For those who need inspiration

I watched an episode on Discovery Channel some time back and it was about a photographer out to photograph tribal folk and culture in Ethiopia as the tribe was close to being wiped out, with modernisation threatening its existence. While my people images stand nowhere around his, his portfolio really makes me want to photograph life of people like that. It takes a lot of effort to make people comfortable for shots like this. There are so many shots where it seems like the photographer is being ignored, but I want photos to tell the tale better. In a more natural and influential way.

Link to this inspiring photographer's portfolio: Joey L Photography, website (, if you want to remember) and some viewers may find the contents of the portfolio offensive, it contains images of tribal folk, different from what we see every day.

Some of my photos after watching his shows are below. You can order DVDs of the show I guess, for around $30 from somewhere on the site. It is a really inspiring one for travel photographers. :)

Any suggestions and views on my photos? I am not good at all compared to professionals, but then I have no additional lighting source except a high power on-camera flash unit. Suggestions welcome from everyone!

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July 23, 2013


The photos are so impressive!!! Thank you very much for sharing with us!!

July 19, 2013


Good work!Thank you for sharing!

July 19, 2013


great shots! thanks for sharing.

July 19, 2013


To take pictures that good, at that age, you have to be a major workaholic, master promoter salesman and artist/technician. Few people have all those qualities. That's why he is where is is doing the things he wants to do. He also uses pretty sophisticated lighting techniques for his "posed" shots. Give him a call and tell him you want to be is assistant!

July 18, 2013


I like these images and I think that the best way to capure real events like these is to utilise the natural light. One can be more or less fortunate in relation to natural light conditions, but I personally would not use an additional lighting except flash unit.

July 18, 2013


Great inspiration, thank you! Joey L is really amazing, he's only 23, and started entering comps at 15 with a point and shoot, he now uses phase one cameras and has been around the world. When you have passion and commitment.....
Your pics are great for documenting events. I see a lot of Joey L's photos are controlled (on the quick portfolio link), so more time to work with the people. I guess starting with people around you, family friends etc will help (these people are usually willing to sit for hours while you tweak equipment :) Also, in a controlled environment, you can play more with lighting, and even if you don't have the fancy lighting, you can be creative with natural lighting and home/diy lighting.

July 17, 2013


Your photos are amazing. thanks for sharing.

July 17, 2013


Good to know, thanks.

July 17, 2013


I love these photos. I think you captured the event really well. Good job!

July 17, 2013


Oh, thanks for referring to the Discovery Channel docu on Ethiopia :). It is one of my favorite destinations and I have some pictures on Ethiopian Christian culture in my portfolio, mostly more North in Ethiopia than where Joeyl was taking pictures, which are inspiring indeed.[imgr][/imgr] I hope to process some Indian ones in the near future for upload here.

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