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Tutorial 01: Learn How To Be More Creative

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Tutorial 01: Learn How To Be More Creative

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Creativity for me means: “Transforming literal images as far as possible artistically, while maximizing the perception of reality”. Literal shows us ‘what we expect to see’, they don’t stimulate our curiosity or imagination. Transform badly and we lose the psychological connection: the illusion of seeing reality. The artistic portrayal of reality using light to evoke emotion.

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Good Photographs Are Short Novels

The Fundamental Principle Behind Good Photography

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Novels Contain Stories

Cameras and technique are the photographer’s tools to produce an image; the photographers equivalent of an author’s ability to ‘write’. We read the novel for the story they contain. Words, the means to communicate that story. Without clear stories, the novel has no purpose. Photographs must have a clear story.

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Novels Evoke Emotions

However, the novel must also evoke feelings to be successful. A horror novel that did not make us feel scared, fails. Horror novels require a subject to tell a story. The priority is evoke the feeling of being scared. The literal photograph is a basic recording without emotion. Photographs must evoke emotion.

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Novels Require Language

Novels must be written in a language we understand, so we can understand the story; that evokes the emotions. Art has its own unique, visual language. Artistic principles we can learn from the old master painters. We apply their principles to our images. Photographs must use artistic language.

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The Summary

We need a camera, software and a subject to make a photograph. The point where most images finish; literal descriptions. Photographs must be refined further than literal or they won’t offer enough reward by having a story and evoking emotions – Which dictate the success or failure of the image.

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Scotney Castle, Kent, England

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I teach you how to portray light. That’s what makes my photography creative and my tuition different

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‘Story & Emotion’: The Forgotten Fundamental

Literal Photographs Are Uninteresting Novels

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Camera Technology

Cameras are recording tools, producing ‘ready-made’, high quality images. The painter begins with a blank canvas. The story and emotion dictate the paintings creation. Photographers having a ‘ready-made’ image, can be easily seduced by the technical quality and not think enough about the story and emotion.

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Retouching Software

Image-editing is the critical stage where we can transform the photograph, enhance the story and emotion, provided we’re aware this is the aim, then know how to do it. The universal mistake is to take the ‘what looks good’ approach, without having solid principles to structure your retouching.

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Internet Knowledge

Digital photography has created a tsunami of ‘experts’ teaching photography. The majority have only basic understanding of artistic principles or ‘creating a story and evoking emotions’. The most unqualified have hijacked the internet and YouTube, profiting from propagating generic, superficial, and literal.

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The Summary

‘Story and emotion’ define the good photograph. Cameras and retouching don’t demand you think about it, most internet ‘experts’ don’t know it, so don’t teach it. Literal images are superficial, obvious and rely on technique. We don’t ‘connect’ with them on the essential, deeper emotional level.

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Original 7 Exposure Stitched Panorama

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Beautiful, artistic photographs can be created from very ordinary situations; if you understand light

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‘Portray The Light’: We Must Use Retouching

Light: The Old Master Painters Fundamental Principle

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Retouching Is Essential

Compose the story, capture the light. Cameras capture the information, but the ‘signal’; story and light, is too weak to communicate efficiently. The ‘signal’ must be intensified and emphasis on certain subjects, reordered. Without retouching, the message remains weak, bland and confused, without power and clarity.

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Apply Artistic Principles

The question is not ‘if we retouch’, but ‘how we retouch’. Retouching is THE core problem with today’s photography. Not knowing the artistic principles means the ‘what looks good’ approach is taken. Visual communication rules ignored; like trying to speak German – but not knowing German language.

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Old Master Painters

The portrayal of light is art histories most enduring, universal theme binding hundreds of years of art from Leonardo da Vinci to photography. Old master painters knew that the paintings subject told the ‘story’, but the real power to communicate the message and emotion, came from portraying the light.

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The Summary

Humans have a direct emotional relationship with light. Light provides that instant, essential emotional response. Light creates a powerful psychological connection. We now have a clearly defined, beneficial purpose that dictates our production and technique: ‘Techniques to portray light convincingly’.

After Compositing, Before Enhancing The Light

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‘Portray The Light’: Bring The Photograph To Life

Think Of The Landscape As Portraiture

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Light Is Personality

The most important quality of a portrait, is not physical likeness, but capturing their personality. Caught in the ‘act of thought’, their mind at work. Landscapes have unique personalities. Light dictates the personality and changing mood of the landscape at any time. Capture the light and you capture the personality.

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Light Is Momentary

Good portraits capture time; the feeling ‘life has been arrested’ by capturing momentary facial expressions. Light in the landscape offers the time quality by capturing the fleeting light in a momentary situation. You need to watch and predict when the light ignites the main subject with energy and life.

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Light Is Reality

Good portraits are not flat but feel three-dimensional. The roundness of the face and body; form, texture and distance all conveyed by light. Side lighting portraits offers the same solution in landscapes. The light is our only means to create the convincing illusion of a real, three-dimensional landscape

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The Summary

Light is the life and soul of the picture; it brings the picture to life. It dictates the character and personality of the landscape. The dynamic quality of time; capturing a momentary event and dictates the form and distance of objects. Pictures are about light first and subject second. Light communicates life.

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Retouching is where ‘good photographs get killed’. Retouching is photography’s worst taught subject

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‘Portray The Light’: But Understand The Light First

Portray The Light – But Never Contradict Reality

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Understand The Light

The key to being able to portray light, is in understanding how light interacts with objects first. Then learning techniques that allow us to recreate all those interactions convincingly. THE number one reason photographs fail, is people retouch in ways that contradict the illusion of reality; the result looks fake.

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Portray The Light

Now having learnt the techniques to portray light, means we can apply that technique in three ways. 1. Create a three-dimensional illusion of reality, form, texture and spatial depth. 2. Create drama and mood. 3. Create cohesion and order. Retouching now has a logical structure based on science fact.

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Logical First, Artistic Second

Logical retouching is creating the three-dimensional optical illusion of reality; the foundation that makes the photograph look ‘real’. Artistic retouching can be radically ‘unreal’ and laid on top. This combination creates a psychological conflict that captivates viewers – Photographs look ‘real’ yet also ‘unreal’ .

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How To Be More Creative

A literal photograph offers no reward visually or emotionally because it only shows us ‘what we expect to see’. The creative photograph captivates our attention, sparks our imagination and evokes our emotions. The old master painters did it for hundreds of years. It can be learnt, and I can teach you.

The Answer To The Question:

“Light creates mood, mood translates as emotion. You can’t randomly choose an emotion, then put that emotion into any photograph. That’s the wrong way around! You must wait for the appropriate weather to create the suitable light. Light which creates the mood that you want to communicate. Mood we then translate emotionally. Light is your ‘bridge’ between physical content and emotional response. If the literal photograph has no mood or that mood is not portrayed convincingly due to poor technique; the photograph won’t communicate any emotion and therefore, fails.” David Osborn Photography.

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