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    From 500px. This photographer is crazy good and the models are very brave!
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    I have a small problem with these images. They are great and all but I feel like the hair/makeup artist and/or set designer have a larger impact on the image than the photographer. Unless the photographer was also these other people, I think they need more credit than than the photographer.
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    She is definitely doing an awesome job of expressing her art but even though it's "out there" I still kind feel like it's been done. There seems to be a lot of people doing these young girl in the wild fantasy type photos with the crazy dresses and the blur with nature. The addition of the animals is a little different and I suspect she's putting her models at risk. There's a fine line between brave and stupid.

    As for your comment, AT. Ultimately, it's the photographer's vision in creating these images. Whether they get someone to do makeup or the get someone to hold a reflector in the right place, it's the photographer who makes the decisions about how this image looks. I also suspect that there is a fair bit of Photoshop going on in many of those images so it may be digital manipulation rather than real-world manipulation which likely means the photographer did that part as well.

    What about my recent photos of the Halifax Pride Parade? Are you suggesting that more credit goes to the participants because I didn't do their makeup and clothes? I understand what you are saying, AT, but at the end of the day, it's the photographer who frames the shot and pushes the shutter.
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    Very strong and striking work!

    I agree with AT here on a certain level....and in magazines when this happens the stylist and hair/makeup people also get credit. In films the director usually gets first billing but other people also get credit. The styling and hair make-up in these images look professionally done...but harder to credit people in individual photos....hmmmm.
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    I think quite a few of these have the models photoshopped into place.

    500px / Untitled by Katerina Plotnikova

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    Maybe even this one.
    500px / Untitled by Katerina Plotnikova

    I think they are all well done. Whether composites or not. It is the photographer's ideas and concepts here so the location, costuming, hair and make-up are all part of that. I do not know what the photographer's background is but she(?) obviously has access to models, sets and stylists. The images are stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iguanasan View Post
    What about my recent photos of the Halifax Pride Parade? Are you suggesting that more credit goes to the participants because I didn't do their makeup and clothes? I understand what you are saying, AT, but at the end of the day, it's the photographer who frames the shot and pushes the shutter.
    Staged and free lance photography are two completely different animals. In your free lance images, it was your eye that grabbed the scene, you made it happen by yourself. We see you vision that you created by yourself. Basically, you went out and found the art you wanted to shoot.

    These staged images probably had a crew of a dozen people making sure everything was perfect, and in the end, everyone simply gives credit only to the photographer.

    This reminds me of my college B/W photography professor. She thought Ansel Adams was nothing but a hack. All he could do is shoot landscapes. He was nothing but a decent photographer with a tripod and a burn tool in the darkroom. He couldn't go out in the real world and capture anything else (these were her words). She was basically saying his landscapes were staged and no real photography skills were needed other than a good eye.
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    And you agree with that? Or was that satire? Does a photographer have to be able to photograph everything to be a "photographer"? Some photographers specialize in landscapes, others portraits, others product photography. Does that make them hacks? If a photographer has a concept and hires the models and stylists for the shoots, does that make him any the less the photographer? Setting up the lighting for these shots, alone takes some great degree of skill and knowledge.

    Gosh here is another hack. psshah.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JAS_Photo View Post
    And you agree with that? Or was that satire? Does a photographer have to be able to photograph everything to be a "photographer"? Some photographers specialize in landscapes, others portraits, others product photography. Does that make them hacks? If a photographer has a concept and hires the models and stylists for the shoots, does that make him any the less the photographer? Setting up the lighting for these shots, alone takes some great degree of skill and knowledge.

    Gosh here is another hack. psshah.

    I don't agree with her statement but I understand what she was trying to say. She basically was saying Adams had no eye other than landscapes. Annie Leibovitz basically does one type of photography and is probably one of the best in the world in portraits, but if she sucks at candid or landscape(not saying she is, never seen her other work), does it make her a hack? No, just her skill level differs from genre to genre.

    The video you posted, there is the photographer and light man. I don't consider these "staged" images. Hair, make up, & outfit are nothing special. Most of what you see in the images at the end of the video are from the photographer, not a photographer, make up artist, set designer, etc

    We have gotten off the topic I brought up, staged vs free lance (an entire crew vs lone photographer).

    I said in my first post in this thread, I felt the designers of the sets, hair and make up artist, costume designer had a greater impact on the images than the photographer. The video you posted, the photographer had nearly all impact on the images.
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    I would agree if that were a commercial shoot, where the concept, sets, make-up and design was put together by an art director, but there are a lot of photographers out there who are artists in their own right and hire the models, stylists and sets to accomplish the concept they have in mind. In that case, the photographer is the artist and they deserve the credit. In this case the photographer is most likely highly accomplished at photoshop as well. 1x.com is full of concept photographers for example.
    Peter Kemp being a prime example:

    http://1x.com/member/peterkemp

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    The reason I chose the McNally clip is to show that there are lots of people involved in even his shoots which look very unstaged quite often. And yes he has stylists and hair dressers as well.

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    I would disagree with your BW teacher AT. Most people, myself included consider Adams a Master.
    He co-invented the Zone system for God's sake and I've been lucky enough to see prints of his up close. They are fab. They sing. Other photographers' works also sing due to Adams techniques. His work is of the HIGHEST quality.

    It's like Saying Rembrandt was a hack because he only used one type of light. (that was named after him...lol)

    But we are getting off topic. The Mcnally video clearly has a team of people working for him. i think that's off topic too.

    Anyway, I'd like to see other pros get the credit when they have made a tremendous impact on the image and this happens mostly in the fashion world.... it would be nice but I never expect it.

    This one person getting all the credit phenomenon is just part of life. Architects, Conductors, Directors....same thing.
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