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In box we missed a proclamation buzzing around print sites a integrate months ago, Adorama and photographer Nigel Barker put out a casting call looking for photographers to contest in a new existence series/competition called “Top Photographer with Nigel Barker”. In this  5 partial web series, any partial revolves around a specific print genre that hurdles a photographers to fire for a winning image. The uncover is hosted by Nigel and also has internationally known, award-winning photographers as guest judges. Of a 5 finalists chosen, a leader of a grand esteem gets a photography apparatus package valued during $50k as good as a print muster in New York City hosted by Nigel after a culmination airs. That sounded like an extraordinary event and some flattering honeyed prizes to me!

 

I was vehement about this event so we indeed submitted a requested “one print only” upload with an entrance form.  A integrate weeks after a entrance duration ended, we perceived an email observant we done it into a second turn of casting. This was it… we was finally going to be discovered! We were educated to make and upload a 30 second video of ourselves introducing ourselves and revelation since it would be good to win a competition. Well, we never listened back, so that’s as tighten as we got to being flown to NYC to be on a show.. oh well, subsequent time! Of a thousands who submitted themselves, a propitious finalists are Andrew Kearns, Scott Borrero, Roxy Rodriguez, Jamiya Wilson and Chris Palermo. Congratulations to all! Check out their particular web sites, they have some unequivocally good work.

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Each photographer was pronounced to be selected for their strengths in any given genre of photography. But those genres that they surpass in competence not be a thesis in any of a episodes, so they have to step out of their comfort section and fire in a studio when they’ve never shot with studio lights or fire sports when their strength is lifestyle, etc. All 5 contestants seem to be in their midst 20’s or early 30’s during most. So we have to consider a lot of courtesy was given to demographics in their casting. Apparently no aged pro photographers done a cut. But we digress.

As a photographer that loves behind a scenes videos of print shoots, we was unequivocally looking brazen to saying this series. we used to watch “America’s Next Top Model” and quick brazen by a great and play to get to a print fire partial so we could see their lighting set-ups. This is not a initial time a photographer themed existence series/competitions has surfaced. Back in 2007 there was a uncover called “The Shot” on VH1 (also combined by Nigel Barker). And in 2010, on a some-more existence TV side, Bravo aired 6 episodes of “Double Exposure” featuring genuine life luminary print shoots with famed photographers Markus Klinko and Indriani.

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If a format of this sounds a lot like a photographer chronicle of “America’s Next Top Model”, you’re right. Not startling given Nigel Barker has been a photographer and decider on “ANTM” for 17 seasons. It’s a same regulation of introducing a photographers to a new plea any week, slicing between talk clips of what a photographers were meditative during a process, and afterwards of course, a over-dramatic  tribal drums start personification as they move out a photographers to face a judges critique of their work. As always, someone wins a plea and someone goes home, expelling someone any week compartment a final week where it will be between a final two photographers.

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The contestants all have to select between regulating a Canon EOS 1DX MKII or a Canon 5D MKIV and a accumulation of Canon lenses, Profoto lights, and Adorama light modifiers, that is not startling given they’re sponsors of a show. Other than constrained apparatus brands, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of importance on a rigging or anything technical. So if you’re looking to learn some prohibited print tricks, you’re out of luck. Instead a uncover focuses on a contestants formulating a constrained picture within a time support and resources they’re given. They don’t get most time during all to detect and govern a shot, so a coercion of a time support plays a large purpose in a drama, and so does witnessing a strengths and stipulations of a photographers artistic and technical ability levels.

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As of this writing, there have been 3 of a 5 episodes aired. The plea of a initial partial was to emanate a constrained movement sports sketch of Olympic Fencer, Miles Chamley-Watson in a studio setting. The guest print judges were David Bergman and Ben Lyons. The second partial was to showcase a conform line of Pamela Roland and Emily Soto was a guest print judge. And a third plea was to fire a landscape of New York City during nightfall atop of a Empire State Building. Guest judges were Jeremy Jauncey and Tom Jauncey.

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On one hand, we consider a lot of photographers will suffer examination this. If for zero else, for it’s theme matter of photography. It’s not mostly we get a uncover like this, so appreciate we Nigel and Adorama! On a other hand, we consider a lot of photographers will watch this and have their possess opinions about what creates a “Top Photographer”. We all know by now that “reality TV” is light on a existence and some-more about entertainment situations, fanning play and formulating tragedy by song and editing. Nevertheless, I’m looking brazen to saying a rest of a episodes, since it’s fun to watch and suppose how ourselves as photographers, would approach each print challenge.

Have we watched any of a episodes yet? Who do we consider will win?


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