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This Photographer Builds Each of His Sets by Hand

Fine art photographer Nicky Hamilton just completed an impressive photo series titled “The Lonely Man.” Each photo in the project took him an average of 3 months to sketch, build, light, and shoot.

Hamilton, a self-taught photographer and the former Head of Art at the ad agency M&C Saatchi, says that the photos in the series came out of the emotions of his own childhood.

“In the early years my Dad started out as a builder,” Hamilton says. “Things were simple, holidays where plenty and so was the laughter.”

“In the mid 80s my Dad lost his business in a freak incident and had to declare himself bankrupt, post a recent purchase of a dream home he could no longer afford,” he continues. “He turned to crime and crime turned him into a drug addict who would one day call his son and ask me to prevent him from commuting suicide.”

Hamilton wanted to create a photo series infused with his thoughts and emotions, but to do it in a way that slows down the process.

“I came to the realization that the photography world was moving too fast,” the photographer states.

After opening his own studio 4 years ago, Hamilton began to explore the idea of spent extremely long periods of time planning and executing each and every photo.

“I wanted to change the pace, my plan was to work akin to a painter with a canvas, creating the photo and not finding it on location,” says Hamilton.

Mostly working alone, Hamilton first comes up with an idea and turns it into a sketch. The sketch is then turned into a 3D pre-visual, where Hamilton pre-lights and tests color palettes.

He then builds, dresses, and styles his sets. Next, Hamilton lights the scene with continuous lighting and shoots his photos using a medium format Hasselblad camera (sometimes multiple shots are combined into the final photos). Finally, the photographer spends a considerable amount of time retouching and grades the photos.

Here’s a sequence of behind-the-scenes images showing the creation of just one of the photos in the project:

Time-lapse of set build for 'The Stairs' 2016. #nickyhamilton #thelonelyman

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Here are some more behind-the-scenes videos followed by the finished photos in “The Lonely Man”:

Production still of 'The Shower' 2016. #nickyhamilton #thelonelyman

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Production still of 'The Loft' 2016. #nickyhamilton #thelonelyman

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Production still of 'The Bathroom' 2016. #nickyhamilton #thelonelyman

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Time-lapse of 'The Weekend' 2016 production. #nickyhamilton #thelonelyman

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Production still of 'The Waiting' 2014. #nickyhamilton #thelonelyman

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Time-lapse of set build for 'The Hotel' 2015. #nickyhamilton #thelonelyman

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Production still of 'The Long Night' 2016. #nickyhamilton #thelonelyman

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Production still of 'The Pub' 2016. #nickyhamilton #thelonelyman

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You can follow along with Hamilton’s work through his website and on Instagram.


Image credits: Photographs by Nicky Hamilton and used with permission

I Flew to Europe to Create ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Photos for My Daughter

It was late, dark and eerie as I drove through the Swiss alps in my tiny rental car. I could barely see the road and was stuck in between two semi trucks. I should have been fearing for my life, but all I could think about was how excited my 3-year-old daughter, Nellee, would be after seeing what I was creating for her.

After traveling all over Europe for 1 week, I finally got all the shots I needed to create an epic Beauty and The Beast photo series for Nellee. I shot a total of 3 castles and 5 cities, and I randomly stopped at small provincial villages along the way to create the images. For me the trip to Europe was a token of my love for my daughter.

The story of Beauty and The Beast has such an amazing message of true love and being accepted that I wanted to recreate the scenes with my daughter. I also wanted to create something my daughter would have forever that showed the fun relationship and the love I have for her.

A set of “before” images I used to create a final shot.
“Provincial Village”

After creating the Wonder Woman series a few months ago and having it be seen by over 35 million people, I received a ton of emails. Out of all the emails, the ones I will remember the most were from other dads who said they were inspired to spend more quality time with their daughters.

I realized that one of the most important thing we can do as parents is spent time with our kids and play a little. Remember the crazy imagination we used to have as kids? Remember all the fun we had? The time I spend with my daughter lately has been like that… dreaming and creating together, and I love it!

A set of “before” images I used to create a final shot.
“Finding The Castle”

The Photoshop portion of this shoot was insane! I had to cut out every piece of that dang gate you see above.

To get all the shots I went to some of the most extravagant castles in Europe. The main castles included the Neuschwanstein Castle and The Nymphenburg Palace, both in Germany. The image above is a mix of the Neuschwanstein Castle and a cemetery in Florence, Italy. The image below was shot at The Nymphenburg Palace.

Getting all the shots was difficult! I had about 7 days to go from city to city and get the shots I needed. Since some locations were 6 hours away, it was hard to get the best shooting conditions such as perfect time of day and good weather. Thankfully, most of the shots were indoors.

The below image was shot inside a castle in Milan Italy.

A set of “before” images I used to create a final shot.
“Escaping Into The Forest”

Nellee’s favorite part about the photo shoot was putting on her yellow dress, dancing with The Beast (me), and then taking the photos.

One of the hardest things in Photoshop is changing time of day. The only time that one of the castles was open was in the day. I needed a night time shot which would have been impossible so I had to improvise. After having all of the tiny windows cut out in Photoshop and replacing the chandeliers, I had to do some Photoshop magic to make it look like it was night time.

A set of “before” images I used to create a final shot.
“Tale as Old as Time”

My favorite part about the shoot was being involved in something that my daughter, wife and I have in common: doing photo shoots and creating magical scenes. My wife Roxana booked most of the locations for me as I was traveling, and she also found Ella Dynae to make the dresses.


About the author: Josh Rossi is a commercial and advertising photographer based in Dorado, Puerto Rico. You can find more of his work on his website, training site, Facebook, and Instagram. This article was also published here.

Wet Mount Scanning: How to Get the Highest Quality Film Scans at Home

Getting high quality film scans usually means taking your film to a local lab or sending it to a not-so-local one if there’s not a lab nearby. But there is a way to get high-quality scans done in the comfort of your own home using a flat bed film scanner; it’s called wet mount scanning.

Marc of the YouTube channel Analog Process put together this easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorial on wet mount scanning that will show you how to get the highest quality scans possible at home.

You’ll need some Scanner Mounting Fluid, acetate sheets, glass cleaner, a rocket ship duster, a couple of cloths, and your preferred flat bed scanner (Marc uses an Epson V700). Using all this instead of the film holders that came with the scanner, you will sandwich your negative between two thin layers of scanning fluid, allowing you to capture a much higher quality scan than you previously thought your scanner was capable of.

“Not only are you gonna get a really high quality scan with this, probably comparable with your local lab,” says Marc. “You’re also getting it pretty much for free.”

Check out the video up top to see Marc’s step-by-step guide, and if you’re interested in trying to wet mount yourself, head over to this link where you can find all the necessary wet mount scanning materials individually and arranged into convenient kits.

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How to Create a ‘Double Exposure’ Using Photoshop

We love a good in-camera double exposure; done right, they can look as surreal as anything we can create in post. But if you don’t have the skills, expertise, or interest in doing it in-camera, this quick tutorial shows you exactly how to fake the ‘double exposure effect’ in Photoshop.

The video is a bit dated—originally released in May of 2015—but the information and techniques work just as well today as they did a year and a half ago.

In it, Spoon Graphics shows you how to take a clean portrait and combine it with a landscape to create something beautiful and etheral. Going beyond just “this is how you drop a landscape into a portrait,” the video also shows you how to manipulate the image and background to produce the most pleasing final image possible.

No, it’s not a real double exposure—and the purists always bristle at creating something digitally that can be done in-camera—but it’s a technique many a creative would enjoy having in their tool box.