DON'T MISS: Italian conceptual portrait photographer Sara Lando is coming to the US to teach in Atlanta (8/16) and Baltimore (8/23). Highly recommended.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ambush Street Studio



Cool street shooting video from French photographer Philippe Echaroux of his pop-up location studio and an array of impromptu subjects.

You pretty much need an entourage to do this, but I love the idea of a background-on-a-stick. Totally gonna steal that one, Philippe...
(Via ISO 1200)


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22 Comments:

Blogger Rick McQuinlan said...

JoeyL did something similar a few years ago in his "Halloween in Brooklyn" series - http://www.joeyl.com/2010/11/halloween-in-brooklyn-behind-the-scenes-info/

November 25, 2012 7:31 PM  
Blogger Joel Krahn said...

That first image of the smoking guy is ridiculously awesome. I've tried something similar by myself with a speedlite on a monopod. But this, this is killer.

November 26, 2012 1:03 AM  
Blogger Joel Krahn said...

That first image with the smoking guy is ridiculously amazing. I've tried a similar thing, though just with myself and a beauty dish on a monopod which works to a degree. An entourage would be fun. Killer series!

November 26, 2012 1:07 AM  
Blogger peeker said...

Love it!
Two upgrades on the background guy...
1. if windy, put another bar on bottom to weight it down
2. put a hinged effect to make a right angle so one person can hold the background and side black cloth.

Wonder how well that would work in the States rather than in Europe. Too many lawsuits here. :)

November 26, 2012 5:06 AM  
Blogger David Rothwell said...

A great concept but is not street photography per se, it is a mobile studio shooting some very cool portraits.

November 26, 2012 9:04 AM  
Blogger seri_art said...

I clicked he link thinking it was to a video showing how a photographer takes unique photos of people on the street. It is that, but it also turned out to be an artistic production in itself. I thought it was great and was sorry when it ended. I sent the link to several non-photographer friends.

November 26, 2012 11:02 AM  
Blogger seri_art said...

I clicked he link thinking it was to a video showing how a photographer takes unique photos of people on the street. It is that, but it also turned out to be an artistic production in itself. I thought it was great and was sorry when it ended. I sent the link to several non-photographer friends.

November 26, 2012 11:04 AM  
Blogger Tyler Briley said...

@peeker

I was just thinking about what a nightmare trying this in Manhattan would be. Americans are very stand-offish...

November 26, 2012 1:07 PM  
Blogger Tim Biller said...

@Tyler - yes but imagine how well it could work in Austin....

I might just try this here in the UK.

Tim

November 26, 2012 1:17 PM  
OpenID kutluer said...

This project is almost impossible to implement in that way in Turkey. My country is a little bit shy to give pose in front of the camera :)

Good and inspiring job..

November 26, 2012 2:25 PM  
Blogger RobertMcI said...

I think every portrait photog should do this type of street photography at least once. For anyone who doesn't think it's possible, I first did this a few years ago in downtown Minneapolis and I ended up with 66 portraits in 'bout two hours. I became a street performer getting people to step into my light set up. Turns out its a lot like Dave's "Gone in 86 Seconds," but most of my shots were in two or three seconds. It was a blast,try it if you haven't already. Here's my fav from that day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48245542@N08/4441603448/in/set-72157623515709301

November 26, 2012 6:13 PM  
Blogger William Huff Photography said...

Neat idea, but after seeing some of the rich textures and backgrounds of the walls in that area I felt the portable backdrop was a waste.

November 26, 2012 6:54 PM  
Blogger Brando Paradise said...

Thanks Everyboday for the feedbacks ! And William i have thought the same, the walls looked great but you know when you have an idea ... Next time with the real street walls :)

November 27, 2012 3:11 AM  
Blogger David Rothwell said...

Coming back to this interesting thread, have to concur with Wiliam Huff, there was a rich variety of textures on those walls.

November 27, 2012 6:54 AM  
Blogger David Rothwell said...

@Tim Biller if you could pull that off in London I would happily do this with you, it would be a blast.

November 27, 2012 6:56 AM  
Blogger RFS said...

J'aime le background. It gives consistency and drama to the portraits. Without it, I have to look at bricks or stone or wood or sky and I am distracted from the beauteous human face.

November 29, 2012 12:26 AM  
Blogger Cc Ting said...

This is more to camera angles than remote studio...

December 06, 2012 6:08 AM  
Blogger William Huff Photography said...

I apologize, Brando, I phrased my post poorly. The backdrop is great because it was part of your vision for this shoot and the portraits turned out beautiful.

December 07, 2012 7:22 PM  
Blogger Pendo Obsido said...

Very cool and inspiring. Been hashing out a similar project using my RB67. I don't know what it is... the beast attracts curiousity seekers like a moth to a flame. The other evening, I set out to do some long exposures at dusk of a local pier. HELLO! For now on, I will load an extra back, a flash or two, and an assortment of clamps, some instant film, model release forms... build it and they will come.

December 08, 2012 10:50 AM  
Blogger Trevor Christensen said...

It's interesting work, but I was a little sad to see that he added hats & a leather jacket to his models.

December 14, 2012 6:18 PM  
Blogger PeaceLoveandJay said...

I agree with the commenter who said that every portrait photographer should do this at least once. It really forces you to hone your people skills. I did it a little while back, here's a link to the images http://jmphotographyonline.ca/jay-mcintyre-photography-blog-1/2011/07/11/studio-in-the-street
I also agree that it would have been great to leave the subjects as they were. I don't really like the ideal of adding props and costumes.

December 31, 2012 3:13 PM  
Blogger Paul Farace said...

Loved the show and the concept, but hell, that blue door kicks butt, much nicer IMHO, than the hanging gray backdrop!

January 02, 2013 6:02 PM  

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