Friday, November 13, 2015

Portraiture Shooting with Anthony Mendoza Barlan

Last Saturday I had a rare chance to join in an outdoor model shooting workshop, which was conducted by an up and coming local photographer, Anthony Mendoza Barlan. Anthony specializes in shooting artistic beautiful portraits of model, usually conceptual and abstract in nature. The workshop was a paid workshop, and there were about 20 participants. I did not come in as a workshop participant though, I was actually there to help out a friend, KS Du, with a task to shoot behind the scenes images of the entire workshop. 

It was a blast being able to move around freely and document the event, and at the same time, I managed to steal some quick frames for myself. 






All images were taken with Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 on PEN E-P5. 

Looking at the images above, they were almost straight out of the camera, with minor post-processing. Yes, I know those are probably not good portrait shots, and I have plenty to improve and learn. Technically, I was not shooting at the best positions as I did my best not get in the way of the participants and only shot from a distance using the Olympus 45mm F1.8. The participants were recommended to use wider angle lenses to cover more of the beautiful background (I decided not to, to stay behind and not interfere with the workshop). Further to that, there were external flash with softboxes set up for use, which would have created more dramatic outcome. I shot all the above shots with only available light. 

Photography Workshop organized and conducted by Anthony Mendoza Barlan 
Official fashion Designer, Hair and Make Up Artist: Hilde Marie Johansen (Scandinavian Make Up Academy)
Models: Diana and Anna (in the above photographs).

This was the original promotional visual for the workshop:



It was an eye opening experiece for me and certainly very new to me. As I have told my friend, KS Du, it was as if I was stepping into another planet, everything felt so alien to me. Observation and learning were something I did and it is a good thing to expose myself to different genres of photography. Anthony was doing a great job directing the models as they pose for shots, and coordinating the whole event. Believe me, it was no easy task to take care of so many people! On top of the participants, there were make up artists, the lighting crew, video production crew, etc.

It was a lot of fun, and surely something refreshing to me, to both be able to witness, and shoot a little bit of something I do not usually do. 

The following are the images of behind the scenes from the workshop.

The star of the day, Anthony




One for the album

The rest of the photos from BTS are as follows, click on the thumbnails to enlarge them. 

 


I am hoping to explore more different aspects of photography! Dare to move out of comfort zone and experience different perspectives.

15 comments :

  1. Looks like a great workshop! Exotic models and location! Don't know about that mid day light though. Looks like you found some shade for your model shots .... nice even light. Don't talk down your shots. I think they are quite nice, and would be the envy of most.

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    1. Hey Barry, it was surely mid day, but there are times clouds were passing by, and we had brief moments of "shade". And I attacked within those short windows of opportunity. You can refer to the BTS shots, mostly out in the open.

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    1. If you want someone to take you seriously you need to at least have a name. Hiding behind an "unknown" and comment, sorry no one is going to listen to you.

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    2. I have to agree with "unknown" on this one, the makeup and light are off-putting.

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    3. Dennis,
      My task/job was to shoot behind the scenes images. I did not spend much effort and time in shooting the model. There was flash/diffuser setup FOR BETTER LIGHT which I did not use. I was not a participant of the workshop, I did not want to get in the way of the participating photographers (who paid). I STOLE some frames in between takes, when I saw the opportunity.
      Would you rather I NOT show the portrait shots? I had no control of the make up, or lighting. It was NOT my workshop, it was NOT my session. I was documenting the behind the scenes of the event.
      The model shoot was a conceptual shoot. In fact, shoots like these almost guarantees photos that can win awards. That is why such workshops are so popular. And this workshop was conducted by award winning photographer, Anthony Barlan.

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  4. This Anthony guy [hero of the event and the day ] appears to be a SONY guy ....!:)

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    1. In this kind of photography brand does not really matter. We use whatever camera that we like.

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  5. Certainly ..as you say ..:):)
    over the years you have amply showed so ...I could not make out an iota of difference between the images generated between the different brands that you have used and blogged about except the outstanding skin rendering in the Oly bodies ....... ...
    I simply chanced to notice that the hero weilded a A6000..thats all ...:)
    regards

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    1. Oh it was not A6000. It was A7R. And Anthony is NOT a Sony guy.

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  6. Yes robin is correct im not a sony guy im just user...in this workshop we use different kind of cameras... our aim is to to learn and to get amazing creative portraits...

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  7. I am always impressed how nicely sharpened your pictures are and would love to know how you resize and sharpen pictures for the web?

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