The Fine Art Photography of Alex Schaefer

Fine art photography by Alex Schaefer


Alex Schaefer is a photographer based in New York City. He divides his time between working as a camera assistant on feature length and short films, and photography. You’ll notice several themes running through his fine art work – use of natural light; highly stylised imagery using dark backgrounds; self-portraiture and a lot of Photoshop manipulation. The result is a series of beautiful, thought-provoking images.

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Do Electronic Viewfinders Belong in Digital SLRs?

Electronic viewfinders in digital SLRS

According to Canon Rumors, Canon may be planning to release a digital SLR camera with an electronic viewfinder. We won’t know whether Canon will ever include an electronic viewfinder in a digital SLR until it actually happens. But it raises the interesting question: is there anything to be gained by placing an electronic viewfinder in a digital SLR camera?

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A Short Guide to Using Smart Previews in Lightroom 5

How to use Lightroom Smart Previews

Before Lightroom 5, Lightroom only let you process photos in the Develop module when the hard drive containing the original Raw files was attached to the computer. If you stored your photos on a separate hard drive, and the drive was disconnected, you weren’t able to process them.

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Portrait Processing in Lightroom

Portrait retouching in Lightroom

Today I’d like to take a look at a portrait that I took last week and show you how I processed it in Lightroom.

I took this photo of Ashley one evening last week. The light was very soft. The sun had gone down behind a hill, leaving us in shade. We took this photo by the beach. It was rocky and the stones in this photo caught my eye when we looked for places to take photos. I liked the colours, the textures and the rounded edges of the stones. There was also a place where I could stand and look down to take the photo.

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My Top Ten Photos for 2014

Top ten black and white photos 2014

January is a natural time for thinking about what you’ve achieved in the year that’s just passed. In relation to photography, I like to spend a little time going over my best photos taken during the previous 12 months and selecting my favourite ten. Then, once chosen, I compare them to my favourite photos taken in previous years. The idea is to see what themes and ideas emerge, and to get an idea of where my photography is going.

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320 Icelanders

320 Icelanders by fine art photographer Varvara Lozenko

I’ve talked on this blog before about both projects and portraits – coming up with an interesting portrait based project is a great way to both get motivated and improve your portrait taking skills.

Fine art photographer Varvara Lozenko has undertaken an ambitious portrait project – 320 Icelanders. Still in progress, the aim of the project is to take portraits of 320 Icelandic people, representing different aspects of life in the country. The country has a population of 320,000, so each portrait represents a thousandth of the island’s population. It’s a beautiful idea and an inspiring story. I wanted to find out more, and invited her for an interview.

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How to Uncrop Square Format Images in Lightroom

How to uncrop square format photos in Lightroom

Nowadays most new digital cameras give you the option of selecting an aspect ratio other than that native to the camera’s sensor. Many readers will be aware that I’m a big fan of the square format. So when I bought my Fujifilm X-T1 camera I was looking forward to trying this feature out.

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Mastering Lightroom: Book Five – The Other Modules

Mastering Lightroom: Book Five – The Other Modules

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My latest ebook is released today.

Mastering Lightroom: Book Five – The Other Modules completes the Mastering Lightroom series of ebooks. It is written for photographers who want to learn how to use Lightroom’s Map, Book, Slide show, Print and Web modules, building upon the earlier books in the series (where you learnt how to organise and process your Raw files).

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Thoughts on Taking Portraits with the Fujifilm X-T1 Camera

Portrait taken with Fujifilm X-T1 camera & 56mm f1.2 Fujinon lens

A few weeks ago I purchased a Fujifilm X-T1 camera. I’ll explain why at the end of the article, but first I’d like to share my thoughts regarding the suitability of this camera for portrait photography.

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How to Choose Your Next EOS Camera (late 2014)

EOS cameras

Note: This is an update of previous articles. You can read the orginals here and here.

In my ebook Understanding EOS I write about ways you can improve your photography without buying a new EOS camera. The unwritten premise of the ebook is that you can take better photos with the camera that you already have by learning how to take control of fuctions such as aperture, shutter speed, Picture Style and white balance. I also write about how composition and an understanding of light are just as important as technical mastery of your camera. Those things don’t change, no matter which camera you own.

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Learn how to use Lightroom's Map, Book, Slideshow, Print & Web modules with Mastering Lightroom: Book Five