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Jun 27

Trends for the Artistic Photographer & Photography tips

Ashley AlexissTrends for the Artistic Photographer – Make your image stand out Tips !

Black and White   Although black and white photography is not trendy, it has staying power and will remain a classic among photographers. If, for example you take an image of a deeply green forest thick with fog and change it to black and white, you get a different vibe or story. In color the forest seems alive, lush, the fog will add a soft quietness. Black and white however, gives this scene a haunted, foreboding feeling, the fog becomes menacing, a danger. Black and white photos also uses light and shadow that will give more depth to the image, and presence to your subject and can express strong emotion.

Film Cameras   While film does have its disadvantages, cost, limited shots, and the inability of preview, it does have a soft and rustic look. This may be due to camera’s sensors and its remarkable ability to capture light, especially natural light. Film cameras are impractical for professional use, but for the hobbyist and the artistic photographers, they have a value and quality above digital. The demand for vintage high-quality film cameras is climbing, and sadly some are purchased as collections doomed to sit on a shelf and gather dust.

Digital Infrared   Playing with infrared effects is far more easier than it was when photographers used film cameras. It required special film and filters plus it had to be stored in certain temperatures, it was only for the serious and most dedicated photographer. Today, most digital cameras have built in IR filter, you can also have yours customized too. Photoshop and Elements have settings to convert colored photos to infrared black and white or monochromatic. If you want a clean detailed and sharper image, it’s best to convert your digital to an IR dedicated camera. There are some filters you can purchase as well.   High Closeup of Onion plantDynamic Range Imaging   Or HDRI for short, gives your images a wider and deeper range of colors and depth by combining several shots all with varying exposures of the same image to create one magnificent and powerful image. This process has been used since the early days of film and it’s gaining popularity. With the help of photography processing software you can layer your multiple exposure level images for maximum effect and a realistic image that’s closer to what the human eye sees.

Macro Photography   Getting uber close-ups of smaller objects at 6 inches to 2 feet away. Macro lenses allow photographers to gain far more cleaner detailed close-ups. Just remember if you’re new to photography it’s about the numbers (60mm to 200mm) not the label, learn the difference between macro lens versus macro zoom. Macro lenses are very specific and corrected lenses that allow the photographer to get up close and personal to small subjects like insects and flowers. Macro zoom on the other hand is just another way of labeling a lens as close focusing.

Boston City Lights Bokeh Effects   Bokeh simply means “blurred”in Japanese. Many creative photographers are purposely creating a blurred or fuzzy effect of background lights making them look like orbs, while keeping the subject’s image clear and clean. For example if the subject image is a glass of champagne, the background lighting might be candlelights, or fireworks. The further away the backgrounds lights, the better the bokeh effect will be. This effect can be accomplished with your standard camera or you can upload such an image and use photo editing software or look for online applications where you upload your image and apply the effect.

 

 

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Jun 15

Bring Back Black and White Photography With Any Basic Digital Camera

Black and White Photography  With Any Basic Digital Camera, DSLR Camera or even FIlm Camera

Black   white photography is still cool

Black white photography is still cool

Black and White Photography

 

Black and White Photography has been around for ages, some of the most iconic photographs in the world today aren’t anything more than a simple black and white image. There’s a lot of focus on how to digitally manipulate images so they stand out in the oversaturated world of today’s photography, but nothing stands out more than a quality black and white photography image. Nothing.

 

Now here’s the good news: you can create stunning black and white photography with any basic digital camera. The first step is to get into your menu settings to create a black and white file instead of a color file. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to utilize these tips to your advantage!

 

#1. Take Off All the Automatic Settings

This takes some practice, but operating on a manual mode in the front and the back end will produce the best images, especial when it comes to Black and White Photography. For macro-photography, look into your digital aperture settings for an enhanced digital zoom. The toughest part about this is getting the light right. That’s the benefit of the digital format, however, because you can tinker with your camera to get the light settings just right through your ISO and F-Stop. You can still get good images with auto settings, of course, but you’ll create stunning images when you go manual.

 

#2. Speaking of the ISO…

Black and white photography is difficult to get right from an ISO standpoint. You want to put some digital grain into the image, but you don’t want to put a lot into it because it creates an effect like the static snow on a blank over-the-air television channel. Keep your ISO as low as you can so that your image can be clearly perceptible instead of overwhelming the viewer of the image with the image noise a high ISO has produced.

 

Black & White Photography done by DSLR & photoshop

Black & White Photography done by DSLR & Photoshop

Black and White Photography

#3. Low Contrast Is Always Better

Black and white photography is about the subtlety of a contrast instead of the stark reality that a color image provides. When you’ve got a day that is gray, cloudy, and feels like rain, then you’ve got the perfect day for working on your art! That doesn’t mean you can’t take shots during a bright, sunny day, however, but it does mean that you’ve got to be more careful with your light settings. Incorporate shadows when you can, otherwise the higher light levels will create less subtlety in your image and you’ll end up with a result that is monotone.

 

Black & White Photography with female model

Black & White Photography with female model

Black and White Photography

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#4. Do You Photoshop?

If you utilize a software program to manipulate your photographic images, then you may wish to actually shoot in a color format and then convert the image into black and white photography digitally. This will give you more control over the brightness and contrast of the image while letting you blend in some of the lighter spots that show up with ease.

 

Monochrome photo of a models face

Monochrome photo of a models face

#5. Retrain Your Eye

Color photos are about a mixture of different colors and contrasts. Black and white photography is more about tone and texture. The best images will have a variety of different shapes and tones to them so that the viewer has different points of interest. This will bring about a natural focus, create interest in the work, and give you a stunning result in the end.

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