We rarely see photographers’ grueling work behind the scenes to capture amazing pictures. It often involves finding the perfect shooting locations and a crew to take charge of the models and lighting effects. Thus, you really can’t expect spending very little in photoshoots.
However, one photographer is changing the name of the game. Vatsal Kataria is a commercial still life photographer who does miniature photography and turns fantasies into reality. His craft allows him to take astounding photos with breath-taking landscapes all in the comfort of his studio. He even shoots mind-blowing locations such as rocky mountains and raging seas without breaking a sweat. The best thing about everything is his photoshoots are all budget-friendly.
Looks like a scene from a movie? Actually, it was all shot in a home studio!
How did he do it? He made use of stuff just lying around to create his props and dioramas. Those enormous mountains? They were made up of plaster of parts and old paper. The roads were polystyrene sheets and mixture of plaster and black paint. He also used some polystyrene sheets, homemade foliage, baking powder for snow and some paints.
Just a touch of Photoshop afterwards and the results are pricey-looking photos beyond imagination. The process takes him 3-15 days from concept-making to the execution of the project.
According to Kataria,
“It’s just a myth that you cannot do great photography without great and expensive props and utilities. It’s endless what you can do with it and do it the way you want to.”
Check out his amazing photographs below:
Interested in trying miniature photography? Kataria shares the process of how he makes his props and dioramas to finishing up via Photoshop on his YouTube channel. Here is how to make the ‘Space Stroll’ photograph.
The Winners of This Year’s Sony World Photography Awards Has Just Been Revealed
Such breathtaking photos!
The annual Sony World Photography Awards is known for showcasing the most breathtaking photos from around the world - and this year is in no way different. In fact, the recently announced winners of this year's competition will definitely leave you in awe.
The world-famous contest has four categories: Professional, which are judged on a body of work; Open, for best single images; Youth, for young photographers aged 12 to 19 years, and; Student Focus, which is open to those who are studying photography. Winners of each category will be awarded prizes including cash, Sony digital imaging equipment, and the opportunity to have their work displayed in an exhibition. This year, the photo exhibition for the winners will take place in London, United Kingdom.
Aside from the winners for each category, the National Awards also featured one photo among all the entries from each participating country. Each photo has a profound meaning, has depth, and exudes its own charm - a certain appeal that will captivate those who will set their eyes on it....
Mesmerizing Mermaid Swims In A 10,000 Plastic Bottle Ocean To Inspire Change
Think twice before you use more plastic.
Don't let her delicate shine fool you; this mermaid means business. For Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong's latest project titled Mermaids Hate Plastic, he took photos of a mermaid swimming in an ocean of plastic to raise awareness about pollution.
In case you didn't know, the average American uses about 167 plastic bottles a year. By the time he's 60, he will have used 10,000 plastic bottles. These plastics don't just cause water pollution. When they release toxins and contaminate water sources, they can also negatively affect air quality.
Benjamin Von Wong's Mermaids Hate Plastic project aims to stop people's excessive plastic consumption.
New York Artist Builds the Most Mind-Blowing Sandcastles
For over 30 years, artist Calvin Seibert has just been going with the flow when he builds awesome sandcastles.
While many artists take great care to preserve their work, New York-based Calvin Seibert isn't really concerned about that.
You see, Seibert's incredible works of art are built on beaches. That means his geometrically precise sandcastles only exist for a limited time.