We are experimenting with tone

One of the most simple, at first glance, photo processing operations, a translation of the photograph in black / white. But as it always happens, the devil is in the details, which can escape from even the most experienced eye. Therefore, it is useful to again go through the methods of black-and-white “format” of the frame and, at the same time to remind you, dear reader, for such a useful and spectacular fashion as toning. We will use Photoshop CS2 in its pure form – without any additional filter installed. For example, take the frame (photo 0) and proceed to its modification. To get started quickly translate the photo in black and white version without the use of a mixer channel, discoloration or button calculation tool – simply overlay a black and white gradient (Photo 1). When the Gradient Map option, you will see that the picture is reversed. From the drop-down list, select the gradient of the gradient patterns with the transition from black to white (photo 2). And – lo and behold! We got quite a contrast black and white image. For example, compare with a picture obtained by simply bleaching team (photo 3). I think the result is obvious. Take note: image processing, imposition of b / w gradient yields shot higher contrast. Try to experiment. This is often much easier than processing photos floats levels or curves. Want to give a contrast of color image? Easily! Duplicate the main layer (Photo 4). Drag and drop it on top of the layer with a gradient and set the blending mode to “color” (Photo 5). As a result? In my opinion, it is much easier and better than other ways to achieve contrast. Maybe now I want to make a picture in retro style and muted colors in the style of an old photo? Make a transparent upper layer, for example, 50%. Contrast stayed, and the colors are muted. The main thing – all the changes are controllable. Cancel or add color saturation at any subsequent time processing. Well, with a simple and affordable b / w clear. Now … Let’s play with toning So, let’s say you do not want to completely color picture, and you want to portray something sepiyno-yellowish. The easiest way to picture processing will be as follows: turn off the upper color layer and you want us to impose sepiyny filter (photo 6). Select «Cepia» (Photo 7) in the drop-down list control, and float the desired filter saturation. Do not forget enabled tick «luminosity» – to ensure that the filter is not changed the contrast of the image and only affects the color. By the way, nothing prevents us from using these filters to be applied to a color picture (photo 8). In this case, the image will acquire a group selected filter. Go back to the B / W image and translate it into a «Grayscale» mode. Before you do this, Photoshop will warn that he will have to “lay down all layers.” We agree, because they no longer need us in the process of toning. The resulting image is translated in «Duotone» mode (Photo 9). Here you can work as a “bi-color” and a “tri-color”, and even “quad-colors.” In my opinion, the most interesting option is still directly the Duotone (bi-color). Here, of course, you can manually choose the color of the larger palettes that offers Photoshop to create their individual Duotone, and then adjust them a curve next to the picture or leave for what is … But it is more complex and individual option that can be developed by trial and error. Now we use the ready-made blanks for Photoshop Duotone from the menu “Download” (Photo 10). Selected by pressing “OK” and saw how the picture has changed. The fact that the color Duotone imposes on. It changes all the components of colors. So, if you had a picture of a black dark areas, and you choose Duotone, where the darkest color is only a neutral gray, all black pixels will be painted in exactly the color. Hence the conclusion: using Duotone can quickly lighten dark black / white image. Especially for this purpose there is a set Duotone «Grey Black» (Photo 11). Gradient Method Now that we understand how the Duotone, go back to our original simple b / w photos and try to play with the toning process gradients. Again, add a gradient to the image. Color or black and white – it is you choose. It all depends on what you want to get in the end. I, for example, will impose on the color version. Choose the latest in a palette of gradients, “spectral” (Photo 12), and then – the second on the left gradient «light». Translate gradient layer “color” blending mode (picture 13) and see how the gradient repainted the picture. I do not like the tone? Double-click on the layer with the gradient and the “flip” (Photo 14) it in the opposite direction. It was quite a different shade. If you want other keys, easier? Try to apply the “simple gradients” (Photo 15), for example, “light brown” (Photo 16). In general, the experiment, the gradients of the options are many. And if you really want individual creativity, you can come up with your own. And do not forget that the gradient transparency, you can always control, at its discretion, thereby making the image more or less color saturation. Now that you understand (at least approximately), as well as what is done by image processing, it is possible to mix a cocktail of several ways in one dish and get a better result than the extraordinary color. Dare and remember – all genius is simple. ____________________ See also: Processing photos. Filters in the portrait photo processing. Correction Photosop lesson. noise Reduction

Exposure Common Mistakes

We present to you the photos that show the most frequent errors in the exposure and examples of correct metering. More about this topic in the next “Workshop” 1. The picture was taken with a large depth of field (aperture F16), as a result of the photo to get a “flat”, the background is not only takes away a lot of attention, but also merges with the silhouette of girl. 2. Initial data: the model is the bright sun on a background of dark foliage. Metering was done in deep shadows of the background, which naturally led to overexposure to the face and jacket. 3. Initial data: the model is in the shadow of the brightness of the water. Metering was done on a light background. As a result, we do not work out the details in the shadows and the model of the “lost” person. 4. The photo was taken at aperture F2.8, which gave a small depth of field and allowed to blur the background. As a result, the model markedly to the fore. 5 Metering was done in the face of the model. As a result, we got a picture with the correct study of highlights and shadows. 6. Metering is done in the face. In the end we got the correct exposure with good study and the face and the background. The photo was taken with wiring (shutter speed 1/30 sec) – at the moment of pressing the shutter button the lens moved the girl, accompanied her. As a result, the running girl turned quite sharply at a blurred background. This is quite a complex technique requires a good skill, but allows you to get interesting dynamic images. The photo was taken with a slow shutter speed of 1/30 sec and a fixed cam relative to the subject. As a result, and the object and get a blurry background. The photo was taken with a shutter speed 1/3000 seconds, which caused “freezing” podprygnuvshego child. Still interesting, but poorly conveys the dynamics of movement. _______________________ See also: Corel Paint Shop Pro X2. What effect! Photoshop lesson. Photo processing filter Distort Photoshop lesson. The use of filters in the portrait

Nikon V1: small and fast

On the market mirrorless cameras Nikon has joined in the role of catch-up. Almost all the leading fotobrendy already deployed their lines and even had time to update them, while the Nikon is only in the last quarter of last year announced a new product. On the network met ambiguously Photoforum novelty: a relatively small matrix and the relatively high price (around $ 900 per set with a whale 10-30 mm in America at the time of announcement) caused much controversy in the online photographic community. Pampered mnogopikselnymi predecessors with large matrices zerkalochnymi user looks for something else expected from one of the leaders of the photographic market. Actually, the new line are two cameras Nikon 1: older and younger V1 J1, as well as 4 of the lens: standard 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30 mm f / 3.5-5.6, 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110 mm f / 3.8-5.6, 1 pancake NIKKOR 10 mm f / 2.8 and ultrazoom 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100 mm f / 4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM. Younger J1 camera is distinguished by the absence of the mechanical shutter, the shoe for the connection of external devices, the viewfinder, lower-resolution display, the battery of smaller capacity, smaller memory buffer size and weight. Nikon engineers argue that creating a new product from scratch, based on their latest technology developments and abstracted from existing mirrorless systems. The new camera should be very fast, as well as compact and accurate work, claimed in a press release, and promotional materials. Appearance and control I got to test the older model line – white V1 with lenses 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30 mm f / 3.5-5.6 and the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100 mm f / 4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM. Frankly, by the pictures on the Internet, I imagined a much more compact camera and was particularly surprised by the thickness of the body: the kid was not so small, and in reality. Camera Design impress: sleek metal body is covered with glossy white enamel, is very positive tactile feel and a sense of expensive and stylish device. Sorry, the photographs is bad considerably. Whale lens is also white, as well as its protective cover and hood. V1 is available also in black, and the youngest model J1 – in silver, red and pink. Lenses also painted in the color of the carcass. The device is sufficiently weighty (about 400 g of a whale) and a nice weight in your hand. devaysa Matrix – a completely new format, which has received the name of the CX. Its size 13,2 × 8,8 mm crop factor – 2.7. Matrix resolution of 10.1 megapixels. Such matrix size and resolution, the assurances of Nikon engineers are perfect for the perfect balance between sensitivity, speed and depth of field. Fans of such a narrow depth of field is relatively small matrix can come not like, especially users of SLR cameras, in which the crop factor ranging from 2 to 1. “The race megapixels» Nikon V1 is not touched. Matrix is quite reasonable resolution, but it allows you to print A3 photos in excellent quality. For comparison, the matrix Sony Nex bezzerkalki with a crop factor of 1.5 management body of the camera is not greater than that of some modern “Soap”. According to Nikon engineers it needs to be easy to use, with a minimum of buttons and levers, which are not required to memorize. Users to quickly view available only standard functions, delete, menu buttons, and works with the display. F key changes its value depending on the mode: In the photo mode, hanging on her choice of shutter type (mechanical or electronic), and in video mode, you can select a standard Full HD recording or slow motion. Key rocking in the top right corner replaces the iris control wheel or delay in SLR cameras, as well as the “magnifying glass” to view the captured photo mode. It is quite conveniently located under your thumb, and quickly get used to such an implementation of the standard zerkalochnogo control wheel. But sometimes, when you need to change the aperture to several values, it is necessary to press the rocking several times, while simply turning in SLR wheel to the desired angle. We would like to say about the button marked with a basket icon: to confirm the deletion, you need to re-click on it, it can sometimes lead to an erroneous erase the image (which is typical for all Nikon cameras). All buttons accurately and with the necessary pressure to press, and I easily manage them even when wearing thick winter gloves. This is not true of the navigation wheel, which is very sensitive to touch, easy to turn, even without gloves often slips past the desired item. As you guessed, it is to navigate the interface menus and view mode. To my great bewilderment standard PASM shooting modes are only called from the menu, although they could easily be put on the mode dial. Changing the ISO, metering mode, white balance selection is also enclosed in the menu. Quick access only to the compensation, the choice of the type of focus, broaches, flash mode and lock the focus and exposure. Advanced photographers is hardly necessary. The top panel has the shutter button is a separate button to start a video camera and a power button. In Playback mode, in addition to the different number of thumbnails of pictures in the can display the calendar, where each date is hung from a sketch made on this day snapshot. Very convenient then to identify a large memory card their photographic session. Every Pictures can be evaluated in the camera itself on a scale for subsequent sorting. Sorry, could not find the opportunity to choose from the menu while watching a newly shot image. The camera shows him only for 2 seconds, which to me was not enough to evaluate the result. Menu is divided into three main groups, which logically placed the device settings. I will not describe the menu in detail, it is quite extensive, I can only say that I quickly get the hand to run through it with the help of the navigation wheel, which not only turns, but also pressed to select the desired item. Surprised by the lack of tooltips to the sub menu, which would be very useful for beginners during the development of the camera. I somehow understood without reading the instructions quite quickly in almost everything, but more novice friendly menu does not stop. Despite the small protrusion on the front of the chamber and the smooth surface of the body, it is quite comfortable sitting in my rather big hand. shutter button and control buttons are very conveniently located, an hour later, I was driven with the device blindly. Viewfinder and Electronic Viewfinder display in the chamber. The large and clear, with 100% coverage of frame, with adjustable brightness and diopter corrector for people with impaired vision. It is perfectly visible and clear and cloudy day. The sensor is located to the left of the viewfinder automatically turns it on presentation to the eye and the screen is off. The resulting picture can be immediately viewed in the peephole viewfinder, not looking away from him, as well as navigate menus. Viewfinder Resolution fine, is 1440 thousand. points. Not like a slight delay when switching. The display is also of excellent quality, with good viewing angles, a diagonal of 7.5 cm and a resolution of 921 thousand. Points. The image is easy to read even in bright sunlight. But, unfortunately, it does not swivel. That is filming in challenging situations with high or low it is not very convenient point. Autofocus and speed camera is equipped with autofocus hybrid with contrast and phase focusing than is not every camera boasts. When shooting shiny or moving subjects matrix switches to the AF phase detection. And if the subject is stationary, or poorly lit, the camera selects the contrast AF. By the way, Nikon company calls it the fastest in the world: it is the low latency when shooting. And I’m not in a hurry to argue, for the speed and accuracy of the new AF-I was shocked. He really instant and almost no mistakes. It is currently at or even better advanced “SLR” average price level. And the focus points to choose from as many as 73. Of course, “on hand” autofocus wider depth of field due to the relatively small matrix, but still I was pleasantly impressed with the AF. Of the several hundred photos taken sometimes in a rather difficult shooting conditions, only a few have been with small flaws focus. Shutter novelty too difficult: in addition to the mechanical camera has an electronic shutter mode, which can beat the ultrashort exposure to 1/16000 seconds to 1/4000 against conventional mechanical shutter cameras in this class. Burst V1 is also impressive: 5 to / from the mechanical shutter 10 and a / c in AF mode with electronic shutter with the knowledge of the subject (aperture value at no more than F5.6 and the shutter speed is not longer than 1/60) and up to 60 / with fixed focus at full resolution! Buffer chamber 34 suffices for a picture at a rate of 10 K / s and 30 shots at a rate of 30 / s to 60 / s. Focus tracking with conducting object, too, I confess, was impressed. It manages all this good newest dual-core processor EXPEED 3, which, by the way, also works for the new Nikon D4, and is capable of handling up to 600 megapixels per second. CPU apparent already at the first turn on the camera – the device starts immediately, the lag image on the display screen and the viewfinder is almost no at sight. To this we add that the shutter of the camera is very quiet, which allows you to shoot and secretly, and in a strict formal or festive atmosphere. New shooting modes feature of the new range are two new shooting mode (which is just hanging on the wheel instead of the standard regime change PASM). This is Smart Photo Selector and Motion Snapshot.

Light and perspective in the female portrait

In this lesson, pictures, in accordance with the wishes of the readers, we have combined the work with the two previously discussed fotosredstvami – angle and the light on the example of a female portrait. Show all the variety of options it is impossible, even in large books, so we made a series of photos of the same model from different angles and in different lighting conditions. We have tried to create different images and moods, at times reaching grotesque to show the expressive possibilities considered fotosredstv and expand the field of spectator associations. Photo 1 The first impression of the image – the aggression and pressure. model head tilted perpendicular to the line of sight from slipping. This creates a sense of movement, and look askance causes association with the bull at a bullfight, which is always ready to jump. This feeling is strengthened by light. A beam of light is quite bright paints right side of the face (in a picture she left), while the left is almost faded. The rear side lights emphasizes the asymmetry. The right cheek is rounded due to a drop shadow, and the left – almost straight. The person becomes more rigid. Deep shadows under the eyebrows do look even heavier. Light draws a strong-willed chin. Bright Shawl, almost airy, unreal, enhances the image. White, as a rule, is associated with innocence, purity, humility. This conflicts with the expression of the model’s face, with its sharply traced features, its density, its reality. In addition, the headscarf clearly divides the picture into pieces. He frames, allocates part of the head and neck and shoulder separately. This fragmentation increases the feeling of pressure. In addition, he stresses shoulder motion. It is interesting that if you remove the shoulder, then the pressure will be gone, and will soften the feeling of aggression. A person will lose support, there will be insecurity. Photo 2 Changed perspective, as a result, has changed, and the light on his face. Here she is almost full face. Face slightly deployed to the left. Despite the fact that the chin, as in the previous picture, a bit lowered, there is a slight tilt of the head, there is no feeling of pressure. Light does not draw the contours of the hard, soft lines. His face is round. Light opens his eyes, deep shadows under the eyebrows is not, and there is no gravity sight. Chin line is expressed, but not as much as in the previous picture, and from this arises a sense of moodiness. Swelling of the lips, dimples in the corners of the mouth, a soft rounded shape of the face – all are reminiscent of a child. White handkerchief is no longer contrasts with the image, and emphasizes it, creates a feeling of insecurity. At the same association operates and fragile unprotected neck. The impression that the girl caught in a anticipation of resentment. Photo 3 model launched by three-quarters. Part of the face covered with a handkerchief. From this woman seems mysterious, enigmatic. The atmosphere is created and light innuendo. Half face almost not visible. There’s something there. But what we do not know. What can you see? Part of the forehead. Slightly shading, but very expressive eyes. Looking straight enough. Well-defined lips. All this is very attractive. Photo 4 model is almost full face. Her face was pretty evenly lit, no sharp folds and deep shadows. We may well see both sides of the face. The girl has nothing to hide. Her straight look calm, relaxed lips. She knows her worth. The feeling of self-confidence and create a shawl line nearly parallel to the two sides of the face. This adds a snapshot of balance. Person based on his neck. This is also an element of stability. Due to the fact that the girl is not in the center, she seemed to leave room for something or someone else. The plane face turned towards the free space. It gives the look expression evaluation. Photo 5 Here, we have tried, on the one hand, to gather together all that was in the previous pictures, the other – to create a new image. In the portrait there is a question, and a sense of power and mystery. We specifically put two (4 and 5) photos close for ease of comparison. Portraits taken with a difference of 15 minutes, but how they are different when the similarities angles, thanks to the light and colors. We suggest to the reader to figure out what associations arise when looking at this picture, and try to explain exactly what they are called, how they affect the angle and light. Photo 6 soft side lighting to create a sufficiently strong plastic face, neck and décolleté. There is no unprotected neck, there is a clear outline of the face, which is covered in part the hair. Moreover, it is somewhat in the shadow, the left half very poorly lit, but still are drawn lines. Shadows under the eyebrows frowning a little stress, a secretive look. Shadow underlines the strong chin, strong crease his lips. But there is no aggression. SERIES 2 1 portrait Photo taken actually counter-date information. The main source of light – for the girl. Thus, the circuit is highlighted, and the boundaries are soft, they seemed to dissolve into the background photo. No sudden deep folds, shadows gently drawn facial features. Bright light background creates a feeling of insecurity and fragility of the model. Photo 2 head slightly raised and deployed, you shoot a little below. In this stressed thin graceful neck. Eyelids priopuscheny calm, relaxed lips parted. This creates a sense of confidence and a certain arrogance. In the photo there is no harsh shadows or sudden glare. Light draws an oval face gently, but quite clearly. Bright background emphasizes the silhouette and with the elegance of the model. In these photos we decided to show the portraits made close to the style of “high key” image in black and white and some tinted. Photo 3 A lot of light coming from the top and a few frontally. Some persons relief is preserved only by a slight inclination of the head: we see the nose drawing lip contour. The main emphasis is placed on the eye, which is not only located in the center of the visual frame, but they are also its most contrasting part. We see the hand that seemed to create a support, but at the same time adds to the frame of a certain dynamics, gives a sense of calm and security. Fragment blouse in the lower right corner stops the slides view, returning it to the eyes and making the picture complete. The general mood of the portrait – kind attention. Photo 4 In this photo we have added light and increased exposure. The picture has become much more contrast, almost “high key”. Face full face. Facial features contoured, relief is not actually drawn, went nose line, only the nostrils and clear lip line, all eyes are on the eyes. Portrait get tough, consisting of angles: the nostrils, lips triangle, trapezoidal contour of the chin, the angle of the hand and the cut blouses. All this gives a sense of strictness and rigidity. The general mood can perhaps be described as intransigence. Dear readers, of course, our interpretation of images is subjective. When you create pictures, and especially when discussing something we were unanimous, where some argued, but always tried to find and formulate the most important. Of course, everyone is entitled to their understanding of and attitude towards the presented photos. Look, think, experiment, write and send your work to the address vtanin@connect.ru. _______________________ See also: Photoshop Lesson. The use of filters in Photoshop Lesson portrait. Using filters Image processing. Correction

Best honeymoon a rest, not forgetting about the wedding photo album

By tradition, the couple try to honeymoon outside the home – in the honeymoon. They are attracted by the opportunity to be alone, without foreign, relax, nothing to take care after the long months of preparation for the wedding – and at the same time to dive into a new world, just as unknown as their new life. What to do? Where to live? Where to live? Where to live? Where to live? Where to live? Where to live? Where to live? Where to live?

Vintage photos of Moscow

In October, 1840 on Kuznetsky Most in a shop window artistic production KA Bekkers unusual miniature items were displayed on the mirror surface which flashed familiar Muscovites views of the old capital. “Moscow News”. 1840 What is discussed in the paper, which was published 170 years ago? In the article mentioned daguerreotypes made by the method of Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre and Niepce Joseph, promulgated in January 1839 at a meeting of the Paris Academy of Sciences. In this procedure, an image was obtained using a pinhole camera on the coated photosensitive layer of silver or silver-plated metal plate. The store sold Bekkers and apparatus for shooting. “This machine, invented by Mr. Daguerre in Paris, – reported later in this article, – by means who can not draw can shoot all kinds with amazing accuracy, has always known from numerous descriptions in newspapers and magazines, store Bekkers brothers on Kuznetsky Most entrust take a subscription against this machine. Price throughout the unit with instruction 550 rubles. banknotes “. Let us try to reconstruct the history and the most significant names of photos taken to Moscow during the second half of XIX – early XX century! How it all began in the “Guide to Moscow and the index of its attractions,” 1865 edition stated: “The whole area of the city, hilly and uneven, presents the viewer uninterrupted picturesque scene, what with Moscow can be compared only two or three cities in the world. But, eager to overlook it all in all its glory, is to look at her with elevated points … “. Poklonnaya Hill, Sparrow Hills, the bell tower of Ivan the Great Kremlin Palace balcony, the church of the Monastery of the Passion and Martyr Nikita – these are the places that offer fabulous views of Moscow, and that became the most popular points for photography. At the beginning of the 1850s the sights of Moscow became the object of filming Giovanni Bianchi, an Italian by birth. In his youth, he came to Russia with his family and studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Bianchi called the “first sign” in the development of the urban landscape genre in the old Russian capital. Ten years later, in the years 1861-1862, in Moscow, visited Baden subjects brothers Wilhelm and Heinrich Schneider. They were engaged in a portrait shot and species. Their stereo pair (daguerreotypes and photographs), decorated in special cases and provided with an optical device, the audience had a great success. In Moscow, Schneider brothers photographed the Kremlin and its surroundings, made a lot of pictures of the Pokrovsky Cathedral on Red Square. “Russian photography in Moscow” In the mid 1860s shooting old capital carried photographers studio. In a series of images presents a view of the Moscow Kremlin from the street Volkhonka, view of the main pharmacy, Iberian Gate from the Red Square and others. At the National Ethnographic Exhibition 1867 studio works it was awarded a gold medal. In 1870, at the National Exhibition owner of the manufacturing company, he was one of the main awards to the following comments: “Extremely successful selection of items, total clarity in all plans, compliance with rare aerial perspective.” A little later, in 1867, the owner of “Photographic studio Scherer and Nabgolts” Martin Scherer has created a series of photographs from the gallery of the city of Christ the Savior. On the 16 glass plates was sealed circular panorama of Moscow. whether positive-preserved original 1867, that is, the author’s copyright stamp with the negative, are unknown. Successors Scherer carefully preserved glass negative and in later years used them when printing photos. Russian masters of the second half of the 1860s, many foreign photographers leaving Russia, but the number of local artists has been growing steadily. Save information about the photographers of a Moscow company that produced a sensation in the streets of Moscow. Circling the city on a special wagon, equipment laboratory, they carried out a huge shoot camera, using negatives size 24 × 30 cm. Maybe it was about the company MP Nastyukova or the no less famous Moscow photographer Mikhail Panov. MM Panov is the author of the series “Views of Moscow”, from which only a few works have reached us, including the views of Moscow from Sparrow Hills and the view of the Christ the Savior Cathedral. For shooting panorama pictures are selected elevated point and shot on large format glass negative. Tatyana Saburova, a leading researcher at the State Historical Museum, custodian of the “Photo HIH- beginning of the twentieth century.”. The expert on photography of the nineteenth century. Ministry of Culture. Photographs provided by the Union of Photographers of Russia and the Agency “FotoSoyuz”. www.photounion.ru The publishing house ART SPRING book “Peter Pavlov. Images of old Moscow “

The specifics of the sports photographer quotes and photos of masters of the genre

Dear friends! Especially for the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, we have prepared material, which will collect quotes masters of sports photojournalism genre. Customizable to win! Grigory Dukor of civic sports photographer “The photographer can position: come home and tell me what you want. But shooting you must be absolutely impartial, otherwise you can not work. There are a lot of evidence. Sometimes, sports photographers, using the fact that they have accreditation, come to cheer on sports events. And they are not removed, and the sick. I do not say this in order to condemn them. Do not remove this match at the same time, it will not work. Similarly, if you come to an event, for example, a collection of communists or anyone else who does not love, – a good image will not work. You’ll be a supporter of what is happening – again miss all interesting. ” In an interview for the portal mediazavod.ru secret of success from Oleg Naumov “Apart from luck, of course, you need to feel good frame craftsmanship. In addition, sports photographer has to work according to the rules of the sport, which he rents. The most interesting thing happening on a hockey rink in the goal area where players are fighting, pushing, flies Puck or, conversely, the goalkeeper makes a beautiful “save game”. Good shots are obtained and some bench – only there it is possible to pass through the picture real emotions of players and coaches, all that is so interesting to fans. All these points need to feel – sports photographer has to be a half-step ahead of the action. ” In an interview for Nikon’s secret of success from Andrei Golovanov and Sergei Golovanov Kivrin Andrew: It is important to anticipate the moment. First you need to create a frame in my head and figure out what you want to remove. To this end, we carry out preparatory work. We try to find out the program of performances of athletes. Relatively speaking, we know that Plushenko will make some somersault, which we have in the past turned out to withdraw, but dirty. In this case, we will go to the rink especially for the sake of a perfect frame of this somersault. That is, before you start shooting, we already have a head shots that we are going to remove. We study the structure of the pre-Olympic venues, choose a place for shooting. By the way, the location of the Sochi facilities we have already learned, we know where and how to pass. Sergey Kivrin: It is an axiom for any photographer, not only sport: when you go to shoot, you should know that you want to remove. Then you just need to wait for the moment and pull the trigger. If you go only on luck, footage obtained are usually very weak. Any interesting picture when it is the ratio of the photographer to the event. As soon as there is a distance, the man removes mechanically, and it is similar to passport photos – cold and lifeless. Man’s relation to the photos – this is art. Teach this impossible. In an interview for the magazine “Itogi” What is interesting in photography: an event or a hero? According to Alexander Zemlyanichenko Gold medalist Ethiopian Mohammed Aman and US silver medalist Nick Symmonds at the finish line of men’s 800-meter race in Moscow “Always interesting people. Through him, I can show and event. If you shoot an athlete who just won the race for a hundred meters, then take as much as possible in the frame, and the one who took second place, while counting on the former. They will have different facial expressions. This will create depth and volume developments. For any topic, I try to solve through the hero. ” From an interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”

entry-level studio: concept creation

Create your own photo studio implies acceptance of the solution set, and how they would be correct, so will be successful and fruitful work of the photographer. The decisive factor in the design, equipment and the choice of equipment is the direction in which you plan to work. Is it appropriate to complete photo studio entry-level world-class manufacturer of devices located on the top of Olympus photographic how far the Profoto? I think many will be pleased to know that the cost of kits monoblock Profoto D1, battery and studio Acute2 series generators are not much different from the proposals of some companies belonging to the middle class and produce enough high-quality products. Not too significant difference in price gives you quite a tangible difference in the quality. What does the concept of quality is composed? We will try to highlight the most important factors for the photographer. The quality of light. It largely depends on the type of lamps used (in this case, which is a pulsed), their coverage, the overall quality of components of the device circuitry. Company Profoto uses the most expensive lamps and accessories production of European and Japanese companies, its long-standing successful partners. Followed svetoformiruyuschie tools – softboxes with a reflective coating, “premium” and diffusers, which are invariably white for many years, reflectors, reflective film in the production of which use the most advanced spray technology and a variety of chemical components, carefully thought-out shape and zoom technology. This complex gives its owner a unique, excellent quality of light. Reliability. As is known, the company offers for rent pulsed light products, give preference to the Profoto: its share at the box office more than a fraction of all other products combined. This fact speaks of unconditional reliability and durability of the instrument. In our country, many major rental companies and studios also come at last to the decision to conduct its business is from Profoto. Easy to operate. No wonder Profoto products are called “technique for assistants.” You or your assistant do not spend more than five minutes trying to figure out how to manage a particular device. On the replacement of large softbox will take no more than 10 seconds and use zoom technology in the management of reflectors allows you to sometimes do not change it during the shooting, and change the angle of illumination, a moving device. With this information, you’ll be able to look at the difference in price in a new way. Now let’s move to the direct selection of Profoto equipment. To get started, answer the important question: your future studio is intended only for personal use or you will be at least periodically to lease it? If the rental is possible, I recommend to pay attention to the low-cost generator Acute2 Series system, a detailed overview of which was published in the April issue of the journal “Russian Photo”. Acute Series (1200/2400) – the classic generators, analog control. High performance, excellent quality of consumer, small size and weight, stable performance, and finally, the low price – features Acute. AcuteB2 Series in a compact size and low weight, but has all the functionality needed to create high-quality coverage anywhere. The ability to adjust the power to the seven divisions of the diaphragm gives the photographer full creative freedom. Short pulses give the image more definition, and due to the high rate of recharge is not necessary to wait long pulse readiness. durability and impact resistance to the sloppy increase compared with monoblock bring you considerable profit, and price will accelerate payback time. Your own hard work and tips the scales to the generating system. If you want to periodically engage in portrait photography, the work on the portfolio, creative projects, perfection of their own skills or just plan to use a large number of devices, the use of monoblock system is justified. A detailed story about the use of candy bars Profoto D1 read in the March issue of the magazine. System monoblock Profoto D1 – the most advanced system in the range of pulse devices the Profoto – appeared on the market in early 2009 and was immediately awarded the honorary title “The best system of compact flashes – 2009”. The Profoto D1 system includes three monoblock capacity of 250, 500, and 1000 J. These devices multivoltazhny, t. E. Are equipped with a universal power supply that allows to use them from the mains voltage from 90 to 240V without any controls, adjustments or replacement lamps. Power pulse of each candy bar within the seven levels of exposure in increments of 1/10 steps and controlled by the central display. As a pilot light uses 300-watt halogen lamp. For ease of use D1 monoblocks are equipped with radio remote control Profoto Air. D1 with a monoblock can use almost the entire line of nozzles svetoformiruyuschih Profoto. Two strip-box, rectangular soft and octa form the basis of the initial set svetoformiruyuschih tools. It is recommended to buy them a cell, at least for the first time. Portrait dish and a couple of different reflectors (standart zoom + magnum or standart zoom + narrow beam) with the cells greatly enhance your ability and let your skills grow. The Light Shaping Tools – svetoformiruyuschie nozzle Profoto – were created and perfected over many years. As a result, we have the perfect tool for creating your own style, the author’s approach to non-standard lighting solutions, the new – modern – photos. Exclusive patented system of fastening of the reflectors, soft boxes and other instruments is a matter of special pride of the company. It is no secret that prolonged exposure to the modeling illumination lamp reflectors are heated to temperatures that do not allow to touch them. The photographer working with Profoto system, may not give it much importance, bayonet Profoto allows for a few seconds, without any effort to replace one tool to another. In addition, the cornerstone of the philosophy of the formation of Profoto light is a unique opportunity to use the same diameter of the working part of the instrument, move the nozzle along the body of the device, change the light scattering angle, focus it and zoom to manage luminous flux. Finally we look at some of the general trends of designing and equipping the studio. studio size should be comfortable for you. It is necessary to calculate how many people and how much equipment will be able to place without disturbing the photographer. Studio for shooting a subject as opposed to the studio for portrait or fashion-shooting may be small and have no windows. The room should be well ventilated and quickly, and the ceiling height – allowing placement of lighting fixtures in the “straight down” a few meters away from the subject. Obligatory toilet and shower. An important factor is the placement of a competent group of sockets and their quality, as well as the quality of the extensions used in the studio. Separately dwell on the mounting elements. Needed a reliable pillar for lighting – it is best if they are on wheels and brakes, special racks (with-stand) to set the flags, frost-frames, filters, etc., powerful and stable “Cranes” from the turning mechanisms , wall mount system backgrounds. Be sure to use goods and special bags with filler (sand bag), all kinds of holders and clamp – in large quantities. Remember to buy all – not possible and not necessary. Many special svetoformiruyuschie tools, and the most powerful generator rasprekrasnye and you can always rent. The main thing that you have created a foundation, a superstructure which would be your success and the success of your business. _______________________ See also: Business Lessons for the photographer. E-mail marketing lesson Photoshop. Drawing: Draw movement in Photoshop example of creating a collage. Lesson “Fish Day”

Soviet photography 60-70-ies

On May 28, the Center of Photography Lumiere brothers opened an exhibition dedicated to the history of Soviet photography. It presents more than 350 images of 70 photographers of the sixties and seventies. Here are the most interesting and famous works of authors whose names have become legendary. Half a century ago, they were working for the best of the world photo agencies – ITAR-TASS, APN, RIA “Novosti”. In their pictures can be traced in detail, not only as changing tastes and trends in photography, but also to see the life of a vanished empire. Each picture – like a window into the past, documentary evidence of the joys and hopes of the inhabitants of the Soviet Union. These pictures can be called the emblems and symbols of those years. They sealed the amazing time when the Soviet Union allowed the citizens to be more free than ever before. As a result, there was a real surge of creativity that has led to the flourishing of the club and reportage photography. Nothing similar had neither before nor after. In photography, then dominated by experimentation and innovation. For the first time the opportunity to shoot and print not only a symbol of power and greatness of the state, but also a clean report without pathos, pretentiousness and false optimism. Footage parades and sowing replaced by mental pictures, where there was a place of irony, humor, sadness and romance. Many photographs represented the everyday life of Soviet citizens who now can not be imagined without the help of these photos. Even the heroic labor of the scene here seem rather humdrum, though fanned romance. A lot of photographs of children, who finally become themselves, and not the personification of happy Soviet childhood. They just laugh, aimlessly picking their snow shovel or boats allowed. Iconic, new and up to date at that time was the photo-graph, which shows the famous exhibition of works by Alexander Abaza “Rails Azovstal” and “Brigade”. That there have been numerous technical innovations in those years. They can be seen, for example, pictures of Nicholas Drachinskogo that his color experiments anticipated the effects of the current template. The exhibition, which has become not only a gallery of Soviet photography, but also of the Soviet era, will continue until August 1st. Soviet photography 60-70-ies. On May 28, the Center of Photography Lumiere brothers opened an exhibition dedicated to the history of Soviet photography. ___________________________ See also: Alexander Martirosov: “Photography has brought into my life missing the harmony.”

TOP 25 twitter-photographers: thousands of subscribers and popularity

We publish an overview of the most popular social network Twitter photographers, each of whom have thousands of readers. Jack Hollingsworth (Jack Hollingsworth) Over 47 thousand subscribers Jack Hollingsworth – photographer and traveler. He takes everything he sees, and share experiences with your subscribers on Twitter, and they had more than 47 thousand! Jack is able to work in a variety of genres and that is why is considered one of the most successful contemporary commercial photographers. His pictures are actively bought and photo stock agencies. Jack – the owner of the photo studios in Austin, Boston, New Delhi and Singapore. Its customers include such well-known brands such as Travel, Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism accounts, including the Four Seasons Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Star Clippers, Silversea Cruises, American Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Garuda Indonesia Airways, Singapore Tourism, Trinidad and Tobago Tourism, Curacao Tourism. Scott Kelby (Scott Kelby) More than 155 thousand subscribers Scott Kelby – the largest American photographer, editor and publisher of Photoshop, co-founder and president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), President Kelby Media Group, author and publisher of many books and manuals for working with Adobe Photoshop on the Macintosh and the PC, and also books for professional designers, photographers and artists. It is no accident for photographers and Adobe Photoshop employees Scott name has become almost a household word. With his books began to many well-known photo-current. Without exaggeration, we can say that no field of photography, in which Scott was not an expert. Andy Rose (Andy Rouse) More than 16 thousand subscribers, Andy Rose – a professional wildlife photographer, a multiple winner of BBC Wildlife Photographer, owner of a huge number of awards in the field of photography, including the prestigious Cherry Kearton Medal and the Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. He is the author of a large number of books about the life of animals and nature. As Andy himself says, he took up photography to enhance the beauty of the surrounding world. Tamara Lackey (Tamara Lackey) More than 32 thousand subscribers Tamara Lackey – not only the well-known photographer, but also a business woman, educator, and, as noted by her family, a great wife and mother. It is recognized as one of the best photographers of the world of children. When meeting with Tamara activities always have the feeling: all of that does this woman succeeds. She is happy to share photographic experiences with its numerous subscribers. Katherine Hall (Catherine Hall) More than 14.5 thousand subscribers Kathryn Hall – one of the most famous wedding photographers according to the American agency The Knot world. Her biography is full of interesting facts, and this is one of them. She was born in the Bay Area and at age 16, while still at school, she graduated from the photography course. On one exhibition of school work, she heard the teacher said someone from the parents, “Yes, it turns out well, but she did not become a professional.” Katherine felt his words challenge and today says that this was a turning point in her life. It has become a favorite business to give all his time and now proved to the world that her teacher was, to put it mildly wrong. Confident that in the photo can be improved indefinitely, Catherine raises the professionalism constantly. Scott Bourne (Scott Bourne) Over 165 thousand subscribers The fact that the number of subscribers on Twitter Scott exceeded 159,000 people, speaks for itself. He devoted more photos 30 years of his life. His works are published by major publications and stored in well-known galleries and private collectors. Scott – author of five books about photography, actively conducts master classes and workshops, member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, the Association of Professional Photographers, WPPI, and so on. His online magazine photos photofocus.com is very popular among readers. You could say that Scott Bourne – traveler, do not get tired to admire the beauty of nature and animals. Jeremy Cowart (Jeremy Cowart) More than 100 thousand subscribers Another American photographer who did not confine himself to any one genre. Graphic designer by training, after college, he founded his own company Pixelgrazer. Inspired by a photograph in 2005, he recognized that loved her “before realized.” Literally in the first years of his career, Jeremy has quickly gained the respect and photographers, and artists with whom he worked. Among his clients – Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Sting, Clive Owen, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Imogen Heap, Courteney Cox, Ryan Seacrest and others. In 2008, as a photographer, he was accompanied by Britney Spears on tour in 17 countries Passion World Tour. Cowart a lot of traveling. The result of his journeys have become three books of photographs: Hope in the Dark ( «Hope in the Dark»), The Poor Will Be Glad ( «The poor will be happy”) and Awakening ( «Awakening”). His work is published edition of Rolling Stone, ESPN The Magazine, People, USA Today, New York Times, TIME and others. Not surprisingly, for the work of Jeremy watches for almost 100 thousand subscribers on Twitter! John Paul Caponigro (John Paul Caponigro) More than 12 thousand subscribers This is a world-renowned photographer, whose work is simple and sincere, and that valuable. Wizard Pictures stored in the largest galleries in the world, such as Estee Lauder and the Smithsonian. Recently, he prefers to photograph nature. The unique artistic vision author makes even the simplest phenomena of beautiful and unusual. John Paul took over the love of photography from his father, who just knew how to see the beauty in the everyday. Masterfully owning Adobe Photoshop, he shares the secrets of professional photography with the readers of Digital Photo Pro magazine. John Paul – a member of such organizations as The Photoshop Hall of Fame, Canon Explorers of Light, Epson Stylus Pro, X-Rite’s Coloratti. His clients include Adobe and Kodak. Stacey Pirsell (StacyPearsall) More than 6000 subscribers Stacey Pirsell dedicated its activities military photos. She was born into a military family. Her great-grandfather served in the Navy during the First World War, his grandfather took part in the Second World War, and his father – in the Vietnam War, so nobody not particularly surprised when at the age of 17 years Pirsell joined the US Air Force. Before putting his signature to the contract, it made promises that she will be allowed to take pictures at the forefront. The last four years of service she showed film of spy plane U-2, working on the Strategic Command, and later – to the European command of the US Air Force. While the camera in hand it took only in their spare time. After four flights thanks to its outstanding portfolio, which consists of images from places of military operations, Stacey has become one of the highest paid professionals in the National Press Photographers Association. In 2003 and 2007 she was awarded the title of Photographer of the Year. Her work has appeared in publications of Time Magazine, Newsweek, New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, Soldier of Fortune, The Portrait of GQ and, were shown on CNN and BBC channels, as well as participated in the project, “This is our war.” Her photo series titled “Points, disfiguring the face” participated in the festival LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in 2007. In the same year cycle of pictures from areas of combat operations in Iraq “in ambush” was published in the journal NPPA Magazine. Stacey won in the Contest photojournalists Atlanta and twice won the contest fotozhurnalistok NPPA. In spring 2009, her collection of war photographs have traveled all over the country, and the money raised from the organization of exhibitions, have been transferred to nonprofit Wounded Warrior Project. PBS Company and The Air Force Band honored Pirsell “Air Force Veteran of the Year” title, and in the same year at home, in Charleston, South Carolina, she won the “American hero.” After being wounded in Iraq in 2003 and 2007, it was removed from service for medical reasons. Then she began to human rights work in projects such as the Wounded Warrior Program, Real Warriors, Bob Woodruff Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Games. To inform the public about the rights of veterans in South Carolina, she launched the project for taking portraits of veterans living there wars in other countries. This work lasted a year and ended with the exhibition, which attracted attention to the problem of all Americans. Despite the high demand, Pirsell continues to give lectures all over the country. It appeals to a key military leaders, celebrities, former presidents and heads of the richest companies from the list Fortune 500. Its fate – an example of endurance, heroism and lust for life. Currently, she is the owner and head of the Center Charleston Center for Photography (www.CCforP.org). Photo courses conducted by the Organization and workshops in the city, and in other parts of the country, educational programs in the arts for young people, exhibitions, provided photographic services and much more. Stacey is also one of the founders of legionphoto.com – a group of military veterans and photographers. Brad Moore (Brad Moore) More than 8 thousand subscribers two main hobbies American Brad Moore – music and photography. No wonder that he became famous in the first place thanks to its concert photos. His vivid images with performances convey the range of emotions experienced by music lovers and musicians. According to Brad, he loved music all my life, and although he does not have the gift of music, found a way to express their loyalty to her. “I hope my pictures will help the audience to get acquainted with new talented artists,” – he says. By the way, Brad worked with Scott Kelby. Having basic knowledge of the books of the latter, he recognizes the importance of photography knowledge of all the necessary technical subtleties. During his career, Brad has worked in publications such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and others. As a true music fan, talking about himself, he is sure to mention to your favorite music. In the list of his favorites The Beatles, Derek Webb, Arcade Fire, David Crowder Band, Girl Talk, Kanye West, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens, The Avett Brothers, Vampire Weekend, Future of Forestry, The Black Keys, Ra Ra Riot, Mumford & Sons, NEEDTOBREATHE, Wilco, Sleigh Bells, David Bowie and other performers. Nicole Young (Nicole S. Young) More than 21 thousand subscribers “Photographer, author, poet, dreamer. I love long walks with a camera and image processing in Photoshop under the crackling fire in the fireplace. Art makes me happy “- that so poetically and figuratively speaks of his work Nicole Young. She specializes in landscape and food pictures, dedicating these two genres of the books. Nicole works very much in demand photobanks iStockphoto and Getty Images. Nicole loves to teach, to learn and to share what she knows with your blog and pages on social networks. She frequently gives master classes and workshops for processing photos in Lightroom and Photoshop, create video tutorials and printed educational materials in specialized editions. David Hobby (David Hobby) More than 108,000 subscribers, David Hobby, who worked as a staff writer at the newspaper The Baltimore Sun, is now a well-known American photographer, a recognized guru who knows all about the light. For his Twitter page keeps track of more than 100 thousand subscribers! He teaches all over the world, talking about the secrets and intricacies of outbreaks in various genres of photography. Especially popular are sports photography and portraits of David athletes. How to pass a motion in the frame? How to put the lights? How to achieve the right balance of daylight and flash? What are the accessories? To find answers to these and many other questions, the blog of David Strobist.com visited daily by thousands of readers from 175 countries of the world. He was recognized as one of the best bloggers the 2010 version of TIME Magazine. Chase Jarvis (Chase Jarvis) More than 252 thousand subscribers About Chase we have been told. This is a professional American photographer, filmmaker, entrepreneur and the youngest winner of the Hasselblad Masters Awards prestigious award. Jarvis is cooperating with many famous brands, such as Volvo, Nike, Apple, Microsoft, Columbia Sportswear, Honda, Subaru, Polaroid, Red Bull and others. It must have been the secret of success and Chase’s popularity lies in its sights. Thus, he believes that a creative person should embody the ideas flowing, work hard and believe in themselves. Chase studied photography exclusively on their own, through their own observations and active practice. A huge number of photographic technique he inherited from his grandfather. For his work and new projects should be nearly 250 thousand tvitteryan! Jim Goldstein (Jim Goldstein) More than 19 thousand subscribers Jim Goldstein – a landscape photographer from San Francisco, whose work is published largest fotoizdaniya, including Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro and Popular Photography. Landscape photography – its main strong point. Devotee nature lover and environmentalist, Jim is trying to show the audience the beauty of the world and prove the idea of the need to protect it. He is a member of the American Photographic Association American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). As Jim says, photography is for him a source of adrenaline. “I love nature, color, minimalism and complex compositions. I yearn to see and feel all the subtleties of nature. If you like to stand at the edge, where the breathtaking, I’ll show you something amazing “, – he says to his audience. Art Wolfe (Art Wolfe) More than 48 thousand subscribers Art Wolfe – American photographer and conservationist. His color photographs of wildlife, landscape and culture of the United States have received worldwide recognition. Wolf Pictures – a sort of documents from every continent, where they work for the good of the nature of public environmental organizations. He not only photographs, but also engaged in serious study of the natural landscapes and wildlife, and developing methods for conservation. Wolf Creative activity is not limited to photography. He is interested in gardening and painting, very successfully engaged in journalism and educational activities. As said of him president of the organization Wildlife Conservation Society, Wolf is doing everything to save the endangered peace. Over the last 30 years of his writings and photographs have been published more than 60 books. For Wolfe activity on Twitter follow nearly 50 thousand subscribers! Jimmy Chin (Jimmy Chin) More than 10 thousand subscribers Photographer National Geographic, he calls himself a skier, mountaineer, explorer, and bully. Jimmy was born in Mankato, Minnesota. On his account – tens of organized sporting events for climbing, mountaineering and archeology. His dramatic shots of human emotions during the extreme sports have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, Adventure, Outside, Men’s Journal, ESPN The Magazine, The North Face Journal, The Patagonia Journal. Jimmy became the winner of many prestigious competitions and has been voted one of the best mountain photographers in the world. In addition to achievements in photography Jimmy boasts climbing a mountain in the Karakoram Pakistan mountain in Garhwal Himalayas in Northern India, crossing the plateau of Changtang in northwestern part of Tibet and attempt the conquest of the northern part of Mount Everest. People magazine recognized him as one of the most eligible suitors planet. Today, Jimmy Chan – one of the most popular extreme photographers. Eric Seo (Erik Seo) More than 4 million subscribers is a professional American photographer specializing in automotive and sports photography, shooting events, weddings, concerts and as he says, “just life itself.” The work was for Erica main interest in life, and indeed, looking at his portfolio, involuntarily concludes that any event that he takes, to be held perfectly. Eric Seo – winner of many competitions, including the North American Photographer of the Year and World Ski and Snowboard Festival Pro Photographer Showdown. Little Clark (Clark Little) More than 8500 subscribers Clark Little – a photographer from California. From his youth he was interested in surfing and has achieved in this sport great heights. Love it, Clark wanted to capture the beauty and power of the waves and photographs decorate his apartment. He bought a waterproof case for a camera and began to shoot. In a very short time, Clark has received worldwide recognition, his pictures began to publish the largest publications, they exhibited all over the world. Clark appeared in television shows, including the CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Discovery Channel. Clark – the owner of premium Oceans Photography Awards, Highly Honored Photographer, PDN Great Outdoors, Western Publishing Association Maggie Awards, Pele Awards for Photography, Photograph of the Year. Joey Lawrence (Joey Lawrence) Over 47 thousand subscribers (main photo) This young professional photographer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Popularity came to him after the release of the acclaimed film “Twilight”, because it was the author of Joy posters him. He started this order, when he was barely 18 years old, and since then has not made a poster for other films. Joy came into the picture due to the participation in the 2004 competition DPChallenge. Among his clients – Warner Bros., Summit Entertainment, Forbes, NBC, Kawasaki, United Way, Atlantic Records. In addition, he is also the author of the video tutorials for beginner photographers. Joey has traveled extensively throughout the world and is engaged in travel-photography. So, a special recognition was his cycle of pictures dedicated to the life of the Ethiopian population. in the category “Professional portrait” In 2009, he became the winner of International Photography Awards. Yan Plante (Ian Plant) More than 11 thousand subscribers world-famous professional photographer, writer and adventurer Ian Plant began almost 20 years ago with images of nature.