Stories From Behind the Camera: Iconic Portraits

Stories From Behind the Camera: Iconic Portraits

Stories From Behind the Camera: The World’s Most Iconic Portraits Some iconic photographs last longer in the mind because of the subject. There’s nothing more interesting to people than other people. In our inaugural insight of ‘Stories from Behind the Camera’, we will look at some of the world’s most iconic portraits and reveal the interesting stories that made them iconic. Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry (1984) Sharbat Gula is captured by photojournalist McCurry in a Pakistani refugee camp during the time of the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan. Although, Sharbat wasn’t identified as the girl until 2002 by which time she was in her 30’s. The portrait is revered for a number of reasons. Some cite it is the ‘Mona Lisa of the Third World’ and others say it is a depiction of oppression on society. This photograph was first published on the front cover of National Geographic in 1985 and became an instant talking point. Gula’s red headscarf and the green background is striking, along with her piercing stare underlining McCurry’s ability as a photojournalist. Gula was eventually credited as the Afghan Girl in 2002 using iris recognition technology. She can still remember the moment that McCurry took the photograph. Copyright: Steve McCurry (1984) Copyright: Dorothea Lange (1936) Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange (1936) Taken in the middle of America’s Great Depression, Lange’s portrait of Florence Owens Thompson and her children shows the effects that hyperinflation and lack of employment had on the American people during the 1930s. Thompson was only 32 in the portrait but is often mistaken for a lot older. Generally, this is an attribute of...
Creative & Quirky Family Portrait Tips

Creative & Quirky Family Portrait Tips

Creative and Quirky Family Portrait Tips Family portraits are one of the most exciting areas of photography, as you never know what you’re going to encounter! Well, who wants regular family portraits these days? Here at iPhotography™ we love stretching boundaries, pushing limits and “getting funky with it”… as Dad would say. Brace yourselves, family portraits are about to be turned upside down and inside out! We are going to share some exciting tips and ideas with you, that will make your Nan so proud she’ll be sharing them with all her friends down at the bingo hall!! Are Family Portraits Important?  Family photos are a tradition that have existed for decades and will undoubtedly live on until the end of time; they are a treasured possession. Parents and grandparents all want timeless shots that stand the test of time and remind us of particular moments and events throughout our life journey – they are priceless, personal and more valuable to us than anything else we own or keep in our houses. Everyone in the world, and of any age, wants to stop time and snap those precious moments, whether that be at weddings, parties, birthdays or even personal intimate moments like pregnancy. Hats off to photographers who dedicate so much of their time to photograph and demonstrate how creative and inspiring a family portrait can be! To inspire you, we have put together some ideas to get the ball rolling. If you’ve never done a family or group portrait before don’t be intimidated or put off by the idea, just start off by working amongst your nearest and...
International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Celebrating ‘International Women’s Day’ in Photography International Women’s Day is March 8th and we want to help promote this great day by looking into how famous female photographers portray women. There are millions of women across the world who are still regarded as second class citizens, but progress is being made, slowly but surely. Even standing up and saying ‘this isn’t right!’ is a step in the right direction. It’s great to see women taking their rights seriously, but it’s also empowering to see women are not afraid to bring a sprinkle of ironic humour to the table at the same time. Before making any snap judgements on the imagery featured, please read through the full article; arm yourself with insiders’ knowledge, and then hopefully you’ll want to celebrate and appreciate National Women’s day along with iPhotography. Women’s rights and protests have been in the forefront of the news over recent months; everywhere we look we see “girl power”. International Women’s Day is a celebration of the economic, political, artistic and social achievements of women across the globe, and a pledge to fight gender inequality year on year. Today, we want to focus on most arguably one of the greatest and most controversial female photographers of our time… Ellen Von Unwerth Ellen von Unwerth is a photographer and director, specializing in erotic femininity. She was born in Germany in 1954, and after working as a fashion model for 10 years she decided to get her creative cap on and get behind the camera, putting the shoe on the other foot so to speak. Ellen has been lucky enough to work...
Valentine’s Day Photography Tips

Valentine’s Day Photography Tips

Intimate and Loving Couples Portraits With the most romantic day of the year upon us, Valentine’s Day is always a rush to find the perfect gift to say ‘I love you’ to your husband, wife or partner. But how about trying out something new on 14th February, and use your photographic skills to capture a romantic portrait of your beautiful partner, or even, the two of your together! There really is no gift as special or personal. Once you have those timeless, romantic photos in the palm of your hand – you’ll never be caught short of a gift to hand over for Valentines (which could get you out of some serious trouble in the future should you forget to buy a card, chocolates or flowers). Pictures of Love In order to shoot romantic or emotionally evoking images, you will need to have prepared beforehand, have lots of ideas ready and ensure any props you require are close to hand. Remember, romance can take on many forms and every couple has their own unique idea of what love is, or how it is represented; therefore, you may need to experiment with a few different styles, until you find one that is best suited and best portrays the couple in front of you. To help you get in the mood for love, iPhotography has put together a few tasteful tips to make sure Cupid’s arrow hits the right spot. Two’s Company, Threes a Crowd Couples photography is a very creative medium, whether you are taking pictures of yourself and your own partner, or you’re hired to take pictures of another couple....
Black and White Photography Tips & Tricks

Black and White Photography Tips & Tricks

Black and White Photography Tips & Tricks Many camera lovers adore black and white photography, and it is often thought of an upper-class style of imagery. It is, after all, the very root of modern photography and can make an image look classical and sophisticated. What Makes a Good Black and White Photograph? Capturing a strong, effective black and white image can be extremely satisfying. Great black and white photography relies heavily on a good understanding of tone, texture and contrast. Far from being boring, black and white images can be dramatic and emotive – if you know what you are doing! Before you start on a B&W adventure, you really need to appreciate and understand how tones in B&W work, compared to coloured images. This is because when you take a picture and convert all the colours into shades of grey, suddenly the lighting, tone, contrast, shape, and texture become the major striking elements. Of course, there are some subjects that work better in black and white than others, such as portraits and architecture.   Why these subjects though? Firstly, for portraits, black and white enhances emotion and feeling, the distracting colour is all stripped away, and it allows the audience to connect with the subject’s eyes, body and expression. With architectural photography, buildings demonstrate their best shape and form in black and white. Therefore, it can help us to see their strong structural lines in clear definition away from the background, providing you’ve positioned the camera correctly! Subjects such as flowers, food, close-ups and abstract photography don’t always work as well. There is a necessary level of colour...