I have a friend who takes amazing photographs.
His name is Ian Ruhter.
He has shot countless covers of snowboard magazine, his work has been displayed on billboards and in ads seen all over the world.
I've done make-up for him on shoots for Vans (shoes) and for Four Square.
He's taken some of my favorite pictures...
Sometimes his shoots are so crazy it doesn't seem real....
1. What kind of camera should I buy?
I always suggest using one that's very easy to use. At the end of the day, the camera doesn't take the picture, you do. (Ian suggested I get a simple camera like the Canon Rebel to use for my blogs...Might be a little better than my "iphone photography"...ha ha ha)
2. What is the best way to create a beautiful image?
The technical aspects of taking a picture isn't as important as you shooting from your heart. When they emotions are conveyed through the photograph, that's what makes it great.
3. What is the best lighting for photographs?
I like taking photos in the morning or at evening when the light is soft and warm.
And what the f-stop he's doing that no one's ever done before- he's so futuristic he had to go back in time! This is Ian and his a little somethin' somethin' on why he's making photographic history and what photography is missing these days:
vapid and much less inspiring, and therefore less fulfilling.
This all changed when I began working with a process that would take my art and my life in a new direction. Over the past 18 months I have been working with a nineteenth century process called wet plate collodion.This is one of the earliest forms of photography and it produces some of the truest images I have ever captured.This process has transformed my life and reinvigorated my passion for photography.
(Ian, looking like a "creative mad scientist" on his wet plates)Using wet plate collodion, my hand literally touches and oversees every step of the process. Each unique plate is a positive image captured in wet emulsion on a piece of metal or glass. I am now able to produce unique works of art, impossible to replicate, that express my true artistic vision and capture so eloquently the essence of my subjects.
The first photographer to suspend a subject in mid air was Eadweard Muybridge, and he did this using wet plate collodion. His famous images captured a horse galloping 40 feet per second, thus changing the way we see and understand the world forever.
rediscovered through the use of wet plate collodion.
You can meet Ian and see his project that will traveling the country- if you're in San Francisco this Saturday, go check out his gallery show and party at:
111 Minna Gallery, Dec 17th 9pm
PEEP THE DETAILS AND HIS FACEBOOK HERE.
Go say hi, and ladies, if you're single, so is he. ha ha ha He's gonna call me and make me delete this probably. Come on Ian, I'm just being a good friend and ladies love artsy guys! hee hee
huge hugs and let's make "what the f-stop" our new phrase instead of a cuss word, your kandee
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