Dani Diamond is a twenty-six-year-old New York photographer, originally from Ohio, who has become something of a social media sensation. His presence is split between Instagram, two Facebook accounts (see below for image-links), his own site, and the photography site Fstoppers, where he’s a senior writer. – tho’ he became very disillusioned with Facebook after spending a considerable amount boosting some posts, only to find the platform subsequently reduced the reach of his regular ones, hoping for more cash.
I personally find him interesting for two reasons – first that he’s becoming more and more enamoured of working with children (he’s an admitted introvert, so probably finds kids’ spontaneity a big plus), and secondly that he’s perfectly happy to dish out free advice whenever necessary (and seems to be one of the few busy professionals to answer commenters’ questions – no matter how many, and how basic).
Over time his advice has been a little confusing, as he’s gone from over-emphasis on the hard- and software…:
“I shoot to edit!”
“Photoshop is the most powerful tool which is why I use it.”
“How Retouching Made Me A Better Photographer…” (Dani Diamond, various)
…….until falling in love with portrait photography (relatively recently, in fact), made him increasingly aware of the importance of the emotive factor:
“Camera, lens and settings are all technical fluff that handicaps the mind into thinking there are limits on your creativity.”
“The day you realize it’s not about the camera, you improve infinitely as a photographer.”
“To me, the expression you capture is what makes a truly great portrait.” (Ibid)
“Dani focuses on the relationship between subject and photographer. The technical details are there, but if there is no expression…there is no great portrait. Retouching, lighting, gear – it doesn’t matter unless the connection and moment is there to build on.”(Matty Graham on Danidiamond.com)
The results, however, speak for themselves – never have head/upper-torso shots been more expressive – here’s some more of his fashion and portrait work:
……and you can see Dani himself in a six-year-old’s very creditable portrait in the Facebook link below….as far as I can tell, his family origins are Iranian – and he’s a very goodlooking guy, recently married to Etty….