Photographs are becoming more “smart”, more and more perfect and more and more accessible. How did this saying sound from the students of the Moscow State University Journal in the 70s? “Give me Nikon and I will turn the world upside down?” And here he is, Nikon – but will the world turn upside down? Compared to the 70s, yes, but it’s not about Nikon.
In a word, professional, master equipment is not always equal to professional, masterful photos. What you need to go ahead and develop as a photographer? To continue to create, faced with the creative block? To highlight your photos of the billions taken per year? In the end, to find your niche and attract customers? That’s right, creative.
For those who need to shake things up, return inspiration and look at their work from a new angle – 15 tips on how to develop creativity.
1. Forget the rules. Continue reading
In my opinion, the most underrated tool of Lightroom is “Separate Tinting”. Meanwhile, this is not only a great opportunity to correct many problems in a photograph, but also a great way to develop your own creative style of image processing.
If you are not familiar with “Separate toning”, then its essence is the following – you apply a specific shade separately to the shadows and lights of the picture in order to get the separation of colors without changing the brightness.
Below is a great example of how Split Toning works. This is a standard gradient map, from pure black to pure white, which demonstrates how shadows translate into light: Continue reading
Perhaps every portrait painter who shoots in the open air faces a problem concerning the main points on which a good portrait depends, such as staging, lighting, composition, etc. And perhaps the biggest mistake made when shooting portraits outside the studio is the lack of attention to the background.
Photographers who do not carefully study the surrounding space in which a photo session takes place are doomed to failure. When they begin to review the footage, it is sure to find out that most of the pictures can be sent to the basket just because the background was not given due attention.
Not one customer will pay for the pictures, where a branch, some other unnecessary detail “sticks out” from a person’s head or other parts of the body. Ignoring the details of the background causes undoubted damage not only to creativity, but also to the financial component of the photographer. Continue reading