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Red River Pros: Chris Crisman

Chris Crisman at Red River Paper Pro Corner

Free-lance professional photographer

Chris Crisman is a Philadelphia-based photographer specializing in people and environments. He has done work for major clients including Merck Pharmaceuticals, Warner Bros. Records and Allstate Insurance, and his images have appeared in dozens of publications including Forbes, Business Week, American Photography, Field and Stream, Ladies Home Journal and Popular Science.

Chris Crisman - Free-lance professional photographer
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The Client

Personal project.

The Assignment

Create a photograph with a commanding subject presence, set against an ethereal and fantastical background.

The Execution

"The model was photographed on location at Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant NJ , in front of the shark tank, with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III using a 24-70mm lens, Two large Photek octabank softboxes were used for lighting, which allowed for the soft yet sculptural light. Multiple exposures of the tank behind her were then taken to allow for a cohesive image."

Post Production

“The post production was handled by our digital artist. The process involved combining multiple photographs and exposures of the shark tank to achieve the desired number of fish and complexity of environment. This method also allowed us to blend different exposures and tones of the tank, further creating an appropriate background for our subject.”

The Output

“The choice of paper is key for keeping with the natural, soft and sometimes ethereal feel of my images. Most gloss or satin papers contain optical brighteners and other enhancements that detract from the natural quality and feel of a true rag paper. To keep with that natural feel of my images, I use Aurora Art Natural paper. Since it is made with 100% rag cotton, and contains no additives, the colors and tones look very true, and the paper itself feels great. I use it for everything from fine art prints, to portfolio pages, to promotional materials. It worked particularly well with this image.”


Chris Crisman’s web site is at: He may be contacted at: [email protected]

Favorite Papers

UltraPro Satin

UltraPro Satin looks and feels just like traditional photo lab paper and features a medium depth luster finish.

Favorite Of: Jim DiVitale & Peter Randall

River Linen

River Linen adds a special dimension to your printed image with its premium quality linen surface paper.

Favorite Of: JVS & Helene Glassman

Aurora Art

Made using fine 100% cotton rag content, Aurora Art White and Aurora Art Natural offers the look and feel of fine art paper.

Favorite of: Marilyn Sholin, Matt Hoyle, Susan McCartney, & Kaitlin Walsh

Arctic Polar Satin

With its crisp blue white shade, Arctic Polar Satin ensures your images will project more brilliance. Its state of the art microporous coating will enhance details and color saturation.

Favorite of: Al Francekevich & Susan McCartney

Polar Gloss Metallic 255

Your images will take on a brilliant, almost luminescent quality with Polar Gloss Metallic 255. Everything from airplanes to flowers will look bolder, more saturated, and more real.

Favorite Of: Dan Shepherd

Last updated: September 03, 2021

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