I am a professional studio photographer also shooting for the film and television industry and travel/adventure. Feel free to contact me if you have any comments or would like any photography advice. I would love to hear from you! Email Diyah Complete portfolios can be found at: diyahperaphotography.com and diyahperafilm.com
Working on films can expose you to places and situations that you may never find yourself in otherwise. I had the privilege of being the still photographer on "Charlie St. Cloud". There is a lot of sailing in the storyline which meant I spent a lot of time trying to stabilize myself in a boat and shoot photos at the same time. It sounds quite pleasant being out there in the sun and sea, shooting photos of hunky Zac Efron but it is was not easy. I was lucky to find a spot in the "camera boat" while we shot the action in a boat holding the actors beside us. Most of the time I was shooting with my Nikon 70 to 200 zoom lens while our boat was moving and rocking. I tried to root myself by standing with my legs wide and holding the lens steady and shooting the actors who were also in a boat that was moving and rocking. Putting a camera on a monopod would only make the camera jerk more. Then I often had to look out of the corner of my eye to duck when the motion film camera came flying by my head on the boom that you see in the "behind the scenes photo" below. At this point I was very thankful for the little bit of martial arts training I had that taught me how to duck under a blow while holding a camera that weighs about 8 pounds with lens and sound housing. It was challenging but a lot of fun too.
When using a long lens especially when you are not stable, it is very important to keep a very high shutter speed so as not to blur the image. This was shot at 250th of a second with a focal length of 155. I had a nice low ISO of 200 to preserve quality. With the abundance of light I was still able to keep a large depth of field of F8.
I took this photo while on a boat that was taking me out to the camera boat.
I took this photograph while on a week long walk through the desert of the Western Sahara in Morocco. This vast landscape appeared to be virtually void of features which heightened my sense of the subtle changes in light and form. The week long walk was not always through beautiful sand dunes; often it was flat and gravely with the odd tree. After a day of walking with our small party of Moroccans and a French Canadian, I felt the chatter in my head slip away into a deep walking meditation. I was surprised at my power of observation in the following days and how tuned in I was to everything around me. The camels were just as much a part of our party with their different personalities as all of the human beings in our group. The walking meditation connected to me to the earth and he living creatures around me in a ways I have never felt before nor felt since. It is a challenge to translate this feeling in an photographic image but my intention was to created images that could e…
Quite often it is the job of the studio photographer to flatter the subject as much as possible. Women most often are lit and photographed in a way to make them look flawless and ageless. It is not everyday that a real live monster steps into your studio and it is your job to glorify all of the gory details. What fun!!!! Here are 2 Zombies that I shot for the poster art for the film "Cabin in The Woods". To transform these performers into Zombies it takes hours of laborious work from an amazing special effects team and a lot of patience from the ones being transformed. My first inclination when photographing the undead would be to throw most of the creature into shadow and let the viewer's imagination take over. However, upon looking at the incredible details of the make up and costume, I realized that I had light it is such a way that the details could be seen and still maintain a mysterious feeling with shadow.
I chose rim lighting from behind the subject on bo…
Isabella Rossellini was drawn to Winnipeg Manitoba to play the role of a legless Beer Baroness in the art film, "The Saddest Music In the World". Her legs had been replaced by prosthetic beer filled glasses and she draws musicians in from all over the world to hold a contest for the saddest song. Isabella is no stranger to unique film making and she braved the Winnipeg winter where it is common to have days that are -30 Celcius to work with film maker and Winnipeg icon, Guy Maddin. I too was drawn back to Winnipeg where I lived from the ages of 15 to 20 to work with Guy who I had known from the past. The studio where we were filming was an old empty hangar which was only heated in a couple of areas. While the crew were wearing huge Sorel boots and massive down filled parkas, the performers were sporting costumes of winter wear from the depression era. I was very excited to find out that I would have an opportunity to have my own photo shoot with Isabella for the poster …