Style Analysis – Mark Singerman

Introduction

Presenting the fourth post in the Style Analysis series. The idea behind this series is to help form a better understanding of various photography and editing styles and methods.

Point to note – photography is subjective. This is not a post pointing out what I think are “good” and “bad” photos, rather I’m trying to take a fairly objective view and simply examine the techniques and style preferences of the photographers.

Mark Singerman

Mark Singerman is a portrait photographer. His photography can be found on Instagram @marksingerman and on his website.

Photography

While Mark does shoot various types of photos, which can be found on his website, the focus for this post are his vibrant portraits. Portraiture was chosen simply because that’s what his Instagram account focuses on.

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  • Color

Color-wise, at first glance the photos do have some resemblance to Brandon Woelfel’s style, but upon closer inspection the differences become more obvious. Firstly, Mark’s photos are warmer and focus on the blues and oranges, while Brandon’s pictures are cooler, more desaturated and have a tint leaning more to the pink side. These are fairly simple variations, but provide the photographers with two vastly different styles. Another point to note is that Mark’s alters the blues to be more aqua, something that seems to be an increasingly more common trend on the Instagram.

  • Composition

The models in the photos are placed almost always in the center, putting the focus on them, and creating a pleasing symmetry to the image. There aren’t any extreme camera angles, with the camera placed more or less around eye level. The portraits are usually framed as a mid-shot or close-up, rarely showing the entire person, but instead focusing more on their face and expression.

  • Props

Mark also uses props such as prisms, sparklers and fairy lights to add some flair to his photos. The props coupled with the bokeh caused by a large aperture lens, give the images an extra element to them, although they’re not used in every picture and Mark ‘s style doesn’t rely on them as much as, Brandon Woelfel.

Conclusion

As usual, this is not meant to be an detailed analysis, but simply my observations. Have you notice anything else in Mark’s style? Leave a comment if you did!

Refrences

Singerman, M. (2017). [photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/marksingerman

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Style Analysis – Brandon Woelfel

Introduction

This post is the first of a short series that will focus on forming an analysis on a selected photographers works. The idea behind this is to form a better understanding of various photography and editing styles and methods and to eventually create my own style. The end goal of this series is to eventually create my own unique style of photography whereby I will at a later point create an Instagram account to showcase.

Most (if not all) of the artists featured here will be from Instagram as that’s the platform that I use most for photography purposes.

Point to note – photography is subjective. This is not a post pointing out what I think are “good” and “bad” photos, rather I’m trying to take a fairly objective view and simply examine the techniques and style preferences of the photographers.

So now onto the post.

Brandon Woelfel

Brandon is a freelance photographer based in New York. He’s on Instagram under the handle @bradonwoelfel where he has over 1 million followers. More information and photos can be found at his website – www.brandonwoelfel.com

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(Woelfel, 2017)

Photography

Brandon shoots portraits with a very distinctive feel and vibe. Below are some samples of his work.

Listed below are three key points that make Brandon’s photos distinctive.

  • Color

The first thing that stands out to me are the colors he uses. Brandon usually favors a more cooler tone with a lot of blues and magentas. This provides a great contrast between the colors and shapes his unique style.

  • Bokeh

The second thing of note is the shallow depth of field, or bokeh. There’s a lot of that. Brandon shoots with prime lenses, such as the 85mm and 50mm, with the aperture wide open. This allows him to obtain the gorgeous bokeh, and as a bonus the large aperture also helps keep the camera ISO down when shooting in places with low light.

  • Props

Finally, Brandon uses various props to achieve his style. Scrolling through his Instagram feed you can see that nearly every picture has fairy lights and oversized retro glasses. The fairy lights work to help create the bokeh mentioned earlier, and the glasses subtly reflect the light sources in the picture. Brandon also uses CDs and prisms to create reflections or “rainbows”. Lastly he also incorporates neon lights, signage, and sparklers into some of his works.

Conclusion

This is by no means an exhaustive or comprehensive breakdown of Brandon’s photos or his shooting style. But it does note several key points that I observed. The aim of this brief examination is to observe the styles of various artists and draw inspiration from their works.

If you do want to explore in more depth how to recreate Brandon’s style there’s a great video done by Mango Street (2017) that shows you how.

Refrences

Woelfel, B. (2017). [photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.brandonwoelfel.com/photography-1/

Mango Street. (2017, July 10). How to shoot and edit like Brandon Woelfel [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7Mk-C8un6E