φωτισμό στου ναούς η με συνεφία η σε σπίτι με λιγοστο φως) και τις ώρες που θα επεξεργαστεί μετά στο PC.

Και ακριβώς αυτός είναι και ο λόγος που εμείς οι φωτογραάφοι που καλύπτουμε μυστήρια επαγγελματικά χρειαζόμαστε τον καλό εξοπλισμό.  Γιατί τις περισσότερες φορές θα υπάρξει μη αρεστός φωτισμός και δύσκολες συνθήκες.

Αυτό δεν εμποδίζει εσάς όμως να φωτογραφίσετε τους δικούς σας ανθρώπους σε καλό φως με ευκολότερες συνθήκες. Δηλαδή με τον εξοπλισμό που ανέφερα και καλό τοπίο / φως και θέμα θα έχετε μπροστά σας την πιθανότητα μιας καλής φωτογραφίας. Εδω μόνο κριτήριο είναι η γνώση και η εμπειρία που θα επηρεάσει το αποτέλεσμα και όχι τόσο ο καλύτερος εξοπλισμός.
Και αυτά χτίζονται μία ολόκληρη ζωή.

 

This post serves to demonstrate that even old equipment can be used to photograph subjects in good light. Using the environment and the lighting to your advantage you can come up with great results. The camera used here is a Canon 550D and the lens a Canon 55-250. The lens compression made the subject pop from the background and the lighting gave him a nice back and rim light. In front of him was a white building acting as a natural reflector bouncing great soft light back into his face. This is the ideal lighting I look for when doing portrait sessions or weddings.

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φωτογραφος γαμου κορινθος

φωτογραφος γαμου κορινθος

φωτογραφος γαμου κορινθος : Φωτογραφος γαμου και βαπτίσεων με βάση την Αργολίδα καλύπτουμε φυσικά και την Κόρινθο χωρις εξτρα επιβάρυνση.
Θα χαρούμε να συνεργαστούμε,
Η ώρα η καλή

Sam Tziotzios

wedding nafplioφωτογραφος γαμου κορινθος

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