• Icons of Style: Andy Warhol

    Style  

    In his closet: Tuxedos, knit and repp ties, leather café racer jacket, grosgrain belts, Oxford cloth button downs, plaid sport shirts, sweater vests, striped tees

    Iconic look: Clear frame eyeglasses, sportcoat, dress shirt, repp tie, Levi's jeans

    Key accessories: Cartier tank wristwatch, camera, human skull

    Thing you can't imitate: His satirical eye

    Jan 30, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    ernie left a comment on 2/1/2013 at 5:33 PM:

    for a style icon, his hair sure is out of wack


    scaleworm left a comment on 1/31/2013 at 8:40 PM:

    I never thought of him as ugly. He was very creative, very inventive, and very cool, but not “ugly”.


    TRMay left a comment on 1/31/2013 at 8:24 PM:

    Style Icon indeed, but also a Friend Icon; look at the company the man kept!


    Tripp left a comment on 1/31/2013 at 3:35 AM:

    i love all of Andy’s work, but he was just so ugly. i can’t get past that.


    scaleworm left a comment on 1/30/2013 at 11:42 PM:

    I do love Andy. I used to not, thinking him an art fraud, but then, years ago, I attended a show of his work as a student artist, and I really did like what he did. Wish I could have met him. Oh Well, too late for that now….


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  • Earn Your Stripes

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY

    Noteworthy: yellow striped wool socks (yellow socks go with most everything), wool/cashmere navy blazer.

    Jan 28, 2013 | Permalink (15) View/Leave Comments

    paula beard left a comment on 4/22/2013 at 3:42 AM:

    nice sight can i subscribe


    Skywalker left a comment on 2/15/2013 at 8:25 PM:

    Any info on the pants? I’m in desperate need of some grey flannels and these look great


    Average Man's Fitness and Style left a comment on 2/3/2013 at 2:23 PM:

    Love the socks and jacket. http://averagemanfitnessandstyle.blogspot.ca/


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/29/2013 at 6:42 PM:

    @R.W. Kirk & MK—The socks and scarf are Ralph Lauren.


    MK left a comment on 1/29/2013 at 5:26 PM:

    Nice scarf! Where did you get it?


    H.K. Rahman left a comment on 1/29/2013 at 2:34 PM:

    Love the socks, so I suppose that breaking the trousers on the shoe would not show them off. I am generally not a fan of short inseams, but you’ve pulled this look off rather well!


    khordkutta left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 10:52 PM:

    GREAT look FEC


    MGM left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 6:45 PM:

    FEC—Ha!  Well put, my friend.  Let’s just say that I like both the “unabashedly” preppy look and the more business professional look.  (:


    R.W. Kirk left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 4:38 PM:

    Where are the socks from? Good wool stockings are hard to find these days.


    Dan left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 4:26 PM:

    By far one of your most stylish and tasteful shots! MORE!!


    Orgastic Future left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 4:19 PM:

    Nice bro! Side note: is there a new playlist a brewing?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 4:14 PM:

    @MGM—Nothing is ever enough.


    MGM left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 4:12 PM:

    Very well done, FEC.  This is a solid, professional look.  However, it is not very “unabashedly” preppy.  (:


    Chens left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 1:49 PM:

    Surprisingly reserved. Well done.


    Saturdays left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 11:59 AM:

    I think Nick Hilton can use a new F . E Castleberry photoshoot to give their site some spice. It looks very dull compared to the F/W ‘10 and ‘11 shoots.

    As always, splendid photo!


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  • Published in Man of the World, No. 2

    Miscellany  

    Man of the World, a sophisticated men’s lifestyle handbook and online store that caters to gentlemen who seek a lifestyle of class (their words, not mine), just published their second issue. It’s a high gloss, thick, quarterly showcasing beautiful photography, interviews, and short form articles that keep you flipping through the 220 some-odd pages. They’re the latest to drum up a feature on artist, collector, and good friend, Ali.

    Some of you may remember Ali pulling back the curtain on his place for me over two years ago...which he’d never done for anyone up to that point. On one of my many trips back to his Brooklyn loft, I shot this photo of him below. Anyhow, it’s always an honor for my work to find itself amongst such great company. That, and seeing your stuff in print never gets old.

    Jan 25, 2013 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    MGM left a comment on 1/25/2013 at 9:40 PM:

    Yes, congrats.  Also, thank you for the tip.  This magazine looks great and is something I am going to subscribe to.  I love reading up on tips about how to achieve ever-greater sophistication in all things material—- home decoration, dress, products, etc.  This magazine seems just perfect.  Thanks!


    cam left a comment on 1/25/2013 at 10:44 AM:

    Congratulations on this achievement sir


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  • Tips for Better iPhone Photographs

    Miscellany  

    I’m often asked by folks who follow my Instagram feed and inspiration wall, “How do I take better photography with my iPhone?” Most of the photographs I shoot on a daily basis are taken with my iPhone. Why the iPhone and not my professional Canon gear? Simply put, the best camera is the one you have with you...and I always have my iPhone with me.

    Keep compositions simple

    When shooting with your iPhone, look for easily readable patterns or symmetry. Keep in mind that photos sent to other phones will be viewed small. This image of a door in Oxford, England struck me for its clean lines and symmetry.

    Be intentional about cropping

    Every image I shoot is cropped after the fact. The native crop ratio isn’t always what best suits the composition. For example, a square format is popular on Instagram whereas landscapes are better suited to cinematic ratios.

    Choose a window seat

    When flying, choose a window seat. The view is nice from 36,000 feet above sea level. This image was created while en route to The Bahamas. Using iPhone’s grid, the island is intentionally composed at the lower right/third of the frame with leading lines guide the eye diagonally from right to left.

    Turn the grid on

    The “Rule of Thirds” is one of the first principles students of photography learn in the classroom. While this principle can be broken in good taste, you will consistently create better images by employing it. Turning the optional grid on in the iPhone’s camera will help ensure it is always top of mind. I keep mine on all the time.

    Embrace motion

    Motion often conveys emotion—it’s a heightened candid moment. Capturing motion with an iPhone often results in part of your image being blurry—and that’s okay! I shot this image at a Girl Talk show during last summer’s Firefly Music Festival. What makes this work is the motion of the hands and confetti set against a backdrop that is sharp and in focus. Every time I look at I’m right back in the middle of that swarming, sweaty rave.

    Good light is key

    For the last six years, I have created photographs with available sunlight almost exclusively. It’s simple, yet it can take months to recognize poor light from good light, and years to recognize good light from great light. The iPhone’s simple but capable lens is best suited for shooting with natural light. This high peak pole tent was shot and hour or two before sunset, what is commonly referred to as “golden hour.”

    Don’t just stand there

    Most, if not all these images I shot here were not created by me just standing up straight and holding my iPhone out. At 6’0” I often get low, then lower in framing my composition. Or in the case of the letter opener and magnifying glass, shooting down from up above.

    Use your flash sparingly

    While natural light often creates better images on the iPhone, the flash can be used to achieve a certain effect (also read “The Terry Richardson” effect) when you want a harsh drop shadow. This image of my Swiss army knife in a cork was shot against a white wall in order to create the drop shadow.

    Zoom with your feet

    The digital zoom might be the most useless feature of the iPhone’s camera—stay away from it. It’s quite deceiving actually. Instead of the lens zooming in, the iPhone is actually cropping in close on your image before you ever release the shutter. When you want to get closer, use your feet. It produces a crisper, higher resolution image.

    Use two hands for stability

    Whether I’m shooting in portrait or landscape mode, I like to hold the iPhone in both hands and release the shutter with my right thumb. This minimizes camera shake in lower light. To further minimize camera shake, hold your thumb down on the shutter until you are ready to take the picture.

    Be aware of moments

    Some of the most powerful candid photographs depict people in some portion of the full spectrum of human emotion. Easier said than done of course. Capturing the “decisive moment” is an art form that is often honed over a lifetime—Henri Cartier-Bresson was arguably the best at it. But it starts with being aware of what’s around you...and then rattling off a bunch of shots. After the moment has passed, go back and pick the decisive one. Apple recently made it easier to capture these moments by granting quicker access to the iPhone camera from the lock screen using just one swipe.

    Use the AE/AF lock

    As you may already know, you can tap once on the iPhone’s screen to focus and set the exposure of your image...but then you move slightly and the exposure changes on you. By tapping and holding on the area you want to expose for, the AE/AF lock is activated. This feature allows you to shoot back-lit photographs like this one of my boys in the backseat of my Bimmer. The bright sun was coming in through the back window and by locking the exposure on their darker clothing, I was able to properly expose for their clothes and faces.

    Look for people or objects to create a sense of scale

    It’s always a good idea to try and include a person or object in your composition to give a sense of scale. The patrons and waitstaff outside of P.J. Clarke’s do just that.

    Use an app to develop your images

    I use Visual Supply Co’s VSCO Cam app to develop my iPhone images. It’s a beautifully simple camera app that allows me to achieve the look and feel of film. You can adjust white balance, exposure, save highlights, add fill, and add film grain among a handful of other features. It’s not over the top or heavy handed, it’s just right.

    Jan 23, 2013 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    scaleworm left a comment on 1/30/2013 at 11:47 PM:

    I agree, whatever is at hand, that takes images is the camera to use. I have thinking for a bit if an x100 but then would I carry it about with me all of the time for images? I take lots of images of my two daughters, and on my macbook they look Great!
    Thanks!


    Bob Strassel Jr. left a comment on 1/30/2013 at 10:04 PM:

    Thanks for the great tips. I feel like I just took a master’s class in photography! Love the P.J Clarkes shot (used to be an old fav. of mine), great perspective.


    Giovanni Piazza left a comment on 1/25/2013 at 8:54 AM:

    Nice tips. I checked out the app and ended up downloading it. It has since taken my iPhone photo game to a whole new level haha. Thanks Castelberry!


    emjkmj left a comment on 1/24/2013 at 8:44 PM:

    Thanks for the pointers Fred!  I started photography as a hobby a year ago…  Very therapeutic.  I just picked up a Leica Monochrom now researching 50mm lenses.


    S/Amatourist left a comment on 1/24/2013 at 3:24 PM:

    very useful pointers. and great shots. man, i can smell that old BMW leather.


    alicia left a comment on 1/24/2013 at 11:14 AM:

    thank you so very much - i have picked up many good tips!  i follow your instagram & love your images.  i am going to try the app you mention.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/23/2013 at 5:01 PM:

    @Charysse G.R.—You’re welcome. I’ve never come across this “purple streak” you mentioned…?


    Charysse G. R. left a comment on 1/23/2013 at 4:59 PM:

    Thanks for the tips! Definitely needed them! I was wondering how you avoid the “purple streak” a lot of iPhone 5 users have a problem with…? Thanks!


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  • Chilled to the Bone

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: navy/white herringbone sportcoat, blackwatch gloves, corduroy vest.

    Jan 21, 2013 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    WMM left a comment on 1/24/2013 at 2:24 PM:

    I’ve always been curious as the fashion vs. function element to a lot of the clothing that is detailed here.  For example, a shooting patch on a vest in the middle of NYC.


    Andrew left a comment on 1/23/2013 at 12:49 PM:

    Why is the sock/no sock question such a big deal? It’s clearly an issue of preference. If the look works and the person likes the breeze on their ankles, let it be.


    MGM left a comment on 1/21/2013 at 9:59 PM:

    FEC makes a good point—women do indeed go sockless all the time; still, though, I must admit that my eyes were also immediately directed at the ankles, and I was rather surprised that this fine gentleman did not have on any socks, especially considering all the layers he has on.  I think that the no sock look works extremely well with a polo and a pair of summer white slacks.  But I question whether it is appropriate with this winter look.

    Also, I like the slim vest inside the sportcoat instead of wearing the vest over the sportcoat. Solid look overall.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/21/2013 at 8:12 PM:

    @Michael—He is without socks, however, I imagine he’s warm enough with the layers he has on. And women go sockless all the time in winter, do they not? Is the issue really about warmth?


    Michael left a comment on 1/21/2013 at 8:08 PM:

    Is he going sockless? Even on a mild winter day, I still think socks (at least thin ones) are mandatory for me.


    Jay left a comment on 1/21/2013 at 5:06 PM:

    The top looks great. The blazer/vest combination works well.


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