Kevin Forti has always had a passion for photography. After a serious accident left him unable to continue working in construction, he revisited his youthful passion of photography. He enrolled in New England School of Photography in Boston and graduated with a concentration in photojournalism. While attending, he was inspired by both Henri Cartier-Bresson’s street photography and Linda McCartney’s candid images. Learn tips and tricks to how Kevin captures candid photography.
Join photographer and educator Rad Drew for this workflow and artistic webinar as he shows his method of using Topaz tools to turn your images into works of art. Whether using Topaz Impression or Topaz Texture Effects, see how Rad Drew processes images using these and other Topaz products to create beautiful works from color and infrared images.
Step, count to 10, step, step, step, count to 10, and repeat! This recurring mantra fills my every thought as I ascend the formidable Langma La, a high pass that guards the entrance to the Kharta Valley on the east side of Mount Everest. At 5360m/17,585 feet you reach a series of rock cairns mostly hidden under miles of multi-coloured prayer flags: This is Tibet personified; thin air, faith and huge mountains – the Himalaya.
What took me there, why did I want to go, and why do I continue to go back, when again and again I swear it’ll be the last time!?
I won’t bore you with my entire life-story, but by the mid-2000’s I was living in a small mountain town in Southwest China, in the Province of Yunnan. My wife, who is Chinese, visited Tibet in 2006 and fell in love with the place, the people and the unknown – and as a smart husband, I knew to make my wife happy meant me being happy! I was away overseas on a business trip when I spoke to her on the phone – “I’ve changed your flight back” she says – “We’ve moved.” In the two weeks I’d been away, she had sold our 4×4, my motorbike, all our furniture and a good chunk of other personal items. I was so used to this wonderful way of life that my only question was “Sure thing, where to?”
One word that changed my life forever followed – “Lhasa”
Welcome to another post from our Topaz series, Behind the Lens! Today we’ll be learning more about Bob Kramer of Rat Rod Studios. Learn how Bob got started and see his work flow process, hear about creative challenges, and see a collection of images!
From Drawing to Post Processing
I was an art major in school and decided to use a camera instead of drawing by hand when I was around 30 years old. I also enjoyed taking photos. Now I prefer the post process of working on an image. I really enjoy taking images of things that tell a story… like the homeless on Venice and Santa Monica beaches. I’ve never like to take wedding or birthday photos or that type of photography.