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Most famous photographers of our time

What makes a photographer noticed or well-known? Is it the number of years he or she has been in this profession, the experience they have gathered, or a particular field of photography that he or she has chosen? None of these; the most important reason behind any photographer in this world are the pictures he or she has taken. You must have heard the saying: a picture speaks a thousand words. At one time or another in their careers, they have clicked a picture that has taken them beyond the realms of greatness.

What Has Made the Cut

As you read through the article, you will notice that the list doesn’t mention any fashion or popular photographers of today. There is no doubt that photographers like Javier Vallhonrat, Ruven Afandor, Vincent Peters, Glen Luchford, and many more alike are famous for their work. But the photographers that I wish to include in the list below have an edge to them; they are the ones who have given a new name to photography altogether.

Steve McCurry
In 1984, National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry took a picture of a 12 year old Afghan girl. Her picture became so famous that in 1985, National Geographic magazine printed it as their cover. The picture is called, Afghan Girl.

Kevin Carter
I believe that you all may have seen the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ winning picture of a small kid in Sudan, crawling on the ground, wishing to reach a food camp. Due to the Sudan famine, United Nations food camp was established and photographer Kevin Carter captured the picture of the young child. This picture was so devastatingly real that the entire world was in shock. 3 months after the picture was taken, Kevin Carter committed suicide because he was depressed after seeing the plight of the child. The picture is called, Stricken Child Crawling Towards a Food Camp.

Frank Fournier
On November 14, 1985, Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia witnessed a horrible volcano eruption. Over 25,000 people fell victim to this devastating volcano. Photographer Frank Fournier took a picture of Omayra Sánchez, a 13 year old girl who was trapped underneath concrete and water for approximately 3 days. She died a little bit after the picture was taken. The picture is called, The Agony of Omayra Sánchez.

Robert Capa
D-Day, June 6, 1944, photographer Robert Capa reached Omaha Beach, France with the first infantry. This is the picture that changed the face of photojournalism and gave a new name to ‘pressure under fire’. Capa had used 4 rolls, out of which only 11 pictures were salvaged. The picture is called, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.

Pros and Cons of Being a Wedding Photographer

Apparently the work in this profession involves a lot of pre and post planning that no one knows anything about, because the camera guy does such a good job of hiding it all from unsuspecting, drunk, partygoers at weddings. Besides doing what they came to do, sometimes experienced and good ones avert crises that no one anticipates, and solve issues that no one knows have cropped up. Here’s a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages that being a wedding photographer entails.
Pros of Being a Wedding Photographer
Witness to a Sacred Rite
A wedding photographer is an essential part of the proceedings, and helps create memories for one of the most important events in someone’s lives. They are witness to a range of raw emotions on an almost daily basis. An age-old rite in every custom, the photographer gets to see for himself and respect the bonds that develop in these unions. They get to participate in the happiness of almost complete strangers. What profession can be more emotionally satisfying and wholesome?

Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences Everyday
An event that supposedly happens once in everyone’s lifetime, a wedding occurs almost weekly or monthly for a wedding photographer. If it’s a destination wedding, the experience is even better. It’s a happy occasion that most wedding photographers appreciate and enjoy documenting. They like to believe that they are helping someone document happy memories, and to be a part of such an occasion is a humbling, gratifying, and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
All-weather Experience
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The ability to adapt and be a versatile photographer is essential to survive in this profession. Subjects keep changing from food to architecture, people, and pets. The different shots that every client expects, like romantic ones, night shots, portraits, accommodating to various personalities, weather, different venues, candid or intense, all require the same photographer to have a specialized knowledge of various fields. This gives oodles of experience in a very short space of time.

Helping Someone Create their Story
Though it can be exhausting, the wedding photographer retains the power to document each moment of a wedding, therefore he creates a story with people’s emotions, their joy and initial nervousness, the elation, the sadness, and the relief. He runs through the whole gamut of emotions with his camera, and creates a book with sequential events that help the couple bring back all memories as a visual diary, a storybook they can narrate to friends and family later on.

Bridal Portrait Ideas to Make Your Wedding

A formal picture of the bride in her bridal dress and makeup, which is taken a few days before the wedding or sometimes just before the wedding ceremony is known as a bridal portrait. A great bridal portrait is one that accentuates the natural beauty of the bride and captures her happiness and radiance. While there are some modern brides who forgo having a bridal portrait clicked; there are many who would like to have a beautiful bridal portrait to treasure for the rest of their life. The most important element in getting your bridal portrait done is to decide on a competent photographer. The best way to do this is to plan around six to four months ahead of the wedding and make a list of wedding photographers. Review their work carefully and then choose a photographer whose work you like and who you feel comfortable with. Once you have booked a photographer, it is time to concentrate on how to have the best bridal portrait taken that reflects your personality. Here we will discuss some of the best and most creative bridal photography ideas.
Ideas for Bridal Portraits
Whether you choose to have your bridal portrait taken months before the wedding or just after the wedding ceremony, there are ways in which you can make your portrait look spectacular.
Pay Attention to Your Dress, Hair and Makeup
The most important aspect of a bridal portrait is the bridal dress, hairstyle and makeup. If you are having your bridal photograph taken a few weeks before the wedding, then make sure that you dress up in a similar fashion as you intend to dress on your wedding day. Of course it goes without saying that you are going to wear the wedding gown for the photo session. But try to co ordinate the other details of your outfit completely. For the bridal portrait to look genuine and classy, it has to reflect your inner joy and apprehension of the matrimony. Once you slip inside the wedding gown and complete you look with shoes, romantic hairstyle and soft makeup, the picture taken will look natural and beautiful.

Choose a Picturesque and Interesting Location
One of the best bridal portrait ideas is to get your picture taken in a place that has scenic beauty. A location that has a lot of greenery, interesting architectural history or even your old school or university are ideal. Make sure that you choose your location carefully as it will form the background of the portrait and you do not want it to detract from the beauty of the portrait. On the other extremity, the background should not be overly bright or ornate that it attracts attention to it rather than focus it you. You can also choose an indoor location like a grand hotel or an old museum that boasts of a unique architecture. Just make sure that there is enough lighting so that your photographer will have no trouble in clicking a great picture.

Tips and Advice for Clicking Glamorous Fashion Portfolios

Presentation is the key in the world of fashion. Fashion designers and aspiring models need to have a professional portfolio to have a bright career in the industry. Models who are aspiring to bag assignments in the advertising world or for the runways need to have a versatile portfolio that showcases them in different moments and angles. A good portfolio can embark one on a successful career, and plays a very important role in any aspiring model’s career graph as it is the first step into the world of glamor. Let us take a quick look at some tips for fashion portfolios and how you can look your best in it:
When you choose a photographer, ensure that you discuss the whole theme of the portfolio with him/her well in advance. Go through the photographer’s own repertoire to know about his/her style in photography. Some photographers may be particularly good with portrait shots, whereas some may be highly talented in creating surreal images. For this reason, you need to know how you can use the skills of the photographer to your advantage. You should discuss it with him/her to decide upon the basic look required.
Always keep a good varied wardrobe ready. A fashion portfolio that showcases you in different types of clothing and looks would turn out to be more useful for you. Experiment and create unique styles by selecting the right kind of clothing. Casual and formal looks are the most basic, but you can also try out something more creative. Simply browse through clothing stores and pick up pieces that can be mixed and matched. You can pair leggings with a short skirt and halter, or choose a cowboy look. Experiment and show how versatile you are, as it would help you to land up with plum assignments.
A fashion portfolio can be jazzed up in a variety of ways. You do not always have to invest in clothes that are exorbitantly priced. Look around in stores, or even flea markets, where you can get interesting jewelry items that you can use to add more pizzazz to your look. A chunky necklace or an interesting headgear can help to make a photograph truly interesting.
If you are a model with no prior experience, you must gather knowledge about facing the camera. It is crucial to know about the right angles, and pose in such a way that makes you look flattering in the photographs. You must not be conscious of the camera, as your stance will reflect the same. Discuss with the photographer on ways to face the camera and the kind of expression you would need to develop as per the costume selected.
Be careful about your posture. A model needs to have the correct posture to be able to look stunning. While in front of the camera, you can experiment with different poses to make each snap look different. Remember to feel free and at ease, and your spontaneity would naturally show in the photographs.