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The Dirtiest Secret in Photography

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

I’m often asked: where I get my inspiration from, how to stand out? AND why I’m sharing less BTS videos of my photo shoots? Well….glad you asked. Because in today’s episode of #cjRAW, I answer those questions specifically….but wanted to do something a little bit different. A little stripped down. Straight talk. Heart to heart — just you and me. In fact, in this episode, I reveal the dirtiest secret in photography. Truth is: the most game-changing ideas come from influences outside our industry. But don’t fret. There isn’t something “wrong” with photography. This is true in EVERY industry. Just think about it for a second. In photography, we spend a lot of time talking about photography, right? Shop talk, gear talk, lighting talk, client talk and then there’s the talk about all those “other” photographers. That’s all well and …er…good, but it’s circular conversation. Very rarely – if ever – do new ideas form amidst it. If you want to… CHANGE THE GAME. If you want to… BE DIFFERENT. If you want to… STAND OUT, you must go beyond this circle. The best things in photography come from outside the industry. Listen to the Podcast   Watch the Episode […]

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The Dirtiest Secret in Photography

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

I’m often asked: where I get my inspiration from, how to stand out? AND why I’m sharing less BTS videos of my photo shoots? Well….glad you asked. Because in today’s episode of #cjRAW, I answer those questions specifically….but wanted to do something a little bit different. A little stripped down. Straight talk. Heart to heart — just you and me. In fact, in this episode, I reveal the dirtiest secret in photography. Truth is: the most game-changing ideas come from influences outside our industry. But don’t fret. There isn’t something “wrong” with photography. This is true in EVERY industry. Just think about it for a second. In photography, we spend a lot of time talking about photography, right? Shop talk, gear talk, lighting talk, client talk and then there’s the talk about all those “other” photographers. That’s all well and …er…good, but it’s circular conversation. Very rarely – if ever – do new ideas form amidst it. If you want to… CHANGE THE GAME. If you want to… BE DIFFERENT. If you want to… STAND OUT, you must go beyond this circle. The best things in photography come from outside the industry. Listen to the Podcast   Watch the Episode […]

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Celebrating Your Weirdness with Thomas Middleditch

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

Thomas Middleditch is an actor and comedian best known for his starring role on HBO’s Silicon Valley where he plays Richard, the struggling startup founder. He started his career doing improv theater for the likes of Second City and UCB, and certainly showed off his improv skills during our conversation. Silicon Valley is the only TV show that I watch religiously, due largely in part to its authentic portrayal of the startup world that I have one foot in the door of. Thomas lives the same authenticity, and isn’t one to shy away from removing the glamour from working in Hollywood. Whether you’re founding a startup, working your way up the rungs as a comedian, or trying to double your client base, you better remember to enjoy what you’re doing to get through the tough days. In today’s episode, You can’t be passive! If you want things to be happening around you, you have to make them happen. If you want to be a good artist, you have to experience life. Pursuing your happiness is worth the arduousness, the struggle, the inconveniences, and the trolls. Treat all adversity and every challenge like it’s a buzzer beater shot. Welcome it. Embrace […]

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I Turned IKEA Products Into Costumes for a Rembrandt Photo Shoot

PetaPixel Stig Håvard Dirdal

I recently shot the 2017 Christmas card photo for Stavanger Foto, the passionate camera store on the west coast of Norway. Being granted full creative freedom in making the card, I went back to the old masters for inspiration.

My base idea was to make something interesting and relevant for the camera store business while adding an element of surprise in the form of a retrospective perspective.

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt in 1632 was a fantastic starting point for my plan.

“The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp,” the 1632 oil painting by Rembrandt.

Transforming an anatomy lesson into a Christmas present wrapping study just rang my bells. And the fact that the old masters back in 1632 already knew what was coming ringed them even more.

A sketch of my concept.

How I Did It

All the costumes are composed of standard items purchased at IKEA — have a look at the shopping list for details.

All the costumes were designed and tailored by me in my studio.

Template for cutting blankets into robes. Made to each person’s size. L and XL.

The collars were each made by the person wearing it — with instruction, of course, through a short 20-minute handcraft workshop in the studio before the shoot. The tools used were a knife, scissors, and staplers.

Here’s the lighting diagram showing the setup in my studio. I shot the card with a Sony a7R III with a 85mm f/1.4, and Hasselblad H4D-50 with a 39-90mm:

Here’s a short clip of the photo shoot in progress:

This is what the finished card looked like:

Here is a link to the Christmas card I did for Stavanger Foto back in 2015. It was the first Christmas Card I made for Stavanger Foto, and it went viral.


About the author: Stig Håvard Dirdal is a Norwegian photographer known for his artistic, playful, and often unconventional approach, building his work around storytelling and a desire to stir a reaction. Since establishing his creative bureau dTurbine in 2006 he has specialised in theatre photography and advertising, seeing each project through from idea stage to art direction and graphic design. Stig Håvard Dirdal has picked up several awards for both his photography and graphic design, Gullsnitt and Sterk reklame to name just a few. You can find more of his work on his website, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. This article was also published here.

This Short Film is Composed Entirely of Cinemagraphs

PetaPixel Michael Zhang

“You’re My Music in This Silence” is a new short film by videographer Erick Flores Garnelo of Guadalajara, México. The 3.5-minute visual experience consists entirely of cinemagraphs.

Cinemagraphs are still photos that contain looping movement in certain areas of the frame while everything else remains frozen in time.

Garnelo visited different parts of his city using a Canon 5D Mark III DSLR (with Magic Lantern) and a single old lens: the Zenit Helios 58mm f/2.

You can find more of Garnelo’s work on Vimeo, Instagram, and Facebook.

(via Erick Flores Garnelo via Fstoppers)


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