Why You Should Shoot in Series

It’s been a while since I published something new on the blog. In part because after holidays I promised myself a short break from writing, and also in part because I was so busy on the business side. I haven’t been shooting as much lately, but when I do I have a total blast. A few weeks ago I spent three days shooting American Contemporary Ballet, the company with whom I spent the last two years capturing their rehearsals and performances. I’ve been thinking lot about writing on shooting in series and importance of that.I think this photo collection below …

Why I Bought Sony RX100 IV. Review and thoughts

There are many awesome cameras being released literally every few weeks now. It’s all revolutionary and we really are seing some major changes happening in the gear world. Often we do recognize that a certain camera is great, but does it have a space in our kit and does it make sense to may a certain amount of money for possibly your second or third camera? For many people RX100 IV is not the dream camera, there is a prime a7 line for that. I’m sorry I though give you a head up, I think of cameras these days primarily …

January Recap. Personal Shoots

After months of shooting a lot for work (EagleRider Motorcycles) and working with the “client editing preferences,” I am finally getting back to my main work. It felt very refreshing to go and shoot LAX again. Sony sent me 70-200 lens for a month, so now I am able to get back the distance that I had with Canon 70-300mm, which was my most used lens. You should’ve seen me jumping all around my spots where I shoot the aircrafts… I was so energized! I’m very happy with some of the new shots that I’ll be adding to the LAX series …

American Contemporary Ballet. Day 10

The night before I had to make a decision whether this series will be called 9 Day in Ballet or 10. Maybe it seems silly, but when you’re this exhausted and this is your last day off (supposedly) of the week, nothing is silly anymore. Today was the last day of the season and it also seemed a bit weird to leave the work unfinished. I pulled myself together, packed my gear, and headed to Wilshire Boulevard to have yet another great shooting day. The performances were scheduled to be right after lunchtime, so there was a lot of light …

American Contemporary Ballet. Day 9

Day two of the final performances for the season started off pretty well. I enjoyed being around the dancers and had more confidence about the new angles and interesting moments to capture during today’s two performances. Today felt more at ease and more in control. I knew there won’t be any problems with camera, my trusty 70-200 was on. The day promised to be full of action. By the middle of the second performance I was exhausted. That day I actually got some of my best performance shots. I could barely stand on my feet, but how could I complain …

American Contemporary Ballet. Day 8

This was the moment that everything was coming down to. The performances were about to begin and the performance area was buzzing with excitement just as upstairs everyone was getting ready to get on stage. I kept running up and down to get the action in both places. I felt more and more proud about where I was in that moment. Most of my other series don’t involve being so close to the action. I didn’t have to be a part of the production to capture the photos before. But today I was the crew. I was inside the action. …

American Contemporary Ballet. Day 7

The three hours of music rehearsals and costume sewing we’re coming up quickly and I headed to the performance location to do another shoot before the intense weekend of two performances for three days in a row. For me this meant working all weekend on top of everything else. We did two more runs of the full ballet and worked on some individual piece here and there. It’s amazing how out of the thirty minutes of ballet everyone can immediately understand which section is being rehearsed just by one single move or (5-6-7-8). I know nothing about ballet terms, but …

American Contemporary Ballet. Day 6

It was the final week of the season, the busiest one yet. It felt more like a marathon. On Monday we had the first music rehearsal. I was pretty pumped to have something new happening at the rehearsals. I started to get more familiar with the ballet that was being rehearsed. When you focus on your work, everything else gets much less attention and that day I realized that I barely hear the music. It was also that day that I got the insider feeling as if I know what’s happening around me and what is going to come next. …

American Contemporary Ballet. Day 5

Every part of a day in ballet is dedicated to specific elements. This season I had a chance to visit one of the lessons in the late morning. It’s the technical work full of repetition and perfection of individual moves. It’s quite interesting how different this practice was from the rest of the work that the ballet company does. I tired to focus on more of the group perspective, yet highlighting individual moments that I just could not miss. Enjoy the photos from day #5 in ballet. 

American Contemporary Ballet. Day 4

After a long week of work there is nothing better than to get away from daily life and go shoot. Today was a special ballet session with a practice performance in front of an audience. I rarely use light on my shoots, but today it just was a part of it and I enjoyed this change. As always I got captivated by the details and by the synched choreography of an almost finished ballet. With every ballet shoot it becomes more and more natural to be around constant motion and to focus on the key moments where everything just falls …

American Contemporary Ballet. Day 3

I recently made a switch to the new camera system. It’s been challenging, but I am growing much quicker as a photographer with my new equipment. I ordered a vintage Canon FD 85-300 mm lens and decided to give it a go with ballet. I am drawn to details and shapes and this lens was promising a great time of shooting. I used my 5 pound setup handheld and it’s was a long and exhausting workout. I’m pleased with what I got as the end result and I think this third time with American Contemporary Ballet is definitely a step …

American Contemporary Ballet. Day 2

Photographing ballet is more challenging than what it seems at the first glance. I spoke with Lincoln Jones, the director of American Contemporary Ballet about a month ago before my trip across America. I was pumped to get to work and excited that after the Shaper series ballet will be a breeze. Now I know how wrong I was. My favorite part about ballet photography is the challenge itself. For the first two times of photographing ballet practices I switched lenses more times than I’ve ever done in my entire life. It’s not easy to find the right look and …

American Contemporary Ballet. Day 1

The very first time I went to shoot ballet was only two months ago. Since then I had four shoot sessions where I came to rehearsals and shot behind the scenes. As with everything I do, nothing was staged. I find excitement in just looking for the moment and being good at mastering this skill of taking a photo in anticipation of the next move. The first photos were challenging and I knew it was going to be like that. You can never come in to a new subject or theme and immediately shoot all your masterpieces one after the other. …

LAX Series. April 2014 updates.

It has been a long time since I did any updates to the LAX series. I was very busy with other series and LAX was not as tempting as everything else I had in plans. In the recent months I decided to take some time and do the major update to the series. Since April, I have been finding new locations, new angles, and new favorite airlines. Now I cannot stop shooting planes and being more selective than ever before. Here is the first of the three updates.  

The Boardroom Show 2014 in Del Mar, CA

I started working on the Shapers series last year and in October of 2013 I went to my very first Boardroom Show. At that time I had only a few Shapers shoots under my belt and all I could do is throw out a few big names of the people who agreed to do a shoot with me in the next few weeks. I didn’t have much to show besides my work on the other series and I was completely new to the surfing/shaping world. It’s a pretty small circle of people and I really didn’t know how they will …