In this showcase series we feature the wonderful portrait photography of Tal Flint.
Tal spoke to us about his photographic background:
I’m a professional portrait and beauty photographer, located in Tel Aviv, Israel. I guess I started with photography when I got a camera from my dad when I was about 15-16 years old. I carried that camera with me throughout my military service, and went to photography school when I was discharged.
I worked as a beauty and product photographer for a few years, and while I was doing that, I also took a make up artist course, so I could understand how it affects my photography and work better with the make up artists.
After a few years I left the photography business and learn 3d computer animation and Chinese brush painting, and worked in the animation industry for about 12 years. About 3 years ago the I returned to photography and since than I’m working as a portrait and beauty photographer, and teach photography.
Can you tell us more about this beauty portrait photography series?
On the last project I worked with an amazing make up artist, she’s very creative and lots of fun to work with. we planned the different looks, mood for each shoot, styling etc, so when we started shooting, we knew exactly what we wanted it to look like. My photography style is very clean and minimalistic. I like the person I’m shooting to be the centre of the story.
Taking someone’s picture is beyond technical skill for me. I don’t think there is such a thing as a non-photogenic person, only someone who lacks the confidence and the basic skills to stand in front of a camera. you don’t have to look like a super model to have great picture, just self confidence that it can be done, and that’s what I’m working with my clients on.
I guide them throughout the session, building their confidence, helping them open up, telling stories, cracking jokes, everything it takes to help them relax. I believe that a good portrait photographer, besides being an artists, is someone who is able to read people and connect with them, some kind of “therapist with a lens”.
The same goes for actors and models. It doesn’t matter if they know how to work the camera, they need to feel comfortable and just have fun. I get my influence wherever I can find it. it can be other photographers, painters, artists, or even something I read somewhere or saw in a movie or on TV.
What equipment do you use for your photography?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II. My “go to” lens is the 24-105mm f/4 L, but I also use the macro 100mm f2.8 for portrait work and the 50mm for full body shots. For processing I use Capture one pro 7 for Raw processing, and photoshop for everything else. Because I plan my shoots (of course there’s always room for changes during the shoot), I usually know what kind of post processing I’ll do before I shoot, and it depends on the mood of the projects and the personality of the person in front of me.
What plans do you have for the rest of 2014?
I don’t have any set plans for the rest of the year really, one idea I was playing with for the past few months was running a workshop 1-2 times a month. I love teaching, and it’s also a great way to keep on learning and developing my own skills. Other than that, I’m just going to keep on shooting my commercial work, and work on my personal projects.
Photophique has express permission to publish these images and Tal Flint retains full copyright to all photographs featured in this showcase series.Back to Top