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Travel Photography: How To Rise Above Mediocrity

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Fine Art Travel Photography: How To Rise Above Mediocrity

A good photographer creates what they imagined. A mediocre photographer polishes what they recorded

Ask the same questions you use while editing your photographs after the shoot at home, to being THE questions you ask before the shoot while on location. You will create higher quality photographs, less volume and don’t waste time taking photographs you later delete. Invest your time in the photograph you want, don’t waste time on ones you don’t want.

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What Makes A Good Photograph

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A good photograph is an idea, visually communicated that creates an emotional response in the viewer. Let’s examine each part of this statement. Would we create a book by writing down a thousand random words, hoping those words create a story! The only story communicated, is confusion. Pointless! Why should photography be different? If we have no idea why we are taking the photograph, it cannot communicate any idea and if the photograph has nothing to say, why take it? Books communicate ideas and stories using written language, photography communicates ideas and stories using visual language. Both must have a clear idea or story to give them purpose. Photography is visual communication. Aesthetics is how to visually communicate ideas and emotions artistically to the viewer without needing words. Without understanding aesthetics and the ‘art of image making’, we cannot successfully create good quality photography. Aesthetics can be learnt from old master painters. Last, is create an emotional response. This is the primary quality of all good photography. The physical subject matter grabs our attention and gives us a curiosity connection, the light, mood, drama and atmosphere bonds us by an emotional connection. An emotional connection is a much deeper and rewarding experience. The mood and atmosphere always take priority over subject matter.

Stop the viewer, take them prisoner. Use simple composition to grab their attention. Detail to captivate their attention. Mood to make their attention emotional. We use every technique to stop them leaving. You must captivate them. The longer you captivate them, the more they will bond. The more they bond, the more reward they receive and the more successful the photograph is. We must provide a reward for the viewer investing their time in looking at the photograph. If the photograph does not reward the viewer, why should they invest their time looking longer; let alone spend money and purchase the photograph. What do we do in life, that does not have the ultimate aim of giving us a beneficial reward? Why should photography be any different? To learn how to create photographs that offer maximum reward, you must learn the artistic and aesthetic skills to manipulate the viewer and visually control how they travel around the photograph and respond emotionally. Cameras and Photoshop are ‘tools of the trade’. Good cameras mean good tools, but tools alone do not make good photography. Human creativity does. Successful photography is having clarity of idea executed with technical perfection and aesthetic quality to provide an informative, interesting and emotional response. My online fine art photography & photoshop course will teach you how to achieve this.

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How To Make A Good Photograph

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Have a methodical workflow, clinical and logical but crafted with creative and artistic sensitivity. The fusion of art and science. Think of ‘how to make a good photograph’ like creating a theatrical stage play. Nominate the lead actor, secondary actors and supporting cast so their roles are clear to the audience. Then consider the theatre backdrop and lighting so the actors and stage have context and mood. The whole production working cohesively together with one single aim; communicate the story. With a photograph nominate your main subject as the hero and lead actor, secondary subjects as supporting cast, general landscape environment as the stage backdrop. The theatrical lighting supplied by sky and clouds. Everything is aimed at making the hero the star of the show, looking good, front, and centre stage. Everything on the stage works for or against the production. Likewise, photographs have no neutral content. Everything in the photograph either works for the image or against the image; even the details have no neutral content. Compose with only relevant content that adds to your story, remove all irrelevant content that detracts. Composition is visual ‘Jango’ – just before the composition becomes too minimal to communicate your idea, is the most efficient composition to communicate your idea with clarity and speed. Simple compositions communicate fast.

The photograph is a product of Photoshop, not the camera. The camera merely records three types of digital asset: The base image, technical and artistic assets. Base images are the traditional approach of aiming to get the perfect photograph in one exposure. In Photoshop, this exposure becomes the finished photograph after the technical and artistic assets are added. The same time, care, and attention to detail is taken to capture the base image, as if we only had one sheet of film. Technical assets are exposures to improve the technical quality of the photograph. Primarily bracketed images to control global contrast and create rich shadow detail. Artistic assets are when the light falls on different subjects in the landscape at different times; not captured all at once in the single base image. Artistic assets are creative improvements to the photograph. While we photograph, we visualize the photograph we could create from the assets we have taken and identify the critical assets we still need to capture to create the photograph we want. Photoshop is just the continuation of the same, single and clear idea that evolved while shooting. A tripod is used so all the assets align in Photoshop when compositing. The more time we invest shooting one composition, the more assets we create and take home; giving us more creative choice to create that one great quality photograph.

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How To Make Rich Shadow Tones

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Camera Response Curve

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Overexpose Shadows

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Computer Interpolation

The sensor in a digital camera is like a solar cell, converting the energy of light into electricity. Each pixel turning light into electricity, the strength of that electricity then relates to a tonal value. The problem with digital cameras is that brighter tones in the scene produce disproportionally higher electricity and therefore disproportionally brighter tones in the photograph than the darker tones in the scene. This means the camera does not capture all the tones in a uniform way but alters the tones of the scene during capture. How the camera captures the tones can be graphed, this graph is the camera response curve. It shows the relationship between the amount of incoming light received by the camera and the tonal value of that light recorded by the camera. The camera histogram represents the captured tones of the scene, after the camera response curve altered the tones. Some tonal alterations work in our favor, some against. The alteration of the highlights work in our favor, we gain great highlight separation, the shadows however are destroyed; compressed, lacking tonal separation and full of noise. Given shadows are responsible for the strength and structure of the photograph, the very bedrock of all photographs, it could be argued they are the worst tones to be destroyed, but that is life. However, if we understand how the camera alters the tones during capture, we can counteract the defects and factor in the benefits. This is critical for creating beautiful print tone, especially rich shadow detail. Another example is the loss of spatial depth in the photograph due to the tonal alterations. We must recreate or ‘put back in’ the spatial depth if we want to recreate the three-dimensional feel of the landscape.

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YouTube ~ Income From Ignorance

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YouTube videos are created for the benefit of the video maker, not you. The sole aim is purely to create content that gets viewed. The more views they get, the more they earn from YouTube, advertising and product promotion. An infinitely small number of YouTube video makers earn money from actually doing photography. Their income is YouTube. YouTube has created a tsunami of ignorant ‘self-proclaimed experts’. Working as a professional photographer means a constant pressure to keep improving the quality of your photography in order to get continuity of work and so financially survive. YouTubers have no pressure to be good photographers, only pressure to constantly make videos that get watched. They can afford to ‘talk-up’ their banal photographs and give the impression they know more than you, pretend to be professional photographers, because their income is not dependent on the quality of their photography or depth of knowledge, only mass viewer volume. As working commercial photographers where survival is based on quality, they would never survive a day. They steal the label ‘Professional’ to give themselves authority. How can you be a ‘Professional Photographer’ if you don’t even earn your living from taking photographs, but only from entertaining YouTube videos? Worse still, is some YouTubers document becoming a ‘professional landscape photographer’. Teaching and workshops their instant solution to earning an income. What profession in life allows you to feel qualified to teach in return for money, the minute you set up in business and are new to the profession yourself? They can’t do the job themselves but are happy to take your money. It’s insanity. Don’t be fooled by these false prophets!

Adobe Lightroom. Modern digital cameras, Lightroom sliders and presets make ‘quick and slick’ looking images fast with minimum effort. However, Lightroom in comparison with Photoshop is greatly limited especially in the ability to create detailed and accurate masks and so the creative potential of what you can produce is also greatly limited. The price you pay for speed and ease. Lightroom assumes human creativity can be degraded to simple sliders or ‘automation and instant gratification’. The result of this trend, propagated by these YouTube ‘experts’ teaching Lightroom ‘tricks’ is a world flooded with banal, generic and soulless photographs that all look the same, lacking personality, style, creativity, or imagination. The whole perception of what it takes to create good quality photography now corrupted and photography dumbed down to moronic levels. Quality comes from intelligent craftsmanship. It takes time, effort and dedication. YouTube is the ignorant profiting from photography and promoting mediocrity.

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