Patrick La Roque - Round 8. Storytelling Photography

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Your Judge For The Eighth Round Of The 53mm 12x53 Photo Of The Month Competition Is none other than Fujifilm x-photographer, Kage Collective member and Storytelling expert, Patrick La Roque. The Advice That Follows About Taking Successful storytelling Photographs Is, by admission, Following on from the stellar advice submitted by Fellow X-Photographer, Stephan Geyer in the documentary round. this is due to the very nature that both Stephan's and Patrick's Chosen fields in image making run almost parallel to one another. the tips that are added, not only embody Patrick's wonderfully Eloquent literary thread to them, but also includes his spin on the emotive nature that storytelling Photography asks of the photographer. Like Documentary photography, feeling the shot rather than preoccupying Oneself in the genre is the key for this round. If you are familiar with Patricks words and pictures, then you will really appreciate the support he Offers and looking at the images from His X-pert 53 interview for inspiration, one can get a gist of what he is looking for. This will be a very Special round indeed.

Try and take on board as much of the expert counsel as you can, because as far as this is guidance it might well be what Patrick will be looking for in his winning shot too.

When Iain contacted me to judge this month's contest, he sent me a link to Stephan Geyer's page from last year (round 4). As I read through his tips and recommendations, all I could do was Seriously, everything he writes in that post is spot on as far as I'm concerned. So first off I'd say go and read Stephan's words again. Yes, I'm being lazy ;)
I would also add to let go and not obsess on the word storytelling. Images, by their very nature, will be evocative if we allow them to exist fully, without attempting to constrain the subject too much. A picture is enriched by layers, interactions and even interference—because this is what we see every single day. We exist within confusion and expect life to be messy; it's only natural for our visual interpretation to follow along. Don't strive for perfection—technical or otherwise—but look for an emotional impulse. Images connect when they stir something within us and we can achieve this through beauty, order or chaos. There are no rules.
I'm honoured to be your judge for this round and ready to see this world through your eyes. Here we go :) 

Eivind Røhne - Round 9. Fashion Photography

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Your Judge For The Ninth Round Of The 53mm 12x53 Photo Of The Month Competition is the Inspired Fujifilm X-Photographer Eivind Røhne. Not Only Does Eivind Submit some amazing Advice About Taking Successful Fashion Photographs, But he also guides you to explore some master fashion Photographers to help you with your entries too. It Is An Inspired account On What Successful fashion Photography Is And who shoots it best. I would also like to reiterate how valuable it would be for you to also study Eivind's work too, because i didn't ask Him to oversee this round for no reason. His fashion photography is very inspirational. a good place to start would be his x-pert 53 interview. There you will also find a link to his fabulous website too.

Try and take on board as much of the expert counsel as you can, because as far as this is guidance, it might well be what Eivind will be looking for in his winning shot too. Or what he would like to perceive from your shot. 

Hi folks!

I'm so honored and thrilled to get be the judge of the fashion round in the 12x53 competition. I mean, what category could even get close to having so many true masters of photography in it?! People that have gone down in history as great artists, and they have done so by creating images that are glued to our minds.

Fashion photography is one of my absolute genres of photography. Not because it's about the beauty of things, but because it's a genre that has constantly been pushing the whole game of photography forward, ever since the birth of photography.

When I look for inspiration in general, I let myself drift into the wonderful worlds of fashion photographers like Mario Testino, Irving Penn, Steven Meisel and the surrealism of David LaChapelle. And I just cannot help but get a true energy kick when I see images produced by people like Nick Knight, Horst P Horst, Patrick Demarchelier and David Bailey. And throw in a couple of guys like Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton, and you have a bunch of people that seems almost untouchable.

These photographers are some of the greatest in the history. Not only in their genre, but in general. They have shaped how we see fashion in so many ways, and their work can teach us so much about photography. From the elaborate setups of LaChapelle, to the basic and extremely simple approaches used by Helmut Newton. I mean, he created a timeless masterpiece by simply photographing Vibeke Knudsen outside his studio at night in Rue Aubriot, with nothing more than a camera and some light from a lamppost! How's that for a good story and a healthy dose of inspiration?!

So if you haven't already, take a thorough look at the works of these masters of photography, or any others that may be your personal favourites. In many of these historical masterpieces you can almost feel the connection between the model and the photographer. See how they play with light, shapes, tones and colors. Or the lack of them. Study how they use locations and props, and see how they create the mood. And see how they brake the rules!

If you're a YouTuber like me, check out the series Rankin did for BBC called, "7 images that changed fashion photography". You might enjoy it!

Can't wait to see all your images coming in during April, so keep me happy, busy, intrigued and inspired!


Eivind Rohne


Rinzi Ruiz - Round 5. Street Photography

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Your Judge For The fifth Round Of our monthly Competition, rinzi ruiz, Has Kindly Submitted Some Much Valued insights into Taking Successful street Photographs. this is a genre many of you may already be au fait with, so his advice cuts to the 'nitty-gritty' and speaks of the sorts of things that he will be looking for in his winning shot.

Here are a few tips:
1. Observe the quality of light you're working with.
2. Try new angles and levels with framing your shot.
3. Take a few deep breaths to relax, open your mind and help you focus and observe people.
4. When using wide prime lenses, take a step or two forward.

Sven Schroeter - Round 11. Travel Photography

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In preparation for the eleventh Round Of The 12x53 Photo Of The Month Competitions, Your Judge, Sven Schroeter Has Kindly Submitted Some Much Valued Advice About Taking Successful Travel Photographs.

Try and take on board as much of the expert counsel as you can, because as far as this is guidance it might well be what Sven will be looking for in his winning shot too.

Hi all, great to be here and to be given the opportunity to give back to the greater photography community which helped me ask the right questions about my own work and shape my focus.

First and foremost, before we get to the topic of travel photography, lets remind ourselves about the importance of being our own artists. With endless streams of great content being created daily, it is easy to fall in line and take inspiration too literally from social spaces and reproduce content. A point especially relevant to travel and adventure photography (genres which are presently very popular), remember to keep it original and ask yourself how you can do it differently. Don't be better, be different.

Travel is expensive, money is a finite resource, and in my opinion you cant afford to hit the ground blind. Especially if you want to go beyond the postcard photograph of an iconic location. Knowledge is power and even a small amount of research leading up to your departure will arm you with the confidence to execute an original perspective. The clearer your direction before departing, the more focused your body of work will be when you sit behind the computer back home trying to make sense of it all.

Give your senses time to settle upon arriving at a new destination. And depending on the degree of cultural differences to your home town, this process can take a few days. The assault on the senses is the fun part of travel, but also a creative distraction, and depending on your personality type this can be a good or bad thing.

The greatest currency when traveling is your smile (especially when you are battling a language barrier), its hard to say ‘NO!’ to someone smiling. So wear your smile proudly and you might be surprised how may unexpected doors open.

But most of all, have FUN, let loose and don't let the stress of creation tear apart your trip. If you are not looking to bank a cheque at the end of it all, wear your smile with pride and be open to the experience.

Show me something new and expected, this month originality will be rewarded. I am excited to see what you have chosen to place in-front of your camera and your perspective on the developing world around us.

Sven Schröter

Namour Filho - Round 10 Lifestyle Photography

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To help prepare you For The 10th Round Of The 12x53 Photo Of The Month Competition, Which This Month Focuses On Lifestyle photography, Your Judge Namour filho Has Kindly Submitted Some great Advice About Taking Successful lifestyle Photographs. pay heed as they could really help raise Your 12x53 game!

Try and take on board as much of the expert counsel as you can, because as far as this is guidance it might well be what Namour will be looking for in his winning shot too.

Hello folks
First of all it a pleasure to be part of this team. This initiative is superb.
My tips for you are simple:
- Follow the light, good light is 50% of a good image;
- Better images come with a message. This message can be a tip, can help someone or make any change;
- People are the best theme, a good expression is everything;
- Don't be shy. Try to create any connection with the subject;
- Do the first shot, than look again and always try a new and different angle
I hope to see very good stuff.
Namour Filho

Nathan Elson - Round 6 Environmental Portraiture

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In Preparation For the 6th Round of the 12x53 Photo Of The Month Competition, which this month focuses on environmental Portraiture, Your Judge Nathan Elson Has Kindly Submitted Some Much Valued Advice About Taking Successful environmental Portrait Photographs. We couldn't have had Anyone better for this round and a great way to start 2017 for 53mm.

Try and take on board as much of the expert counsel as you can, because as far as this is guidance it might well be what Nathan will be looking for in his winning shot too.

Hey Everyone!
I'm excited to be a part of everyone's kick off to 2017.
As someone who's work is 99% portrait based, I love the challenge of trying to tell an entire story within one frame of an environmental portrait.
When shooting environmental portraits there are a few things that I like to do:
·      Walk the location - Anytime I arrive at a location I spend the first 10 minutes walking around, framing up possible shots to see what is working best and what would tell the most story. Depending on the location, the lighting can change dramatically over the course of a shoot, so pay attention to where the light should be falling at certain times of the day, and use that to your advantage.

·      Frame within a frame - I'm a huge fan of using the shapes within any given environment to frame my subject within the photo. It helps to tie the subject into the environment.

·      Light with purpose - Lighting can make or break an environmental portrait. Too much light and the subject doesn't tie in well with their environment, too little light and you lose the 'pop'.
I'm looking forward to seeing all of the entries. Let's kick 2017 off with a bang.

Elke Vogelsang - Round 7. Pet Photography

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To prepare you All for the seventh round Of The 12x53 Photo Of The Month Competitions, Your Judge, Elke Vogelsang Has Kindly Submitted Some Much Valued Advice About Taking Successful pet Photographs.

Try and take on board as much of the expert counsel as you can, because as far as this is guidance it might well be what Elke will be looking for in her winning shot too.

Hi everybody,
So, this contest is all about pet photography. I’m very honored to be chosen as a judge for this and looking forward to your entries. Here are some tips and tricks on how to shoot pets.
Go down on eye-level with your subject. It just makes the picture so much more intriguing and emotional. Any perspective that is different from our usual is more interesting, but being on the same level with the pet (or even slightly below) grabs the viewer’s attention in a special way.
If you take pictures of a pet in action, choose a fast shutter speed, e.g. at least 1/1000th of a second, to freeze the action. Furthermore, use burst mode and continuous focussing. 
Even for a portrait I use continuous focussing to make up for any movement of the pet.  I want the eyes to be as sharp as possible.
Be patient. Don’t hassle the pet for a picture. Most pets are easily motivated by treats or toys. Make sure it’s fun for you and your model. Think of it as bonding time and entertainment for the both of you.
If necessary, get an assistant to help you to make sure you are able to get candid pictures.
Think about what makes your pet special and how you could capture this in a picture? Try to document personality and emotion.
Try to come up with a new idea, a different approach. Limit yourself to be more creative. There are so many pet pictures out there. It’s hard to stick out of the crowd. Break the rules. 
Looking forward to your entries!