Top Photographers Blog by James Nader - Silvergumtype
A Photographers blog that educates and gives a brief insight into the world of Photography and Production within the Creative Industries.
Hello, my name is James Nader, a Fashion, Advertising and Portrait Photographer from the UK. This is my own blog/magazine where I share my work and creative process and that of other creatives. I feature those photographers and creatives who have piqued my interest online. Silvergumtype is fast becoming a platform for photographers and creatives worldwide to showcase their work, including articles, a selection of real-life behind the scenes photography moments, and an increasing selection of photography articles for a photographer and others to enjoy.
A Collaboration with a model can be a blessing for photographers. Sometimes it’s perfect to try out new ideas and share your creativity and work on a project that everyone can benefit from. I met up with Natasha and Pete on the Fylde Coast at Lytham Pier and then onto Blackpool. I tried out both cameras and found some interesting shots along the way.
For me, there are many reasons not to give our any raw files unless my usage or buyouts cover this and to be honest, this is a rarity these days. I can safely say that I have only done this once and for a big high street company for whom I had previously shot the campaign and was paid for. It was for one just image, and they paid handsomely for the file
I get direct emails regularly, often every week, especially at the end of term two in year three. The requests are from graduates or assistants who wish to assist me and then tag on their CV when reaching out to me. It’s perfectly ok to ask like this, but for me, it’s so crucial that you suggest in your message exactly how you can help and assist the Photographer.
This month I wanted to feature four standard lighting setups that I use on a regular basis. This is lighting which I often use for portraiture and my location fashion photography(as well as one not so typical lighting setup). These setups will add confidence to your photography technique. You can add them to your repertoire, which helps you create unique, dynamic portraits and fashion work.
Photography NFTs are gathering pace. Money is being made in the NFT World and the likes of celebrities and football teams are collaborating to create their own and jump in feet first. I am not sure how this is all going to end but if Gary V is on board then it must be right! I have been pulling together various pictures. This previous post features a couple which has drawn interest via Twitter.
It was tricky to create a mood board in the past and that was purely because there just wasn’t the chance to do this. there was no online in those days. The best option was to do a few days recce at the location and then use POLAROIDS to document it. I would then stick these polaroids into a book and then run through them with the client,
Her creative path started with liquid pigments and a brush, but her way led her away from painting as life so often does. Claiming space for her creative practice. Gemmy tells a story through the use of lines, light, colour and the contrast between them”. Guided by intuition and an obsession to create, moving liquid pigments on a canvas.
We ask her about her work
Germán’s work shows a superb balance of colour, fantastic skin textures and the ability to mix its content into marvellous artistic interpretations. Contemporary incarnations of surrealistic fantasy are similar to that of Dali. Because of the language barrier, we have kept the interview concise and used Google translate to get the full article.
Jillian Lee has a knack for creating a slightly surrealistic tone within her work, with rich tones and manipulations which capture your attention. I love the ease with which she asks the viewer to take her journey through the lens. I did this and found myself wrapped up in the sumptuous colours and compositions evident in this selection.
An art buyer, creative producer working with direct clients, agencies and art directors creating content for websites, social media channels, advertising campaigns. John has a background that spans both photography and advertising. Having spent time as a Creative Services Director, Art Buyer and Stills Producer within a large agency,
An elevator pitch is a conversation between you and another person when they ask what do you do? Not necessarily in a lift or elevator! To visualise this the best way, imagine you are in a lift travelling between floors and the person next to you asks the question.
Perfect Your Elevator Pitch
Can you make money in Fashion Photography? I get asked this question so many times. It’s a tricky answer which a few years ago was really simple to answer. With the explosion of social media, especially Instagram and TikTok, Photographers, find it increasingly difficult to find work out there. We think there are still ways you can..
An updated version of this informative PDF helps photographers think about bringing about a change in their business. In a concise and practical guide which is free to download. Keeping your head above water in business as a photographer today is challenging. Any person can walk into a camera shop and walk out with a kit for a very reasonable amount and next they are a photographer.
Presenting your work to a potential client is essential to winning business, however more and more presentations are online and although having a website is excellent, sharing your work in this way can be a great asset. They can download and retain the information and even share it with others in their team.
TECH CRUNCH - MY LITTLE BIT OF TECH
This little section is an infant right now but over time I will begin to feature items of kit and Items I find interesting in the photography tech arena. Not RSS content but the gear I like even if I don’t already have it in my kit arsenal.
These little lights a fabulous to carry around in your kit bag and they are so powerful for a unit which is so small. I have a few of these and carry them around even if I am using flash lighting. The unit has bi colour and a powerful output which is controllable. Perfect for inside or outdoor work if the light is fading.
The Shure MV7 is a lovely piece of kit. I purchased this really for my mobile podcasting which is just a thought but also for my YouTube channel to produce quality sound. I used it in this Podcast with “That Icelandic Guy” who interviewed me for his own podcast. The sound is superb and the Shure MV7 is extremely easy to use.
Top reasons why photographers should become directors
From nowhere to somewhere - Matt Richardson with Fletcher Cowan.
Photographers should add Video Directing and Producing to their portfolio for sure. Now is the right time to add to your portfolio the ability to direct, shoot and edit video for yourself or even for brands, after all. I made the leap f faith and jumped right into the deep end by shooting 6 TV shorts for presenter and actor and E – Entertainment Host, Fletcher Cowan. You can too by learning the ropes right now. See more of the story.
Not always the best idea to admit to some types of work - it all means something - My show debut for Channel Four over ten Years Ago
A while ago and just after leaving my agency to pursue my photography career, work was not always as it is now. Yes I too started working from the bottom up and had to take what was going in the early days. I worked for 7 episodes of the infamous TV show called How to Look Good Naked and worked alongside host Gok Wan. Follow the link to see more of the work. The challenge was light and form plus being in front of the TV cameras.
A Photographers Journal - Posts
Angelica’s styling demonstrates that quirky edge appeal which I love and although working on campaigns internationally she manages to indulge in some fabulously eccentric imagery which piqued my interest. Some of Angelica’s avantgarde themes have a subtly brash and outspoken.
A sense of freedom and expression in her work and the unconstrained look to her photographs which to the eye, is refreshing and more so as her images capture the essence of beauty with strong, rich blacks and warm mid-tones reminiscent of the great Agfa papers I used to work within the darkroom.
Kieron Beard – The Englishman abroad
Kieron is a British photographer who has been living in France and working in Switzerland since 1998. It only took a decade at the fire brigade, multiple environmental science degrees and a dozen accounting jobs for me to realise photography was probably alright.
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