Hope you are haveng a great start to this week. Finally some sun on the skies today in Warsaw! Past few days, were like typical fall depression… grey dark, yakh!
Well, back to today’s post.
Not long ago, I had Marcin back in the studio, for a headshot refresher, with his new look. It is always amazing, to see one of my favorite models come back to the studio and shoot after a while.
What is also amazing, is that I could compare my headshot work from 2 years ago vs what I do today… and let me tell ya, wow!
I can see how much my work developed and these past 2 years clearly show that my work has some kind of consistency I believe.
Many sessions, models, MUA’s later, I can clearly say that I needed time to find and reinvent myself and to start creating imagery that gets my creative juices going…
YOU NEED TO FIND THAT ‘THING’ IN WHATEVER YOU DO THAT KEEPS YOU GOING, PEOPLE!!! – BUT IT TAKES TIME… AND YOU HAVE TO BE PATIENT.
Today I know, that I am on a right path. Long way to go ofcourse and lots to learn, but I’m well on my way.
I found this quote, not sure from whom it is, but I think its great. This was my game changer for past 2 years:
…’start with good enough today, rather than wait for finished and perfect and never begin’…
Sounds familiar? I bet it does. Well, I did it, it worked for me and it still does. I am not going to turn back now. How possibly I could threw this past 2 years away? This is e x p e r i e n c e guys! This is someting that I have learned myself by doing! This is invaluable!!! But what is even more exciting, is that there is soooooo much cool stuff ahead, that I just can not wait to do…. and that is the best part of the journey
Do not wait, roll on, and go for it… DO NOT WAIT!
Yeah! I am fired up, and wish you a great week!
Hi-lloween Good People!
Hope you are planning some cool parties today evening celebrating this funky day
Well, I thought I would go for something that is kind of in a mood of the day. Sooooo, lets say its a Halloween headshot in today’s post
Actually, what I would like to write about is, how very often we force ourselves to look for ideas and models in a places that do not make any sense. Wasting time posting ads on modeling portals and getting some strange replies… Yeah, been there, done that and learned this:
Look around you and you really do not have to search for impossible. Great people, with great ideas and willingness to work and share the passion are just at our fingertips.
My buddy photographer and artist Mike, whom I know for quite a while is a passionate fantasy and dark movies fan. So, how easy it was to talk to him and come up with the idea of this shoot. Vampire/Zombie style headshot was really cool thing to do.
To complete the team, we took our good friend Marta Joanna, from Re-look Makeup, to join us and here we go!
So, the most important thing, when looking for inspiration and really interesting subjects is to L I S T E N !
Yes, listen and you will see for yourself, how incredible people are living around us!
Have a great Halloween and great weekend!
Here is Mike before and after:
Studio Creatique, Maciej Blaszczuk
Hope all is well and that October weather is treating you well. What a lovely season, with gold and reds around us here in Poland.
I am still planning to go out and do one location shoot, doing some headshots and lifestyle portraits, before the first snow
Anyway, if its going to happen, I will surely be posting about it.
This week though, I would like to talk about the coolest lighting on Earth! Yes, the best one, the cheapest one, super quality one…
Well, our good old window light
Yes, window. Not some kind of super duper high tech strobe or something similar. Just a window light. Since about 4-5 months I am totally fascinated by natural window light and I can not believe the fact that I was neglecting it for such a long time, buying strobes, modifiers etc, etc… You know the drill, right?
I am not saying that there is something wrong in owning cool strobes and modifiers! I would like to own couple of Broncolors myself, but…
Inspired by old masters (Richard Avedon) and current headshot gurus (Peter Hurley), I started to experiment more and more with ambient light and reflectors, in order to achieve nice headshots with good quality of lights. And believe it or not, the more I explored, I started to see how beautiful natural light can be on a subject.
In order to see what I can do in natural light, I invited one of my favourite models Anna and my MUA extraordinaire – Aga Stenka, who understands my headshot work better than any of the MUAs I worked till now, and creative process begun…
When shooting natural light headshots/portraits, your DOF is one of the most important factors to create interesting shot. You may face various lighting conditions, and you may find yourself bumping your ISO even up to 800 or even 1600. But hey, today ISO 800 is not a problem for most of the cameras, right. And having a slight grain in your images from window light, gives even a better look and feel.
So, on the images below, we only used one source – window. No fill cards, no reflectors. Pure window. the only prop we used was a simple cardboard, that I bought in a shop with appliances for artists. I bought 3 of them, in different colors:
Each of the boards is white on the other side and therefore I have a 4th background.
Cardboard is mounted on a light stand with a clip.
And here we go, complete setup!
Ok, enough talking and lets have a look at the images. Obviously they are post-processed in PS CS5, but it is not a heavy one. Contrast and color adjustments mainly, plus skin retouching as I think in this kind of images, smooth skin adds to the mood of the picture.
Hope you enjoy and see you soon!
Good Tuesday to you all!
Yes! We do have a winning image from our photo walk here in wonderful Żoliborz, that took place on October 5th, 2013.
Before announcing the winner, I would like to thank everyone, and I mean every single person who attended. We had a beautiful weather and a wonderful pack of peeps!
I very much enjoyed walking around, talking, photographing and in general having fun during this couple of hours!
THank you guys, you were awesome!
Here are few images from the dayThanks to Jola Retelska for sharing!
(c) Jola Retelska 2013
(c) Jola Retelska 2013
(c) Jola Retelska 2013
For more images from the walk and all of the work from all participants, you can visit our group on FLICKR
Ok, now back to the competition. We do have a winning image for our local photo walk. And the winner is Michal Lotocki with this image below:
(c) Michal Lotocki 2013
You won a digital copy of Scott Kelby’s ‘Lightroom 5 for Digital Photographers’ book.
Your image will now enter a worldwide competition, where Scott Kelby will pick best images and some cool prizes will be awarded!
We keep our fingers crossed!
I am already looking forward to next year’s walk, with more great people, even more interesting route and at least as good weather as we had this year (wil be hard to beat!)
Have a fab week!
Good Morning to everyone around the Globe!
Yes, this post is special and it feels like its around the globe. This past Saturday, on Oct 5th we hosted Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk here in Warsaw, Poland in one of the most beautiful and artistic quarters of the city – Zoliborz (yeah I know its a tongue twister for some, but hey, it seserves the twist)
I just want to say that it was mind blowing event, because of such a great people I had a pleasure to meet for this few hours of sharing, networking, socializing and ofcourse photographing.
Great weather, great scenery, great walk! That’s what we heard when walking along our route.
I could see that our walkers were very active and taking a lot of images, so surely we will have some nice imagery to look at.
We agreed that it would be nice to display images from the walk somewhere in the vast lands of internet and we chose Flickr to do this.
So, if you would like to see images taken by Warsaw walkers, you can do so, by going to this link below:
Grupa WWPW2013 Warszawa Żoliborz
After solid 2 hours of walking and various discussions, we sat down at wonderful place, which was recently restored and turned into art center – Fort Sokolnickiego. You’ve gto to see the place, have a great latte and tasty salad with mozarella and dried tomatoes-> YEAH! It tasted great after 2 hours of walking!
You can see the place here: Centrum Sztuki Fort Sokolnickiego
I also would like to make a big shout-out to my buddy Mike Lotocki, who supported me in video recordings and place scouting for ‘after walk’.
Cheers Mike! You rock man!
So, to end up with some motion images, here are a few words from all participants about the walk. Enjoy and have a lovely week!