Posts By Brad Moore

If you look back to August 26, you’ll remember that my buddy Jeremy Cowart used his guest blog spot to announce the idea of Help-Portrait.  If you don’t know what Help-Portrait is about, take a couple of minutes to watch this video.  If you watch this thing without tearing up, you need to check your pulse :)

Well, the big day is this Saturday! So if you haven’t already signed up, go take a look at the community section of the Help-Portrait site and find a group in your area that could use your help. But you don’t have to be a photographer to help out!  Some events will need makeup artists, stylists, retouchers, people who are there to lend a hand with other random things, and any number of needs. If you can’t find any events in your area, or if the existing groups already have enough help, you can do something on your own!

It doesn’t have to be a big production (or even this Saturday for that matter).  You could go across the street, knock on that single parent’s door and ask if they’d like to have a family portrait made. Then when you go back to deliver the print, you can bring something else they may need. Diapers, groceries, toys, or something else they could use help with.  It’s not just about giving someone a picture; it’s about something bigger than that.

So take some time out of your schedule this holiday season and give someone a gift that they’ll cherish forever… Hope.

-Brad

[Ed. Note – Some of the imagery within this post contains artistic nudity. If you prefer not to view these images, don’t click the “Read the rest of this entry” link.]

There never is a dull moment, because every moment is meaningful.

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Howard Schatz: Photographer, Retinal Specialist M.D.

Howard Schatz is a man not easily described. His interests and passions run deep and broad. His choice of photographic subjects is wide ranging, from pregnancy, to newborns, to athletes and dancers and people with rare talents. He studies and photographs the human body and the way it moves, as well as light, water and fauna. Howard photographs stunning models flaunting their freakish beauty in extraordinary settings one day, and rare flowers exhibiting pure grace the next. Prima ballerinas underwater at his custom designed pool in a dream of weightlessness, and breakdancers on the stage of his versatile New York studio.

He photographs actors famous the world over as well as those not yet known anywhere. He directs them for his lens from no more than two feet away. Prisoners at Sing Sing, the homeless on the streets of San Francisco, club goers in New York, Cirque Du Soleil in the ring, and boxers, both retired and still fighting, the world over all make appearances in his camera. He paints fonts with light and creates other fonts out of nimble and acrobatic dancers. He shoots campaigns for Sprite, Showtime, Ralph Lauren, Epson, Neil LaBute and Macdonalds. He shoots editorials for Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and Time to name just a few. He does all of this with an exactitude fitting a surgeon. His photographs are exhibited at museums and galleries in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Canada, Argentina, New York, San Francisco, Honolulu, Tokyo, Edinburgh, Brussels, Stockholm, Paris, Cannes, Florence, Antwerp, Milan, Lausanne, Lisbon, Kiev and on and on…

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Myself: Bart Babinski, Howard’s assistant; Aspiring Photographer

Born in Poland, grown up in Libya, Italy, Germany and northern New Jersey; BFA in photography NJCU; Cinematography student at The New School and the Kieslowski Film Dept. of Silesia University; Passionate about looking, seeing, and making images, plus life, people and the world, in all its color.

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…the next person in our Assistant Guest Blog series, Bart Babinski!  Bart has been working with Howard Schatz for the past few years.  After reading his blog, I (Brad) can tell you that he’s learned quite a lot about many different types of photography from Howard.  It’s interesting to hear him talk about finding ways to make the impossible possible, because Howard does some crazy experiments!

So check back tomorrow to get some insight into the world of a very innovative photographer and what it’s like to help him break down the walls of impossibility!

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Howdy folks… Extremely humbled to be here.  Big thanks to Scott and Brad for giving me the stage.  Three-Act play here today… let’s get started.

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Three short years ago I stood in a tiny restroom six stories above 31st Street & Park Avenue in Manhattan.  Buzzed from my 4th cup of crappy office coffee, I stared at my reflection for what seemed like hours. Did I really just leave my entire world behind, only to find myself in a supremely uninspiring job in an extremely lonely city?   Was this really what the rest of my life was destined to become?  Did I really believe that moving to New York City would ignite some long-lost passion I had buried somewhere?  I was three years out of business school, stuck in a boring finance job, in a new city with zero time to invest in my growing interest in photography.  I chuckled at myself, realizing I was staring back at a young man either a) on the verge of a serious life change or b) destined for (more…)

Brooklyn-based commercial photographer Eric Ryan Anderson! I (Brad) met Eric when I was in New York for Photo Plus a few weeks ago.  Once I got back home and checked out his website, I immediately fell in love with his work, which you can check out here (he even shoots Polaroids!).

His post for tomorrow is part inspirational, part practical, and all heart.  He loves what he does, and that really comes through in his writing.  My favorite line, in regards to keeping things in perspective, is, “Most of your Twitter followers won’t be at your wedding… or your funeral.”

Come by tomorrow (or tonight, if you’re up late) and check it out!

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Wow, thanks to Scott and Brad for giving me this rad opportunity to guest blog. I’ve been an avid Photoshop user for about 15 years and have been impacted by Scott’s amazing books and tutorials for as long as I can remember, so it’s really cool for me to get to do this.

Most of you don’t know me, so here’s a little ice breaker:

10 Ways I’ve Used Gaff Tape in the last year:

1. To reduce terrible chafing between my legs while shooting at Witch’s Rock in Costa Rica.
2. To patch up holes in my mosquito net over my bed in Tanzania
3. To hold up the water bladder I used to bathe in Sudan
4. As a bandaid to keep the blood from my cut finger off equipment
5. To keep the insane knot-untying raccoons out of my bag while camping on the beach in Costa Rica
6. To strap my camera to the top of a piece of rebar for a time-lapse in the earthquake zone of Beichuan, China.
7. To attach my camera to my hand while paragliding in the Himalayas
8. To make it unbelievably difficult to steal a camera I wanted to leave on a construction site for a 5-day time lapse (used like half a roll on that sucker, it worked!)
9. To hold my battery charger into a really jankity outlet in India.
10. To keep the spitting cobras out of my cottage in Zambia

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Using gaff to set up a time-lapse in rural China

I finished school about a year ago and since then I’ve been able to travel through about 20 countries working with a variety of different missions-based organizations on assignment to capture what they are doing abroad (both through still and motion picture.) My work is typically used to share what they are doing with others in efforts to raise money for the organization in one way or another, whether it’s sold as art or just connecting with donors on an emotional level.

It’s definitely been a whirlwind of a year and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve learned so much from the people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had and the failures I’ve endured. I could write forever about all the ins and outs of travel photography; how to prepare for a shoot in 140°F Sudan, how to pull off an album cover shoot in an earthquake zone in rural China or even how to get the best seats on international flights (without paying an extra penny!) (more…)

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