Guest Feature

Cintia Barroso Alexander (Guest Feature)

Cintia Barroso Alexander​

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Cintia, I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I´m a passionate fashion photographer. I live in Germany, but I work internationally.
I love travelling and living in Europe gives me the opportunity to go to different places and connect to different cultures.

2. How did you get into photography?
I have always been a very creative and spontaneous person.
I started as a model and was very interested in the process of creating art.
I soon found out that I was better behind the camera than in front.

3. How did you meet your first client?
I met my first client through a recommendation by my friend. It was a shoot of a golf course.

4. If you were about to start now, what would be your plan?
If I were to start now, I would do the same all over again.
My first shoot drew me into the right direction. 
Like I told you earlier, it was a shoot about a golf course

but I brought fashion into sport. 
That´s when I gained clarity about fashion photography.
Very importantly, never care about the opinion of others, it takes time to discover your own style, things are changing and you never stop learning.

5. Tell us a secret talent of yours?
Improvisation.
If something does not work as planned, be open for changes and improvise whenever everything turns out right.

6. It’s not a secret that in this show we are really into fashion photography, but also into food!
So now you have the chance to share with us your most favorite treat? Where can we find it?
Food is always a good idea, specially healthy food!
It doesn’t matter how long I’ve walked as a photographer I´m always nervous before a project. I love travelling, exploring new places and getting back to a boll of made in Brazil Açai. Not thinking all the time about what I should do. I think this’s the best recipe to refresh your mind!

7. If you were to be associated with one word what would that be?
Spontaneity 

8.  Do you have a final advice for the fans of The Fashion Photography Podcast?
Believe in yourself!
Experiment a lot and be consistent!

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Post-Production Workflow – In The Field (Part 1)

POST PRODUCTION WORKFLOW

PART I: IN THE FIELD
By Patrick Patton

POST PRODUCTION BEGINS IN THE FIELD

When you think of post-production, you think of sitting in front of a computer, listening to a podcast while you wait for your files to transfer, or how sore your shoulders get from hunching over your desktop after a long day of retouching.

The truth is that post-production starts in the field. 
You’ve got to begin with the end in mind, looking through your camera’s viewfinder with the same discerning eye you use while culling images on your monitor. 
You’ve got to see what the light is doing, how your model is moving, and work with these factors to create an amazing image IN CAMERA!

SHOOTING RAW V. SHOOTING JPEG
1. Always shoot RAW!!!
2. The end.

IMPORTING AND NAMING FILES
It doesn’t really matter how you name your image files as long as you remain consistent.
As long as you understand your system and can easily find a file that you shot 3 years ago, you’re golden!

BACK THAT THING UP!

Always backup your hard drive!
Every. Single. Time.
Ask me how I know…

Patrick Patton

I am a California-based photographer of people.  I work out of California’s Central Coast, home to some of the most incredible beaches in the world.  I have always enjoyed the pursuit and the challenge of creating and capturing beauty, whether it be through music, drawings, storytelling, or my favorite medium of all: photography. 

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Marta Syrko (Guest Feature)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Marta,
I have been working as a professional photographer for 5 years.
I have my own studio in Ukraine, but I also travel a lot, because of photoshoots abroad.

2. How did you get into photography?
When I was growing up I was always fascinated by photography and I wanted to learn and do it by myself, so when I was a teenager I started taking my first photos such as – macro, landscapes and portraits of friends.

3. How did you meet your first client?
My first real clients were actually a couple wanting to get their love story photographed.
They contacted me via social media and it was a great experience for me.
Thanks to this photo shoot I realized that photography could be my full time job and not just a hobby.
So that’s how weddings and love stories photo-shoots became my main source of income, but I was also doing my own projects (nude, fashion) at that time.
Now I have moved more to the fashion and fine art photography and my clients are mostly companies.

4. If you were about to start now, what would be your plan?
When I was at the beginning of my career I was learning mostly from my mistakes. There were no photography schools where you could learn the photography theory in my country. So I invested mostly in equipment.
If I had to start over now, I’d invest more in my education.

5.Tell us a secret talent of yours?
I’m really good at setting the mood in my photos, and giving them more cinematic look.

6. Coffee or tea?
Actually I’ve made coffee series! You can find the photos on my Instagram.
I can’t imagine my life without coffee, I have a small ritual in the mornings when I drink a cup of coffee with something sweet and read the news.
My favorite treat for coffee is mom’s apple pie. It’s a secret family recipe!

7. Tell us a story from one of your photo shoots when you learned a valuable lesson?
I learn something new about photography from every photo shoot!
What I have learned so far from my work with clients is that

 

During a photo shoot you are not just an artist, you have to be also a team player and aim towards the goals of the team.

 

8. You also take self-portraits, tell us about this?
What’s the hardest part and do you have some tips? 
I really like it!
When I was younger I didn’t had a lot of work, so I took self-portraits more often. 
Becoming better requires more practice. I think I just know my best angles better and that’s why I can take a better photo of myself then another photographer would.  
Tips – try to adjust your camera settings and the angle that you’ll be shooting from and ask a friend to push the button for you, instead of running to the tripod constantly.

9. Do you have a final advice for the fans of The Fashion Photography Podcast?
You need to find your own niche were you’ll feel comfortable working in. 
And you must not be afraid of trying something new!

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Daniela Rettore (Guest Feature)

Daniela Rettore

As a first guest in our new series we meet the amazing Italian fashion photographer Daniela Rettore. She is working with one of the biggest magazines in the industry such as ELLE, MARIE CLAIRE , L’Officiel Suisse, L’Officiel Ukraine and many other.  

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Daniela Rettore.
I was born in Italy and I live in Milan, but I actually shoot everywhere but Milan (laughs)
I fell in love with photography when I was a teenager.
When I was 14 I begged my mother to buy me a camera for my birthday and I remember taking “ fashion pictures “ of my female friends for fun .

2. How did you get into photography?
At the age of 30, after my modeling career was over I did not know what I wanted to do with my life, I only knew I wanted to get up every day , feeling happy of what do.
So I asked myself “what do you really like?”
And the answer was – photography.
The next day I bought a professional second-hand Canon and a film.
I called a friend of mine who was still working as a model and asked her if I could try to take some pictures of her.
I did the make up and hair, the styling and we shot with natural light in the field.
Two days later, did the same thing with another female friend.
Those two shoots went so well, that a model agency called me and asked me if I want to do tests for their models.
Six months later I had to rent a studio, due to the amount of work.

3. How did you meet your first client?
One of the models I did a test with was so happy from the results, she decided to introduce me to one of her clients.
I was so nervous before the shooting of our first catalogue, I did not sleep at all the night before! (Laughs)

4. If you were about to start now, what would be your plan?
I’d do exactly the same! 

I’d do exactly the same! 

I’d buy a camera, learn how to work in manual mode, how to light, and I’d constantly shoot and improve! I’d learn from all my mistakes and keep asking for advices those that are much better than me.

5. Tell us a secret talent of yours?
I’m a real hard worker…
If something is not good enough or for some reason the shoot went bad or it’s just not good enough, I always try to improve and never do the same mistake. I do not surrender. Ever.

6. Tell us a story from one of your photoshoots when you learned a valuable lesson?
I used to delegate my location scouting. 
But I got burned several times.
For example once in Marrakesh, we were supposed to shoot in the desert, but it was raining several days before the shoot and when we arrived at the location all we’ve found was a green valley, instead of the promised desert. 
Ever since this photo shoot I always make sure to check my locations in person, at least one day in advance. 

7. Do you have a favorite source of knowledge (website/YouTube channel/blog/app) you’d like to share with us? 
I LOVE www.fashioneditorials.com 
And can spend hours on Instagram!

8. If you were to be associated with one word what would that be?
CHIC! 

9. Do you have a final advice for the fans of The Fashion Photography Podcast?
Find your identity as a photographer.
And try not to copy anyone. Of course you can draw inspiration from the best, but then who you are, what you think, your personality must be seen in what you shoot. 
Also – if you don’t feel that a photoshoot is not the right fit for you… just don’t do it.

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