Articles by Andrei Calangiu

Light in the Darkroom

I love the smell of coffee in the morning, the smell of freshly baked bread, the smell of citrus, the smell of the ocean. Same as most of us, I guess.I also love the smell of fixer and whenever I get that pungent vinegarish pinch in my nose, I feel like I'm time-travelling back to my early days as a photographer, some twenty years ago, straight into the magic red room, the mysterious darkroom, a special place full of wonderful memories.      The feeling I get when I develop a... continue reading

Superstar of the Woods

 I believe we can all agree that the Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria) is, by far, the most recognizable mushroom in the world. It is the Poster-boy for trouble, the Icon for poisonous mushrooms.However, not many people know that it's widely consumed throughout the northern hemisphere, especially in northern Europe and Asia. A simple 30 minute parboiling turns this unmistakable red warning sign into a delicious food.So why is it that a perfectly edible mushroom is the cover face for the bad... continue reading

Fresh Five

I have recently got my eyes stuck, like really stuck on some amazing images, you know, those pics that you're not just browsing through, saying "Oh, how nice", but get to carry them along with you, even tell friends about, later on that day, and show them to people like you're bragging about some gem you and only you discovered.So, in-spite the obvious difficulty of settling down to just five names for this first list, out of a whole lot, I'll briefly highlight my first gems:Maxim Lupascu... continue reading

Models and context - natural interaction

As many of us know, working with models can be a real challenge when it comes to the visual result of your concept. It's both a challenge for the photographer and the model and the key to the best result is communication between the two parties. Be friends with your models, know them, be relaxed and play.That being said, after searching for imagery of people involved in different activities, I noticed there are two major types of model expression: models looking at the camera while involved in... continue reading

Object Photography Basics

This brief guide focuses on pointing out some tips for the photo enthusiasts out there who want to get profficient in object photography.The key feature of this topic is Lighting.There are two main object photography scenarios: isolated objects and objects in specific context. Lighting sets for each of these can vary a lot, from a single lightsource to complex sets involving multiple lightsources and various backgrounds.We'll focus more on the first scenario, namely objects... continue reading

Similarity - thin line between smart and excessive, or how less can mean more

As we all know, the ever-growing database reached a point where each serious contributor must analyse his/her portfolio and see what sells and what doesn't. We wanted to get Big and we got Big together, offering a vast variety of quality imagery. Let's finetune now and be more selective as to get the best download per image ratio, as well as the best time per download.There are a lot of benefits from being selective, I'll just name a few:-It is better to have a level 5 image... continue reading

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