Check out the stories behind the final projects of some of the top filmmakers who were selected to produce original films for our contest
By The Editor
Thanks to support from RED, Zeiss and Adobe, this year’s Emerging Pro contest was a huge success. It was the most unique contest we’ve ever put together. The contest was open to still photographers, as well as filmmakers, and it was promoted to readers of Digital Photo Pro and HDVideoPro magazines. The competition was held in two distinct...
A flair for theatrics gives Kristian Schuller’s fashion photography a dramatic edge
By William Sawalich, Photography By Kristian Schuller
For fashion photographer Kristian Schuller, art imitates life. He embraces each with a high-energy approach: Everything epic, all the time. Based in Berlin, he has worked in Paris the last four years, and at this very moment, he’s settling into a new SoHo apartment. He has relocated to New York City in an effort to take his career to even greater...
Mark Edward Harris is part historian, part explorer, and a photographer through and through
By William Sawalich, Photography By Mark Edward Harris
Mark Edward Harris may be familiar to readers for his regular bylines in Digital Photo Pro. What may be less familiar, however, are the details of Harris’ 20-plus years as a globetrotting documentary and travel photographer.
A lifelong student of the medium and its history (he earned his master’s degree in Pictorial/Documentary History),...
Just starting her career, Xi Sinsong is producing work refined beyond her years
By William Sawalich. Photography By Xi Sinsong
Xi Sinsong is a fascinating fashion photographer. She uses the same lighting, camera and computer tools as anyone else might and yet her work is clearly special. Her photographs, while technically exceptional, aren’t about technique. What makes her story most interesting is that it’s one from which all commercial photographers can learn—not...
Landing the assignment of a lifetime required master still photographer Tyler Stableford to master the medium of motion
By William Sawalich, Photography By Tyler Stableford
Change is afoot in commercial photography. Depending on how one chooses to see it, the convergence of stills and video is either a new opportunity or a sign of the coming apocalypse. Photographer Tyler Stableford has chosen to embrace the change. It’s energizing his creativity and reinventing his business.
Stableford couldn’t be happier...
Dean West’s images can be described as surreal within surreal. The imagination that gives rise to such images is driven by a desire to have viewers constantly question what they’re seeing.
By Ibarionex Perello, Photography By Dean West
If anything is in abundance in the world of photography, it’s passion. But when passion is combined with vision, you immediately recognize that there’s something special, and it’s found in the work of Australian-born photographer Dean West. His work is obviously driven by passion. Even a cursory glance of the images on his website...
Sarah Silver’s annual collaboration with the Stephen Petronio Company is taking a fresh new turn as the photographer incorporates motion capture in the project
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Sarah Silver
Creative collaborations can yield magic, proven on a yearly basis in the images resulting from photographer Sarah Silver and choreographer Stephen Petronio’s shoots. Two heads and four feet are better than one and two of the same appendages, as this dynamic duo proves.
Silver’s fascination with photography began as a child in her grandfather’s...
Joey L.’s youthful appearance may fool you into thinking he’s the assistant, but his sophisticated and multidimensional style is the product of experience and his collaborative mind-set
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Joey L.
Brooklyn-based photographer Joey Lawrence, known professionally as Joey L., has an unusual problem when he encounters new clients on a set. They think he’s the assistant.
A woman of the Bodi tribe has fallen ill and died. The elder women of the village shout to the spirits and chant of her death to bring her soul to peace. The men perform a...
George Steinmetz has taken to the air to present views of inaccessible and rare locales around the world
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By George Steinmetz
Beverly Hills-born, N.J.-based photographer George Steinmetz admits that even he can get a bit unhinged by the dizzying heights he attains in the man-in-the-flying-machine contraption—a motorized paraglider—he uses to photograph places inaccessible by traditional aircraft.
In 1979 Steinmetz got the idea of photographing deserts while traveling...
Rodney Smith’s timeless photography is instantly recognizable. He explains how and why he shoots film, and how his study of theology plays a role in his whimsical images.
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Rodney Smith
The greatest test for a photograph is if the two-dimensional image imbedded in its fibers can stand the test of time. With Rodney Smith’s elegant aesthetic and compositional prowess applied to creative concepts, the paper itself may one day fade, but the memory of the imagery will not.
First exposed to the craftsmanship of photography as a teenager...
Ketch Rossi has transitioned from a pure still photographer to a *Cinephotographer, and his latest projects are visually gripping, multimedia philanthropic endeavors
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Ketch Rossi
Ketch Rossi is on the leading edge of the future of photography, capturing still and motion imagery with a single state-of-the-art camera. At the same time, he’s firmly planted in tradition, drawing upon his native Italy’s classic cinematic legacy. Whether he’s doing a fashion spread or a campaign against domestic violence, a part...
Sam Kaplan raises the bar in the realm of studio still-life photography. The innovative professional displays a style that’s exacting and meticulous, yet never dull or sterile.
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Sam Kaplan
Product, still-life and food photography aren’t for those with short attention spans. The beauty and the devil are in the details. Meticulous positioning of every element within the frame, problem-solving on and off the set, and creative use of light is a must to avoid a potentially sterile, or in the case of food, an unappealing photographic...