Keiichiro Matsuo Photography, Kobe, Japan
"The Turning Point in Your Life"
CAMERA & LENS: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens
EXPOSURE: 1/160 second at f/7.1, ISO 8000
LIGHTING: Natural light
Gina Gardner, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Breathe Photography LLC, Las Vegas, Nevada
PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTE: “Global Meltdown” cameabou t while Gina Gardner attempted to create a still life photo that would replicate the look of a 17th-century painting. “After days of deliberating on how to bring my vision to life, my floral arrangement began to wilt,” she says. “The dead flowers inspired me to...
Palimor Studios, Camarillo, California
CAMERA & LENS: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 24-105 f4L IS USM lens
EXPOSURE: 1/125 second at f/4, IS0 2000
LIGHTING: Two overhead room light panels acted as a giant soft box for "Angry Red Meets Mellow Yellow." The direction of light allowed for shadow detail behind the subject and under her arms. Jim Paliungas used a 10-inch adjustable...
"To Infinity and Beyond"
Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Shirk Photography, Wilton, Iowa
PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTE: “I was working with So Many Angels as a volunteer capturing the dreams of children with serious illnesses,” says Shirk. “This little girl had been very sick and in the hospital, but her dream was to be an astronaut. The time that we spent playing with her and the other...
Inna Sumra, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Inna Portraits, Fargo, North Dakota
PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTE: The original photo used for Inna Sumra’s image “Lasting Memory” was a cell phone picture her friend made of Sumra standing in the light of a window. In Photoshop, Sumra adjusted the levels and colors of the image and then took it to Corel Painter, where she painted it using a...
PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTE: “I knew Colt’s senior year was special—he’d returned to his friends at Smackover High School after being homeschooled because of complications of Lyme disease,” explains Gibbons. Gibbons wanted his portraits to be low key and simple with a focus on his good looks.
Lifesong Photography, Adairsville, Georgia
PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTE: Sharon Fuente placed the strawberry in a rectangular vase filled with tonic water and in front of a piece of pink scrapbook paper.
CAMERA & LENS: Nikon Z 6, AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens
EXPOSURE: 1/60 second at f/22, ISO 1250
LIGHTING: The main light was a Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL with a 60-inch...
Tom Muñoz, M.Photog.Cr.
Muñoz Photography, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTE: This image was part of a wedding album, “Shirley and Enrique,” created by Tom Muñoz and Johnathan Fusco that earned inclusion in the Loan Collection in 2019. “Entering a wedding album into competition is one of the greatest measures of a wedding photographer, in my opinion,” says Muñoz. “It...
Gary Hughes, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Hughes Fioretti Photography, Orlando, Florida
CAMERA & LENS: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens at 120mm
EXPOSURE: 1/125 second at f/8, ISO 200
LIGHTING: Hughes used four Photogenic Matrix MCD400R strobes. The main modifier was a 28-inch octabox, the fill light was two 10x24-inch half domes, and the background light was a Glow 8x8-foot...
PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTE: Koreans are intrigued by the meaning of a person’s name, says Kim, and the subject runs a business catering to those interests. “Can a name really determine the fate of a person?” asks Kim. “His soft, convincing eyes shook my conviction.”
CAMERA & LENS: Nikon D800,...
Sandra Miner Photography, North Baldwin, Maine
SUBJECT: Wild puffin
LOCATION: Machias Seal Island, Maine
CAMERA & LENS: Nikon D300S, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens
EXPOSURE: 1/500 second at f/7.1, ISO 200
LIGHTING: Natural light
POST-CAPTURE: In Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop Miner cropped the image to focus only on the puffin’s head and chest, softened the...
Sylwia Ok, M.Photog., CPP
Sylwia Ok Photography, Bradenton, Florida
CAMERA & LENS: Nikon D850, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8G ED lens
EXPOSURE: 1/200 second at f/7.1, ISO 100
LIGHTING: The main light was an Elinchrom BRX 500 with a 53-inch Elinchrom Rotalux Octabox placed to the left of the subject’s face, three feet from the ground to feather the light. The fill light was a...