Archive for ‘Interesting Links & ideas’

March 28, 2014

Imaginative Fashion Photography Workshop

by Suzy Walker-Toye


Last weekend I caught a couple of days of the Miss Aniela – Imaginative Fashion Photography workshop on creative live. I like to see her finished work on Facebook or flickr so this chance to see behind the scenes was fascinating.

It was a 3 day course in which the Miss Aniela team did two fashion shoots live online and walked you through the process from beginning to end. The first, the lowfi shoot, was with modest equipment, lighting and model, the other, the hifi shoot, was an all-out experience with a whole production team collaborating. I found it really interesting the amount of creative input the other members of the team have after the initial idea of a shoot has been posited.

Miss Aniela comes in with mood-boards (more about these later) and the ideas for the shoot evolve from the location, the design of the dress, the direction of the hair & make up and the backstory that everyone on the shoot has in mind. After the shoot Miss Aniela takes the photos into photoshop and decides what artistic direction to take them in that fits in with the original photo (whether simple post process of the look & tone of the image or an all out surrealistic do over). She often pulls in other photos of objects & locations she’s photographed at other times (such as the sea in the above promo image), she sometimes brings in parts from old paintings (after checking that the they are old enough for the copyright to have expired of course).

She also talks about inspiration and where we take inspiration from. This is an iPhone screen grab of one of her slides from this segment where she just lists out some of hers:


Its interesting to note how most of those are not other photographers but actually outside the photography discipline altogether. I think it might be an interesting exercise to have a think about what mine would be when paired right down to a list like that.

In the same segment she goes onto to introduce the concepts of mood boards as the “physical version of the papier mache of inspirations”. They can give us a clearer view of the direction we might want to take a particular project is. I think this is what many creative people use pinterest for. This is another screen grab where images on the left are the mood board and images on the right are the resulting images from Miss Aniela.


Moodbaords essentially help you communicate with others your intentions of the shoot and make everyone aware of the inspirations. Also, when combined with the pitch document you might par pare for a client they help keep your aims real & motivated.

Overal I found this course interesting & inspiring. You can of course buy the download version if it here.

December 29, 2012

Photographer Josef Fischnaller reenacts the “Old Master Paintings”

by Suzy Walker-Toye

Following on from thing about the seduced by art exhibition – this caught my eye:

Austrian-born Josef Fischnaller takes pictures of scenes from old paintings with a modern twist. One of his favorite artists to be inspired by is the Italian painter Caravaggio.

Josef Fishnaller´s website: here.

Watch on youtube directly: here.

December 10, 2012

Weaving narratives in Museums and Galleries

by Suzy Walker-Toye

I watched this on thursday and have been meaning to find it online a post a link to it ( I was actually thinking quite a lot about it throughout the study visit too). Its a really interesting talk on the role museums and galleries play…

Thomas P. Campbell: Weaving narratives in museum galleries

As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories. With glorious images, he shows how his curation philosophy works for displaying medieval tapestries—and for the over-the-top fashion/art of Alexander McQueen. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Yet another really interesting TED talks. You should subscribe to the post casts if you dont already.

November 18, 2012

What is conceptual photography?

by Suzy Walker-Toye

I picked this up on twitter and really enjoyed watching these three videos, I hope you find them interesting too.






June 7, 2012


by Suzy Walker-Toye

I watch a lot of podcast videos and videos online. I’ll list them here for now:


TED talks. David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence.


Google Hangout with 5 underwater photographers

very gear focused chat between 5 photographers but interesting to watch the first live google hangout by wetpixel.

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