How do I work?
If you're interested in learning more about how I work, check out the numerous interviews online.
Collaborating with a team
My most recent works have been a collaboration, not only with actors and actresses or dancers , but also with my assistants. Since 2010, the transition from simple portraits to more ambitious photo-series and short movies has required external help. As a side-effect, these persons also have done a great job at capturing the mood and essence of these sessions (while working holding lights!). If you've ever wanted to know how things are done, click the photos on the right side.
As I often get questions on my work, I've written some tutorials that should help you. You can use them for your personnal education, however please do not reproduce them without my authorization. Thank you very much!
I also strongly suggest to have a look at some of my interviews which might help you too.
- Choosing a digital camera for portrait photography (PNG)
- Detailed portrait tutorial (PNG) is a detailed tutorial on how I work. Covers:
- Preparing a session
- Gigaverse, Freelance Career Advice from Designer Jean-Sébastien Monzani, Septembre 2013
- Basic portrait photography (PDF) is a quick guide on portrait photography
- Understanding exposure (PDF) is a guide to exposure, and a must read if you want to know how your camera works. Covers film and digital photography.
- Skin softening (PNG) is an alternative technique to softening skin with the Dust and Scratches filter. Gives better result than Gaussian blur in my humble opinion.
- Train your eye (JPEG) is a quick guide on analysing an image
- A guide to composition (PNG) will help you compose an image
- Giving mood to a shot (JPG)
- Using Camera RAW with Photoshop CS 3 (JPEG)
- Top 5 mistakes when taking photos (GIF)
- Being a freelance graphic designer (PDF)
- Creating Digital Frames and Borders and Advanced Skin Softening, articles commissioned by famous website photo.net (July/August 2008)