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Currently traveling in between hometown Antwerp (Belgium) and place of study Eindhoven (the Netherlands), I try to make as much time for photography as possible. Not having any photographic education, I build up my own view on photography by looking through books, watching movies, traveling, etc. Sensitivity for colors and light is something I most definitely got from studying design. In my work I try to capture emotions and beauty, mostly the raw and unrefined beauty of a girl.

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

I’ve always loved looking at photographs and when I was younger I used to collect my favorite images from magazines. But the actual idea of taking photographs myself only came about a year and a half ago. I started following some flickr profiles and they inspired me to try it out myself.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Right now it’s basically just a 35mm camera (canon FTB) and a 50mm lens.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Girls and their mesmerizing power when they look into a camera.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I haven’t done any payed gigs so that makes it quite easy. I’m in the luxury position of being a student with sweetheart parents who pay my rent. But I’m still naive enough to hope that in the future, I will get paid for doing the things I love most.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

Fashion, definitely fashion. I’m hoping to broaden my experience in that area in the time to come.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I never had a photography course so all I can do is follow my intuition. I judge images with my feeling, and try to find beauty in their flaws.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

These kind of questions really stress me, because I know I will come up with the perfect answer once I pressed the ‘send’ button. But I can tell you that I feel very intrigued by the beauty of boyish looking girls with really long hair.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

I have many, but at the moment I’m a tiny bit obsessed with volcanoes and mountains.

what’s your post production process?

Scanning my images. From time to time I crop an image, brighten it up a bit, or make it black and white. But that’s really it. I try to keep the images as pure and honest as possible, which is also why I prefer analog photography.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I don’t really care so much about the gear, I think I’d just get a good lens.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

I have tons. Mostly young photographers like Jeff Luker, Sophie van der Perre, Lina Scheynius and Wai Lin Tse, but I also really love the work of Mark Borthwick for instance.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

I don’t need to shine, as long as I can continue doing what I love most.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

I’m sort of one of them, aren’t I? But my tip would be: don’t be a sheep. Follow your own intuition and don’t try to become someone you’re not.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

Whilst scanning I prefer soft music, I’m always way too energetic and can never wait until I have all the pictures scanned, so I need the music to calm me down.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

Cute little cafés where I can have a coffee and a piece of pie. I hope to own one of those one day.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Chafra, which stands for ‘Charlotte and Francois sandwich’. It’s a range of sandwiches my boyfriend and I like to make (for instance ciabatta with salmon, rucola, olive oil, basil and Parmesan cheese) Embarrassing, right? But damn good!

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

What I like most about this photo is the atmosphere. It’s sweet but then it’s not. It’s intriguing in a way.

how about your favorite photo by another photographer?

The choice is killing me so I’ll just go for the last photo I saved on my computer which is this one by Annemarieke Van Drimmelen:

I love the feeling, the movement, how fragile and temporal it is.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

I haven’t turned pro but I hope I will one day and I hope it will only make my passion bigger and more genuine.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

No, but I really should get some sort of protection photography outfit. I always want to look nice and dress up but then I come back soaked, dirty or bruised. Often with ruined tights and broken shoes. (I do crazy things to get the right angle)

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

I’d say I’m a photography noob.

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

I’m a capricorn.

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Lina Scheynius


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Thinking about DIY Beauty Lights and what the better contender might be?

Photographer Ed McGowan was thinking that too. He faced off two of the more popular DIY beauty dishes: in the left corner, wearing blue shorts at feather weight, the Turkey Pan beauty dish. In the right corner, enforced by the elements, wearing red, the Terra Cotta bowl beauty dish.

Winner after the jump.

There is no KO in this match. Lets count the points:

Light – You can look at the images above or pixel peep in a big file here. The pan has bigger reflection area, so I was kinda expecting a bit softer light, yet, for me they look pretty similar.

Weight – winner is turkey pan by points. Not that I think that there are big points in weight. If the strobe can carry the dish, it doesn’t really matter.

Sturdiness – big points go to Terra Cotta. It is build better and thus will travel better and will pay off the crafty after noon for a longer time

Looks – well, the pan dish kinda looks like a championship belt, but if clients are around, the Terra Cotta looks more pro.

And the winner by points, according to Ed is “Terra Cotta bowl more…mainly because it looks better”.

What do you think? Which Beauty Dish do you like better? Sound off in the comments.

Featured comment by Lech: Terra Cotta rocks the pants off Turkey time! The color cast is one aspect for sure, but beyond that, there’s a whole gallon of deep frying oil more highlight coming off the subject shot by the plant dish. Her skin tones are warmer, the whites are whiter, and the complementary colors in the neckware really dance. More detail in shirt by a mile, and even look at the light in the jeans – much sweeter blues come out with the Terra. To me, it’s totally hands down – Terra over Turkey. I would consider amending your post even since after reading it, you didn’t do the comparison justice.

editor’s note: this post inspired by Randy and brought to you by our pals at


How many times have I wandered into a room and wondered what was it like right here, right where I’m standing, 50 years ago? 70 years ago? 100 years ago?

Somebody knows. Among the hundreds of millions of old photos crammed into shoe boxes and albums, somebody somewhere has an old photo of this very room.

Union Station, Washington, D.C. in 2009 and 1943. Original photo courtesy of Library of Congress (Jason Powell)

click here to read the full story by By Robert Krulwich on The Picture Show / NPR

amidst the photography section at the bookstore, we found ourselves talking iPhone Photo Apps with James.

There are gobs of these out there. So far, I’ve only used a handful, but there are some I quite like. And in many instances, you can mix and match your processing, running a photo through different apps’ effects to get it just so. Many will also upload the pictures to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, etc in-app as well.

I like the various filters and effects Camerabag and Lo-mob give you. The editing features of Snapture, PS Mobile, and Best Camera (there’s even a book of iPhone photos to go along with Best Camera) give you finer control over your images. Blendcam and PanoLab are more specialized applications — superimposed images and panoramas, respectively — but good fun just the same. My current favorite is Hipstamatic, with its goofy interface that lets you swap out various “lenses”, “films” and “flashes” to add different twists to your image.

That’s a small sampling of what’s out there, but its what I’ve been playing with. Some are free and some are available for a small fee. Regardless, they make the iPhone’s rather basic camera a much more fun photographer’s tool.

check out more of James’ work at his Flickr.

photo of Ange by James using an iPhone and the Hipstamatic App.

and speaking of iPhone pix, we’ve ordered and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the amazing new zine by AVS appropriately titled “Can You Hear Me Now?” And you should too!

Zine#4 by Allison V. Smith

Early on, we blogged about copyright protection and misappropriation of your photos in reference to online photo sharing sites such as flickr. Our guest blogger, Carissa Byers also touched on the topic.

Here is a resource on flickr itself for reporting and discussing the topic. They provide useful information to photographers about the value of their work and how to protect it. Shooting, licensing rights and other information pertinent to photography and the law are relevant. Join the group and stay informed..

Our fine friends over at Photojojo showed us this neat idea from Captin Nod

Coaxing together some duct tape, cardboard, and a disassembled laser, lens-hacker Bhautik Joshi presided over the marriage of a big fat SLR lens and an iPhone.

Despite looking a bit like a hippo riding a skateboard, the “Phone-O-Scope” yields an attractive mix of low-fi digital grain and classy SLR-style depth of field.

Even better: it’ll work on any cameraphone.

Next up: attaching a telephone booth to a point-and-shoot.

How to Attach an SLR Lens to Your Cameraphone

Try it out and stick your results in our Flickr Pool, we’ll post our favorites here next week.

p.s. Today’s Photojojo brought to you by our pals at Animoto. We loved their automatic, pro-quality animated slideshows two years ago. They’ve come a long way.

city sky_Alex LaBarba

By Alex LaBarba

click here to view original photo on flickr

Don’t forget to submit your images to our Flickr Photo Pool to be considered for our daily pix!

We’ll see you there.

Rhett Miller by Jason Janik

Rhett Miller by Jason Janik

As part of the Cystic Fibrosis Concert Series benefiting the CFF next month, we’re going to see Rhett at the Granada and offering FIVE lucky readers a chance to come along for the ride.
This show will feature cool stuff signed by Rhett up for auction and raffle (including three Jason Janik original prints, one of which is pictured above).
You want some of this?
Simply post an original image, (taken by YOU of course) of a show you attended, an onstage musical performance, your favorite band or solo act to our Flickr Group Photo Pool and be sure to put “Rhett Miller CF Concert” in the tags, description and title.
But hurry up will ya? The contest DEADLINE is midnight on November 4th.
On the 6th of November, we’ll post our five faves here on the blog and announce the winners who will each receive a pair of tickets to see the show with us at the Granada on November 14th!
Are you EXCITED yet?
*please don’t play unless you’re available to attend the show.
Now get out there and start shooting local music!
Supporting Local Music with Photographs Forever,
Ange&Andrea (&Jason)

Go on, Sonia, I dare you., originally uploaded by Decrepit Telephone.

Last month the New York Times ran an article entitled “Flickr as an Interior Decorating Tool.”  Author Sonia Zjawinski says of the popular photo site Flickr,

“…I’ve often found stunning photographs, so much so I’ve gotten in the habit of printing faves out and framing them. If a user offers the original resolution for download, don’t let that go to waste. Download, print, frame!”

This advice garnered three updates, a comments closed and a follow up article, “Are Flickr Photos Fair Game for Home Printing?

Because, Really? I mean, Really?!

Now, before you run off to the ever growing population of paranoid and hysterical web users, understand that the internet is a beautiful place full of beautiful people and art.  Most of us don’t even need a federally mandated law to give accurate and appropriate credit where it’s due!

But the internet isn’t so different from the real world.  Know your rights.  My flickr photos are “all rights reserved.” My account is set so that no one is allowed to download or print any of my photos.  My professional contracts outline how both I and my clients are allowed to use the work I create.

The United States Copyright Office offers lots of help as well as this  great video. (*wink)  Creative Commons is also a valuable resource if you want to share your work and have it used legally.

I searched for the New York Times author on flickr and discovered a fantastic virtual protest.  I blogged one of the photos I found here.  With credit and a link back.

People are arguing against Sonia on so many levels I can’t keep up.   To put things in perspective for myself I take out the digital part.  What if I came across an album in your house and found a photo that I thought would go really well with my new curtains?  What if I took that photo home without asking, framed it and hung it on the wall.  Is that stealing?

Yes. Yes it is.

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