Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas Photographer’

Fine art photographs are often one of a kind, from an era long past, and taken by photographers made famous previously in the world of photography.  As the years progressed, photos considered fine art have evolved as the photographers and technology changed the way pictures are taken. So too has society’s perception changed regarding what is considered fine art. Thus photography that is fine art is now decided upon by each individual and what that person considers to be beautiful. It is the photographer and the beholder of the picture that decide if the photo is treasure or trash.

There is now a trend toward a careful staging and lighting of the picture, rather than hoping to “discover” it ready-made. Photographers such as Gregory Crewdson, and Jeff Wall are noted for the quality of their staged pictures. Additionally, new technological trends in digital photography have opened a new direction in full spectrum photography, where careful filtering choices across the ultraviolet, visible and infrared lead to new artistic visions.

As printing technologies have improved since around 1980, a photographer’s art prints reproduced in a finely-printed limited-edition book have now become an area of strong interest to collectors. This is because books usually have high production values, a short print run, and their limited market means they are almost never reprinted. The collector’s market in photography books by individual photographers is developing rapidly.

Although fine art photography may overlap with many other genres of photography, the overlaps with fashion photography and photojournalism merit special attention.

In 1996 it was stated that there had been a “recent blurring of lines between commercial illustrative photography and fine art photography,” especially in the area of fashion.[20] Evidence for the overlap of fine art photography and fashion photography includes lectures, exhibitions, trade fairs such as Art Basel Miami Beach, and books.

Photojournalism and fine art photography overlapped beginning in the “late 1960s and 1970s, when… news photographers struck up liaisons with art photography and painting”. In 1974 the International Center of Photography opened, with emphases on both “humanitarian photojournalism” and “art photography”. By 1987, “pictures that were taken on assignments for magazines and newspapers now regularly reappear  in frames on the walls of museums and galleries”.

In the contemporary art community of the West Coast, Alter Ego Studio makes every attempt avoids the shallow and often times limiting commercial consumer markets.  We find it limits both creativity and the spirit of the art form of Fine Art Photography.  Each of the fine art works produced by Alter Ego Studio has unique qualities, inate to the art form and the photographing artist.  We celebrate both the work and the artist and hope that upon viewing the work, the individual witnessing the photograph is brought to a place of peace and understanding.

The Viewfinders - Alter Ego Studio

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Those of us who call Las Vegas home, have endured many slights to our neon encrusted oasis.  From the very top of the political arena (Barak Obama) to the mid-western travelers of the red states, the grumblings of a morally bankrupt city have been heard.  But, as the attempts to sully her good name fade into oblivion, Las Vegas smiles as she survives generation after generation, providing to those all the fun and fantasy she can.

Honestly, for us who have established a business here (Alter Ego Studio), we love to hear of the strange, interesting and fantastical.  We in the entertainment industry are always waiting for the Las Vegas story.  We quietly snicker when Prince Harry has a  brief but much maligned romp with our city walls.  We equally have a Cheshire grin when Las Vegas becomes and remains a swing state for the Republican and Democratic parties. 

Las Vegas seems to be all things to all people.  The movie industry has embraced us as the place to start or end most of their films.  We are a mecca for Hollywood…a place academy award winners can sit next to the cast of The Hangover 3 on a level playing field.

Las Vegas is still not a place for kids…and we are ok with that.  It needs to harbor the big kids with their big tastes, big fantasy’s…and of course the big pool parties. 

We at Alter Ego Studio are in constant salute (pun intended) to Las Vegas…she is our sister-in-arms…and she will always be the Sexiest Woman Alive (although Mila Kunis is a good choice too!)

Las Vegas - Alter Ego Studio Salutes

Mila Kunis

production still is a photograph taken on or off the set of a movie or television program during production. The photos were taken by studio photographers for promotional purposes. Such stills consisted of posed portraits, used for public display or free fan handouts, which are sometimes autographed. They can also consist of posed or candid images taken on the set during production, and may include stars, crew members or directors at work.

The main purpose of such publicity stills is to help studios advertise and promote their new films and stars. Studios therefore send those photos along with press kits and free passes to as many movie-related publications as possible so as to gain free publicity. Such photos were then used by newspapers and magazines, for example, to write stories about the stars or the films themselves. Hence, the studio gains free publicity for its films, while the publication gains free stories for its readers.

Catwoman - Dark Knight Rises 2012

When shooting production stills, there is the possibility that your work may be turned into concept art for the next installment or possibly for use in the current advertisement of the production.  Alter Ego Studio is involved in many aspects of the Nevada film industry including shooting production stills, castings and first looks.  With all roads seemingly ending in Vegas for most films, we are fortunate to be exposed to many wonderful productions both on the major and Indie levels. 

Keep in touch with the Nevada Film industry at www.nevadafilm.com.

We love artist Julian Beever’s pavement drawings.  If you have not seen is work, he is the guy that does all the 3D chalk drawing in public places.  A lot of his work is just exceptional.  As we sat here at the studio, looking through the images, we came across a couple that reminded us just how important the right angle is in photography.

Here is his work:

And here it is from the proper angle:

Check out these pictures from artist Natalie Irish.  Can you tell what her brush technique is?  I’ll give you a hint, she does not use a brush.  Here at the studio, we think they are amazing.  So what do you think of them?

We at the studio were sick to our stomachs when we read this!  If we can get past all the dry heaves and swearing, we will tell you why we are upset.  Normally, we would not comment on this situation using this platform, but being that it directly involved photographers…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

P.S.- Accept when taking pictures “with no apparent esthetic value.”

That’s right, the Long Beach pig…uh…er…police department has taken it upon themselves to disregard the constitution as a matter of standard department procedure.

The LBPD, detained a local news contributor for taking pictures “with no apparent esthetic value” as stated by police chief Jim McDonnell.

All hail the oppressors of civil liberties! That is sarcasm by the way.

Jim McDonnell Long Beach police chief

It’s been a while since our last post!  Sorry for the delay, but end of summer has been busy and fun for us!  A couple of international excursions, plenty of location shoots and hosting industry parties at our studio.  Here are some photos from an ISES cocktail party we had at the studio earlier this month.  We will be back to our normal interesting blogging soon.

This is one of the most Iconic images of the last century.   Our photographers at our studio dream of capturing an image like this.  Ruth Orkin took this photograph of Ninalee Craig in Florence, Italy in 1951.  The two decided they wanted to show the fun and challenges of a single woman traveling allow in Italy.  The result was the this amazing photograph below.

Late last week, news broke of parents suing a retailer and a photographer over pictures of model Haily Clauson that ended up on t-shirts.  The parents issue is that at the time of the pictures Haily was only 15 years old and the photos were “blatantly salacious” and may have violated child pornography laws.  The first two pictures are the ones in question.  Do they have a level of sexuality to them, yes.  Are they salacious or pornographic, no.  Should the photographer have used more restraint with a 15 year old subject, maybe.

This is not an first time model, this is an experienced model that has worked the runway for Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli, Donna Karen, and Oscar de la Renta.  At our studio, we know how important having the proper documentation can be, such as releases and user agreements.  Now, if the pictures had been published and forgotten would the parents be suing?  We doubt it.  So, who is really doing the exploiting here?  Is it the photographer or the parents that were present when these photos were taken?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like most in our generation, we grew up on superheros.  One was greater than all the rest.  Superman!  What kid didn’t fly around with a cape pretending to save people.  Hell, I have a cape now that fits me!  So, when the first picture of the new superman was released this morning we could not wait to see it and make comparisons.  The new movie is just under two years from release and we are already excited!  What does this have to do with photography or our photography studio? Well, these are both professional photographs.  So, which superman do you like better?  Or are you withholding judgement for now?