Featured Artist: Barbara Rahal

This week, we are excited to share this creative session photographed by Barbara Rahal. Barbara is a portrait and wedding photographer based in Edmonton, AB. She travels the world to photograph weddings but she also enjoys creating more personal work when she is back home.

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TC: What was your inspiration for that photo session? And what are the challenges faced during the session?

Barbara Rahal: I needed to STOP my editing work routine. I was tired of going with the flow and needed to push myself and get out of my comfort zone, experience a different atmosphere, no judgement, no rules, no fears, to let go and create... so I held an open invitation for others to join me, as I know this kind of days always ignite my creativity and wanted others to feel that energy too and feed their creative souls.

That was my goal for my first "creative day for the soul" as I called this simple gathering of a like-minded artist.

I shared my process with others and let them create on their own...we all left so refresh and with new exciting art pieces. I was scared as too many people had RSVP but I knew not everyone will show up in the end. I will be hosting from now on, these at least once a month with limited numbers of attendees so whoever attends get the full experience.

 

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TC: What gear did you use for this session?

BR: I shot with a Fuji XT2 and a 23mm.

TC: What does your post-production process look like?

BR: I shot these images on my Fuji Xt2, on raw and also with a custom JPG file, designed in a way of taking the preset and have a simple one-click edit... very small tweak is needed if any. 

Most of these images are Jpeg files edited in Photoshop Camera Raw and a few are raw files edited in Lightroom first and finalized in Photoshop.

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TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?

BR: I have been involved in so many different genres and types of photography for the past 23 years, I feel every one of them and the people I have met and work with throughout this period has taught me something and every one collaborated bit by bit in making me who I am today as a photographer...I could say that somehow I used to be a formula photographer, I knew what it had to be done in order to get a good photograph but I would not pay much attention to how I felt about it. Now it's the opposite, I feel it in my body when I am taking or creating a good image, it is pretty incredible, you hold your breath as you click the shutter, and boom you know you got it. From being a more technical photographer I have evolved into being an emotional artist.

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TC: What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?

BR: I don't own much gear but I love my old 50mm that I use for free lensing. I shoot with a Nikon d750 and a Fuji Xt2 these days. I love my 35mm and my 105mm lens both 1.4.

I use the Flint & Steel presets by Tribe Red Leaf to edit my photos. 

TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?

BR: To trust their vision, each one of us sees the world in such a different way, value it. There is only one YOU, be yourself, do you and trust. Do not worry about what others think of you or worry about what others are doing. Also, you do not need every new lens or gadget out there, find what you love the most of what you have and master it in your own way.

 

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All photos courtesy of Barbara Rahal. Edited with the Flint & Steel presets by Tribe Red Leaf.