Thursday, November 26, 2015

Behind the Camera Androgynous & Soft

Oh it has been some time since I did a photo shoot that I enjoyed working on. However that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy other shoots, maybe it was the excitement of working complete new team. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mamiya RZ67 PROII Film Magazine

Mamiya RZ67 PROII is surely one of the most versatile analog medium format camera ever made. 
It is built to last, and capable of shooting in most medium format frame sizes, you can shoot 6x7 which is the default, 6x6 (square), and 6x4,5.

You can use all the previous backs of the RZ67 series.

I've been using my Mamiya RZ67 ProII with 2 backs from previous versions, and after I find that one of my back(the oldest one) I sent them to get serviced and resealed, and then again I find out that the oldest back is once again light leaking, re-servicing it over and over again is annoying thus I decided to invest in a brand new back.

When I opened the new film-back I found out that internally it is very different and more efficient in use of black foam seal. Below are the photos if the film magazines.

Entire edge parts of the older versions door (top once) is covered with light seal foam, and the newer version has some kind of walling which is plastic. The most important part is the near corner parts by the dark slide, which is again covered by light seal foam but covered by walling in newer version. Having solid parts which are blocking the light is better than having soft light seal which can wear off by time, humidity, temperature and usage.

My opinion and recommendation if you are buying new Mamiya or film magazine for your camera, check the back and make sure you get the latest version.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Computers & Monitors

Non Photographic Equipment

We all know the importance of Photographic equipment/gear. Cameras, lenses, accessories, Negative - Positive film, software and applications which are essential for photographers. But what about the equipment that photographers use for their work but it is not made only for photography, such as Computers and Monitors.

I'd like to write about computer and computer monitor (mainly the monitor) in here.
Almost all of my friends who are in the photography except my photographer colleagues ask me this question when ever technology based topic is being discussed.

If you are getting serious and want to do photography more seriously, there will be a time that you will have to spend money and buy computer. Since I get e-mails(sometimes) from readers of the blog regarding medium format and starting out gear, I thought I'd share an advise or two regarding computer and most importantly, the monitor.

So here it goes  . . . If you are a person who like to do the research, and watch many videos on photographers and their workflow and see them using an Imac, don't try to imitate their setup.

I am listing apple, because my knowledge is better at apple products even that I dislike apple products since 2013

Imac is a good computer but the monitor is good if you want to watch stuff. The monitor colours being too vivid, the monitor being glossy is already giving you a disadvantage, you want to see as accurate as possible, accurate in colour without the reflections of other colourful objects around the room. You don't want to see a reflection your self when working on Black colours.

Mac Pro:
A work beast which can be customised for many propose. Photographers will mostly need more processing power over more cores in CPU, Quad-core or 6 core will be best suited for photography. But Mac Pro is extremely expensive there are better ways to spend the money, if your budget can only afford Mac Pro but not more.

Macbook Pro:
Not so "Pro" when compared to its predecessors. Though the speed has improved thanks to PCI-e based flash drive, apple made 2 mistakes since 2012. First they Discontinued the Matt screen in macbook pro specifications, and second they have taken out the ethernet entry port which u can buy separately from  apple starting £25 to £80.

If you are sick and tired of overpriced computers of apple and want to build your own, you can always build a Hackintosh yourself. (Mac OS X) installed in PC. With the money u can spend on Mac Pro you can actually build a monster computer so fast that i can travel in time and space. One thing that is for sure is that you will need patience and the knowledge to keep it working.

I wouldn't be so concerned about the Computer it self, it has to be fast enough to smoothly run Photoshop and big files you open in it. your computer will mostly need and benefit from a Dedicated graphics card (not the intel Iris shizzle) about 16gb if not more Ram and Vram of 1GB or grater. SSD (solid state drive) is always a benefit, if you want the stability of HDD tho go with HDD which is 7200 RPM or greater, and CPU of 2.4 GHZ or greater (greater preferred)

This is very important once you have a computer that can handle your workflow.
your monitor will be your eyes on Postproduction, don't be fooled by the amount of pixels that are squeezed in monitors, if more pixels = Better monitor than some new smartphones are better than many monitors out there. But this is of corse false.

You will need to know what to look for in monitors before buying one.
Important things that you need to know are:

Colour Accuracy of the monitor? 
There are two major colour profiles which are used to most they are Adobe RGB1998 and sRGB, Web is based on sRGB and Printers vary from sRGB to Adobe RGB 1998 however most high-end printers will have colour profiles of the paper and ink they use. But adobe RGB is a wide colour profile which will cover most of the other profiles. Good monitors are about 98% - 99% adobe RGB accurate.

What gamut is it? 
There are two options in here Wide Gamut or Standard Gamut. Wide gamut monitors will display a lot more colour than standard gamut, however you need to Calibrate the monitor at least once every month in order to use the monitor to its fullest potential. A wide gamut monitor will show 1 Billion colours and Standard gamut will be showing 16 millions or more.

Bit rate in showing simultaneous colour.
This is bit more technical and needs photo examples to demonstrate.
Monitors will have either 8 bit or 10 bit colour, when displaying simultaneous colour, 8 bit monitors will struggle and show some kind of colour pattern deformation, Eizo monitors website demonstrates this well.

What type of panel is it?
These days IPS become an Industry standard or at least it is on it its way to become the new "standard" IPS: In Panel Switching, allows the viewer to see the monitor from different angles without the changes in colour. Which means you can look at your monitor form any angle possible and you will still see the colours same way as you are looking at it from a direct angle.

Matt display?
This is very important in editing photos. There are external factors in the room that you don't want interfering with your photos. These can be: Light reflecting on your monitors surface, your monitor reflecting your self and other objects around it when working on blacks. A matt display will be reflection free.

What kind of controls you have?
Can you adjust the RGB gains, fine tune the brightness, contrast and black levels. The (Imac - Macbook Pro gives brightness control but not as sensitive as it should be) recomended brightness is Luminance of 120 cd/m2. If you don't have full control over these, you wont be able to calibrate the monitor it its fullest potential.

What is the backlight? 
Though now the backlight technology has improved since last 5 years, (before the LED backlight monitors could not represent accurate colours, so many High-end monitors thus they vere CCFL backlit. (like mine)

Monitor Calibration.
This is by far most important thing if you are using a Wide gamut monitor for photography. Simply put, if you are using a high end wide gamut, 99% Adobe RGB accurate, IPS matt display monitor without hardware calibration, then you might as well shoot Jpeg with Hasselblad H5D and print the images on toilet paper.

My Setup: 
My Current setup is 15inch Mid 2012 Macbook pro (Matt display) 2.7 GHZ Quad core, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M 1GB VRAM, 1TB Crucial SSD. Connected to LACIE 324i monitor via Thunderbolt Display port.
Monitor calibration Software and Hardware: X-Rite i1 Display Pro

My latest monitor calibrating result

Useful links to Read:

Link 1 (keep on going to next page)

Link 2 (keep on going to next page)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Shooting Beautiful Potatoes

Have you ever had enough with shooting beautiful/handsome models? I did! In this photoshoot I photographed pretty bizarre things. Joking aside, who knew spray painting everyday objects and photographing them with proper lighting results in pretty interesting results. 

Camera: Nikon D800 + 24-70mm 
Photographer: Bugra Ergil (me)
Stylist: Carolina Mizrahi
Set Designer: Ellie Jelly
Post Production: Argiris Maipas
Model: Pringles ;-)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Behind the Camera - Olwen

While just testing the light and other technical shizvoir(my own made-up word) I realised that, I had some photo left in my Pentax 67ii, knowing that it isn't the best studio beauty camera, I told my self "What the hell lets give it a shot" and shoot some photos of Lovely Olwen.

Knowing that Pentax 67ii has a laughable 1/30sec of flash sync speed, I worried about the ambient light effecting the backdrop exposure and colour . . . it did. However the results aren't as bad as I imagined. Also the shoot being shot on D800 and reason I used Pentax 67ii is solely to finish the leftover film in the Camera, I'm happy with the result. 

Camera: Pentax 67ii + 105mm 
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Scanned With Epson Perfection V750 PRO
Sometimes a smile can be better than a directed pose . . . sometimes(not always) ;-)

Photographer: Bugra Ergil (Me)
Styling: Maysa Nogueira
Hair&MUA: Louise Hall
Model: Olwen @M+p models

Link to shoot click here

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Behind the Camera - Avatar

Group Shot!
This is the team behind the 2nd shoot I've done for the Old Tat Magazine's 2nd Issue. 

We had to build a set in the studio and of course paint it PINK. The studio owner (very skilled man) Adrian Pini built the set prior to the shoot and everything else was spray painted at my garden in the cold winter nights. After 4 days and 7 spray paint canisters we were done and ready to shoot.

Photos will be coming soon . . . after magazine is printed.

Ps. Loot at me I look so SINISTER !!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Behind the Camera - Big Kids Shoot

Group Shot!

After a long day of photoshoot, its feels nice to take a group Photo with everyone working in the photography set and then shout out loud ITS A WRAP.

Wow just realised that I was the only boy in the team.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How times have changed

I was surfing the web (old term for "web-browsing" get it) and i come across a video of how todays kids reacting to old cameras.

Immediately the video got my attention and I started to watch it.
Here is the video, enjoy.

          Video made by TheFineBros

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Light Setup #4

Here I will be showing one of the light setup of the I did for Laurence. 

In that shoot I've change the backdrop and light setup 3 times.

This setup works with the photo I'll be showing in the Read More section of this post.

The octobox is just a fill light, if not it is just chancing the tone of the shades, its 1.25 stop less than the main light.
The strobe with 9" reflector is there to cast a shadow at his feet, giving more dimension to the photo.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Traveling via Photography

As I am Shooting and Assisting more and more photo shoots, Locations are getting bigger and better.

You get the enjoy your job when it is taking you to places. 

Here is what the view was like at Dover - Kent. 
When I saw this view, I had to find time while the model was chancing, get my Pentax 6x7(Old One) and capture it, and thats what I exactly did.
If I had a Largeformat, a Sinar or Linhof and the time I could have shoot 3 Films: 1 BW,  1 Colour Negative (Kodak Ektar), 1 colour transparency (Fuji Velvia)

Camera: Pentak 6X7 + 105mm 2.4mm 
Film: Fomapan 400Asa @400
Processed in Kodak HC-110 at 20° C
Scanned With Epson Perfection V750 PRO

Note: Funny thing I realise after posting this Photograph that Blogger doesn't respect the Black and white Photos. This photo looks bit sepia-ish  where the original file which I've uploaded is Black and White. When I put the two same images next to each other it is very easy to see how the photos colour change on web. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Light Setup #3

Here is the setup I used for the Studio part of the Nue Punk Photoshoot. 

The Backdrop colour is SealGrey
2 Large umbrellas and 1 large Octobox.

Black panels are there to kill the spill light of the umbrellas and the white panel is simply redirecting the light from octobox, the distance of the white panel is important, if you want to leave a little tonal difference in shades.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Nue Punk

If I had £5 every time I wrote here that I will update the blog more frequent . . .  I would have £15.

Well I am writing now and I got my father to thank me. He made a phone call where we discussed business and my daily life, then he started to yell at me because I have not been posing much in my own blog. Funny huh,  getting scolded by your dad over the phone at age 24.

But Thank You DAD.

Here is what I've photographed while ago.

Cuneyt Ozketen really outdid himself, he is my top makeup artist to work with. Congratulations on your new agency CUCU. BodyLondon 

Camera: Nikon D800 + 70-200mm 
Photographer: Bugra Ergil
Stylist: Hangna Sohn Koh
Hair & Makeup: Cuneyt Ozketen
Nail Tech: Lee
Model: Eveline Rozing @SUPA

I will be posting about the light setup on this soon . . . This time I promise.

More photos at my portfolio. (believe me they look better there)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

London from St.Paul's Cathedral

It's been some time I haven't write on this blog and I decide to write back again. I will not give any excuse like: I was busy, I could not find time or anything like that. I will just say, I was lazy, I told my self "Bah I will just make a post tomorrow" and look its July 2014.

I don't take much landscapes or any non fashion related photo but sometimes when I see something looks nice I just snap a photo.

So my sister was visiting me and I had the chance to climb the St.Paul's Cathedral "again" I had my trusty F100 with 50mm 1.4 and the cheapest film i found in SliverPrint, Fomapan 400 ASA, and I snapped a photo, processed in my kitchen and scanned it in my living room.

Camera: Nikon F100 + 50mm 1.4
Film: Fomapan 400
Processed with Kodak HC-110
Scanned With Epson Perfection V750 PRO

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Update on Portfolio.

Its been some time I'vent shoot a test or anything in that manner, that was because I've been busy moving my home, applying for business visa, searching for a photography studio and etc.

Well finally my friend Olgac Bozalp pressured me to get my ass up and shoot some tests, and I ended shooting 4 Photo-shoot in one week, one right after each other.

Camera: Nikon D800 + 24-70mm
Photographer: Bugra Ergil
Stylist: Ateser Aldemir
Hair and Makeup: Martina Lattanzi
Model: Laurence @Premier

Here is one of the Photos I shot, you can find rest of this shoot in my Web-Portfolio

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Light Setup #2

Here Comes the 2nd setup, I am aiming to put more in near future, and after I've published enough setups, I'd start posting once or twice a month, but for the time being I will upload more frequently. 

The beauty dish is the key-light and the umbrella is the fill. 
Beauty dish is 16" and has grids attached to it. 
The umbrella is one stop less than the beauty dish, and the soft-boxes are one stop greater than the beauty dish. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

50 Years of Prelli Calendar

Light Setup #1

Here is the very first Lights. 

I hope to post more over time, and post it with the better end result than myself so please do forgive me for my ugliness. 

I hope that this will become a usual thing, and I will try to post 1 or 2 every month. 

The backdrop is mint blue, Since blue has RGB values I picked it other than White or grey, and also the colour does look good even without the Gels, so it can act as a change in production if you one needs to make changes or need different looks in the editorial.

The background is 1 stop less than the key light.

There is also a additional small soft box under the Large beausty dish so the exposure on the model is the same head to toe. However the mid-length photos does not need such thing.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Time For a Change

So ladies and gentlemen, I firstly would like to apologise because I have not been updating my blog for a while however I'd like to point out that I only publish posts in this blog when ever I have time to sit down to write, research, or have material that I am allowed to publish, for example there are some shoot me like terry photos that I cannot touch until certain date.

That being said aside, The change in the blog will occur in lighting setups from my sketchbook page, which I have not updated for long time, I'll be taking that page down and now will start posting digitally drawn sketches with the end-result attached to the post, and I'll open new labels that will be named LightSetups.

PS. 2 new Photo shoots are coming to my website and blog soon.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Shoot me like "Terry" - 10.1

After a long and very quiet shoot of Lips (Beauty) I did the Expected thing  . . . shoot the model like Terry :) 
Lovely Laissa was more than happy to get off the chair in font of the beauty dish and the Mamiya, and snap some dynamic and vibrant photos in front of my "Terry Wall"

Camera: D800 + 24-70mm 
Photographer Bugra Ergil (ME)
Makeup: Louise Hall
Model: Laissa M @PRM

Thursday, August 8, 2013

D800 Vs Linhof - 35mm Digital Vs 5x4 LargeFormat Film

Well this is funny, comparing film to digital in this year is a huge paradox that one can argue and even write a dissertation or thesis.

So here it comes to this Nikon D800 Vs 5x4 LargeFormat.
Ok before I start, let me tell you that the images are Photoshoped and yes I've added some noise in D800 (will tell you why soon).


So Nikon D800 is a 36Mp beast of DSLR camera and if used properly it will give amazing images. However, all that pixels do come with a drawback, which in this case exposure of the images shot in studio has to be spot on. I've noticed this only on grey backdrop, when I lit only a part of the backdrop I or lit it poorly(rare) so In D800 I see some posterisation forming on grey backdrops when the backdrop is 2 - 3 stops of  darker areas, however I don't notice it at one stop darker or 4 stops darker areas. Strange. . .

Another drawback of D800 was its resolution and very high image quality, I wouldn't say it is a weakness, but I shoot fashion/beauty so sometimes I see so much detail I don't want to see which takes more time postproduction.

So I add a bit of monochrome noise in post production to eliminate the threshold and make the skin bith more smooth with out making it look like plastic or Simpsons colour.

Linhof 5x4

LargeFormat Linhof is something else compared to D800 or any 35mmDSLR. However 5x4 film compared to D800 is different. Film that size collects huge amount of information and I can see a lot more details than 36mp image coming from tiny little 35mm sensor.

It is obviously noticeable that film has more details from shadows and blacks than the d800. Also its obvious that I used the tilt and shift function of the camera.

The drawback of the film in largeformat is that large format cameras needs more light to get the right depth of field, f/5.6 might be somewhere near middle in 35mm but in large format its is very shallow f/16 should be something more in middle for the largeformat, thus I used Portra 400 film, which arguably have more grain than Portra 160 which In use in medium format.
I do like the grain from film.

Film does slow down the workflow so I only use it when I can take my time during the production and postproduction of the shoot.

Here is a screen recording of me opening these two images on photoshop. There is no voice over or any recorded sound. Watch in highest resolution.

Conclusion: Make your own :) 
I'd use both cameras.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Provocateur - Cute & Flirty

Here is a photograph of lovely Samara from the Provocateur Shoot. 
You can find the full photo-shoot here
Camera: D800 + 24-70mm
Photographer: Bugra Ergil (ME)
Stylist: Elle Baron
Makeup & Hair: Amie Williams 
Model: Samara @MilkManagement 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shoot me like "Terry" - 10

Its been ages since I posted something in this blog, since my business visa application is taking majority of my time, I am struggling to manage my time to do any photo-shoot, or even edit photos from previous shoots.

Here is the a behind the scenes of a shoot I did with Louise Hall. This shoot was a LipIllustrated shoot, I'll post once it's published.

So here we go . . . 

Camera: D800 + 24-70mm
Photographer Bugra Ergil (ME)
Makeup: Louise Hall
Model: Laissa M @PRM

Sunday, July 14, 2013

After Shoot

After the 3rd part of my FMP shoot, I had a rare opportunity of playing with a cool sword, and we decided to take photo as a memory. 

Camera: D800 + 24-70
From left to right: Laura, Wendy, Leah, Me.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Scanning negatives as positive.

Yep the title says it all, scanning negatives as positive then inverting them in photoshop.

So When I was shooting a part of my FMP, I used large format camera which was so fun to use, and also time consuming. But for such photos I could not just scan them and treat them as I treat 35mm negatives. 

So to get the most out of the negative (most in data/information) i scanned them as positive and invert the image in photoshop and Correct the RGB in Levels layer. 

This allowed me to use every bits of information that was on the negative.
More accurate colour and skin tones and more information in Blacks and Highlights on the negative. 

Here is a Silent video of how it is done. (in order to understand what is happening in video some knowledge in Photoshop is required)

This is a great way of working on negatives, even in black and white film if you have time for that.
So if you can capture an entire Photo shoot with 12 sheets of film I'd recommend you trying this.  

Scanner I used: Flextight X1 
Film: 4x5 kodak Portra 400 sheet
Camera: Linhof 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Shoot me like "Terry" - 9

After a Long day shooting with various formats of photography for my FMP, I asked the lovely Leah to pose for me as her self. 

Camera: Nikon D800 + 24-70mm 
Photographer: Bugra Ergil (Me) 
Stylist: Wendy Ford 
Makeup: Laura Kate Rzemieniecka 
Model: Leah Debrincat @Ugly

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

FMP - Multiple Personality Disorder

Here we go again. 

This was my final Project for London College of Fashion. 
When it was over I was happy and sad that I was no longer a student, now the work got more serious because there is no more room for error. 

Since this was my last university project, I wanted to say goodbye to all the amazing equipment and resources that the university provided, thus I shoot this project on 5x4 Sheet film (Large format). 

I used a Linhof monorail camera with Kodak Portra 400. Processed the Film by my self in dip and dunk tanks and scanned it by my self again in Hasselblad Flextight X1 all provided in good old LCF. 

The multiple personality character Pam(the model) was having was inspired by the movie whatever happened to baby Jane. 

Photographer: Bugra Ergil 
Stylist: Wendy Ford 
Hair and Makeup: Laura Kate Rzemieniecka 
Model: Pam Lucas @Ugly 

I also shot on Mamiya and D800, when I have the time to Scan/Retouch them I will make a post about all 3 formats, and compare them, well obviously we know who is the winner. Why else would I choose the large-format files. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Young Turks

After I helped my Friend and colleague Olagc with his shoot for Elle, featuring Erdem. The photography team and Erdem developed friendship bond over the shoot, while we were shooting we were having conversations about the Turkish language, Seafood and Baklava (Of corse). At the end we snapped a photo of all photography team with Erdem for memory of the day.

From Left to Right:Bugra Ergil (ME), Olgac Bozalp, Erdem Moralioglu, Murat Sinici, Ersin Onur

Thursday, June 6, 2013

In Regard to Media Censorship and Police Terror in Turkey

Calling for Media Censorship Awareness in Turkey
featuring Police Terror

Music by SilO - Breakdown