David Osborn Photography, London, England, UK

How To Become A Good Fine Art Landscape Photographer

Imagine Your Satisfaction ~ Being More Artistic & Creative ~ I Will Teach You How

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops 2021

What You Learn On My Photography Workshop ~ Summarized

The Workshop Is A Comprehensive Education In Photography

Most photographer’s weakness is caused by the lack of artistic knowledge, not photographic knowledge or equipment. Artistic weakness forces you to rely on ‘tips, tricks and presets’ which result in your images looking generic. Science proves that generic images fail to visually communicate. I solve your problems at the fundamental, artistic level by teaching you the missing artistic knowledge so you now understand ‘How to create’ beautiful fine art landscape photography. You no longer need to rely on all the ‘tips, tricks, and presets’ that are making your photographs fail and look generic. This tutorial will get you started.

When I began my professional photography career, I learned one reality, fast. One which my survival and future depended on. Clients have only one interest: Can you produce good quality photography? I learned ‘good’ had only three components: What does the client want the photography to communicate, be high technical quality, and be visually attractive. I based my career on that three-part formula and I never looked back. Photographers have lost sight of the critical priorities. The only priority is to create high-quality photography because that’s all viewers see and care about. An analogy: Too many photographers, spend too much time ‘ talking up the quality of their restaurants, but forget about the quality of the food they serve’. If you serve bad quality food, your restaurant will fail. You must prioritize the viewer and their reward, the picture. I teach you how.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Introduction ~ Understanding The Problems

People Don’t Care About Your Photography

~ Let’s Diagnose The Photography Problems You Face Today

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Introduction ~ Understanding The Problems

Your Improvement Starts By Accepting Harsh Reality

‘Your Photograph’ – Is All People Care About

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People Don’t Care About Your Photography

Why should they? Viewers have no personal attachment to you or your images. Viewers are desensitized to photography because it’s so common. Viewers, by default, have a disinterested or negative attitude. Competition is so enormous, that it is critical you offer viewers something special to make them care.

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People Don't Care About Your Problems

The photograph is all that matters. The photograph is what people see. Your stories, hardships, problems, excuses – everything else but the photograph, is totally irrelevant. As a viewer of your photograph – I don’t know anything else except the photograph you show me, nor would I care if I did know.

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People Don't Care About Your Egotism

The world is flooded with photographs, it owes you nothing because you add one more. Quality allows no room for conceit, arrogance, self-delusion or ego. What matters is a brutally honest, self-appraisal of your photographic quality. Self-improvement and quality must begin by being honest with yourself.

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People Don't Want To Read Your Words

If you can’t communicate everything visually, your photograph fails. It is your job as photographer to learn the visual communication skills to make words redundant, verbal or written. Relying on words is no excuse for poor quality. The only exception is a picture title naming the location and date taken.

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“The ONLY thing that matters is the photograph you show. Your work is defined by it’s artistic appeal”

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Introduction ~ Understanding The Problems

The Most Common Weak Areas Photographers Have

Based On My 37 Years As Professional Photographer & Picture Editor

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Look The Same As Everyone Else's Images

The cliché, literal and generic looking postcard images are photographic suicide nowadays. Everyone is making that type of image – the world’s moved on. You must now offer something different or better. Why expect to achieve anything if your photography only offers the same as every other photographer?

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Lacking The Confidence To Be Decisive

Not wanting to step out of your comfort zone by taking a risk, traps you in a ‘safe zone’- but the safe zone is the killer: ‘literal and generic zone’. You can’t afford to play it safe. Don’t give people ‘what they expect to see’. Commit to one picture, one story and show your personality. Don’t be generic looking.

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Lacking Good Quality Artistic Knowledge

The universal problem is replacing artistic knowledge with the over-reliance on the camera and Lightroom to make the image. Lightroom is enormously responsible for creating the flood of literal and generic looking images. ‘Tips, tricks and presets’ will never replace fundamental artistic knowledge.

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However: You Can Make Your Viewers Care

If you offer people something different or better, viewers will notice it and will care. Combine artistic knowledge with craftsmanship skill to implement that knowledge, and you are free from the limited cliché, literal and generic image. People notice and appreciate quality and artistic creativity.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 1 ~ Artistic Principles

The Structure Behind A Good Photograph

~ You Must Appreciate The Minimal Time Viewers Look At Your Photograph

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 1 ~ Artistic Principles

Understand How Your Photograph Functions

The Photograph Is Only About Offering Your Viewer A Reward

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Stop Your Viewer In One Second

If you don’t stop your viewers, your photograph is wasted effort. Studies prove you have one second to achieve this. In that first glance, viewers decide to ‘stay and study’ – or leave. Bold and simple give the viewer an efficient and instantly understood ‘visual summary’; which grabs their eye and captures attention.

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Captivate Your Viewer To 'Stay & Study'

If the viewer likes the ‘visual summary’, they will ‘stay and study’ longer. You have started a conversation with your viewer, visually and intellectually. The clock is now running. You have very limited time to sell them your idea, story, or concept. Get it done fast. Be clear, concise, emotional and interesting.

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Appeal To Your Viewers Emotions

The last step: Make the photograph appeal to the viewers emotions and you have the viewer sold. Why? Emotion provides the pleasurable reward we all seek. Viewers evaluate and remember your work on an intuitive, emotional level, not a logical level. Create emotion and viewers remember your work.

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Reward Your Viewers Time Investment

The viewer is going to take a gamble at the ‘stay and study’ stage. They are going to invest their time in looking at your photograph. Nobody likes a bad investment. If the viewer feels they have NOT been rewarded, they will feel cheated. It’s NOT about your reward, it’s about your viewers reward.

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“The photograph is ONLY about offering your viewer a reward. ~ Do your current images offer enough reward?”

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 1 ~ Artistic Principles

Your Photograph Must Contain A Story

The Story Is What Rewards Your Viewers Time Investment

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Novels Communicate Stories To Readers

Everything in life has a purpose. Photographs are no different. Novels tell stories using words, photographs tell stories visually. You love the therapy of being out taking photographs. As a viewer – I don’t care. What’s the story you want to tell me?. As the viewer of your photograph – that’s only what I care about.

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Novels Evoke Emotions In The Reader

However, the novel must also evoke feelings to be successful. A horror novel that doesn’t make us feel scared, fails. Horror novels require a subject to base the story around, but the priority is making us feel scared. What emotions do you want to evoke in me? – As the viewer, ‘What emotional reward do I get?’

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Novels Communicate Using Language

Novels must be written with a good understanding of the written language; photographs must be created with a good understanding of visual language. As authors, we must learn the craft of how to communicate. Photographers must learn the artistic principles: ‘What Makes A Good Photograph’.

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Not Every Novel Tells An Interesting Story

We don’t read boring novels and we don’t want boring images. Cliché, literal and generic, postcard images show me: ‘What I expect to see’ – What I have seen before. As a viewer, you’re wasting my time. Stimulate my curiosity and imagination, emotions. Reward me with an interesting, artistic experience.

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“Tell ONLY one story per picture. The subject is ‘The Leaning Tower of Pisa’ ~ ‘The Story’ is the light and mood”

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 1 ~ Artistic Principles

How To Make Your Story Visually Clear

The Theatrical Stage & Lead Actor Analogy

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The Lead Actor Or 'Hero'

Like the theatrical stage performance, the photograph must have one, clearly defined lead actor; the ‘hero’ of the photograph. Then a main secondary actor; the relationship between the two, tell the main focus of the story. If we don’t emphasize one hero, there is no ‘focal point’. The story is confused.

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The Supporting Cast

The supporting cast, ‘supports’ the hero, but must never dominate the hero. Secondary objects add additional, general information or ‘clues’ to the story. The supporting cast is content that can’t be removed yet joins or surrounds the hero. This is de-emphasized to remove any conflict with the hero.

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The Stage Backdrop

The distant landscape and sky is the stage backdrop. Stage backdrops supply the context for the cast and play to be performed, indicate environment and geographical location. Combined with stage lighting, they set the mood and atmosphere for the stage performance. A backdrop for the hero.

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The Stage Lighting

Light creates the mood and emotional atmosphere. Strong spotlights focus attention on the lead actors, softer lights emphasize the supporting cast. All the elements from actors to lighting, designed to work in harmony to create a polished performance: To offer the audience maximum reward.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 1 ~ Artistic Principles

The Artistic Principles Of Good Photography

~ The Universal Artistic Principles Which Link Your Photography To Art

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 1 ~ Artistic Principles

The Artistic Principles Of Photography

The Three-Dimensional Illusion Of Reality

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Light

Objects are the physical content but light is the story. Light creates mood and mood creates emotion. A photograph without any feeling of light has no life or soul. Light communicates the personality of the landscape. Old master painters teach us, the real power to create emotion came from portraying the light.

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Form

Form is the feeling of substance, shape, volume, and roundness. We want to create objects with form so real, that we feel we could put our hand into the photograph and hold each object, be able to pick them up, feel their weight. Texture is forms personality. Form creates visual order and cohesion.

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Depth

Spatial depth is ‘atmospheric depth’. How the atmosphere alters the tones of objects as they recede into the distance. If we recreate, even enhance these tonal changes in the image, we create a powerful, realistic illusion of ‘how we perceive the world’. This psychologically ‘draws us into the photograph’.

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Three-Dimensional Illusion

A convincing three-dimensional illusion of reality, has a great psychological power to draw the viewer ‘into the image’ not look ‘at the image’. Viewers become ‘participants IN the scene,’ not outsiders ‘looking AT the scene’. This invites us to search, explore, and discover; create an emotional bond..

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“Photographs use ONLY visual and artistic principles to communicate ideas and emotions. ~ Not words ”

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 1 ~ Artistic Principles

The Artistic Principles Of Art In General

The Universal Artistic Principles Of All Visual Art

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Emphasis

Emphasis gives the picture a cohesive, readable, and logical structure. Emphasis controls the viewers eye, taking the viewer straight to the hero first, then other content in their order of importance. Photographers limit emphasis to camera composition. We must use retouching to create stronger ‘visual order’.

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Contrast

The eye uses the brightest tone or area of highest contrast as an entry point to the image. It then uses the ‘edges of high contrast’ as visual roads to travel around the image. Control the ‘visual roads’ and you control the viewers eye. Retouching allows US to control how the viewer ‘reads’ the photograph.

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Variety

Variety creates an energy and interest. When our eyes explore the image and come across an area that does not change, we loose interest very quickly. We get ‘visually bored’. A flat blue sky is boring, it has no variety. In retouching we can create ‘visual energy’ by creating variety in every part of the image.

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Cohesion

Cohesion is making every element work together in harmony with one aim: To create a polished performance and deliver a clear, concise and rewarding experience. To communicate the story clearly and efficiently by removing all conflict, confusion, and distraction with clear emphasis on one ‘hero’.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 1 ~ Artistic Principles

Science Proves ~ What I Teach You ~ Does Work

Analyzing Where We Look In The First 3-5 Seconds

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Generic Look ~ No Artistic Principles Applied

Visual attention software produces a heat-map report showing where we look during the important first 3-5 seconds. Blue areas having a low chance of being noticed. Yellows to reds have a high chance of being noticed with red at a 99% chance of grabbing audience’s attention. Above is the raw file and it’s heatmap. There are no red ‘heat’ areas on the hero of the photograph: The Cathedral. The photograph fails ~ it does not communicate my story in that first 3-5 seconds.

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Artistic Look ~ With Artistic Principles Applied

Above is the finished version and it’s heat-map. Notice the largest red ‘heat’ area is now on Florence Cathedral. The cathedral now having a 99% chance of being noticed in the initial 3-5 seconds of viewing. The image now works because science proves you notice, what I wanted you to notice: ~ Florence Cathedral. All I did was manipulate how you view the image by applying the artistic principles in retouching. I gave the image emphasis and structure.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 2 ~ Digital Photography

A Logical Digital Photography Workflow

~ Your Photograph Is Created In Photoshop. Not The Camera

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 2 ~ Digital Photography

The Fine Art Digital Photography Workflow

Your Photograph Is Created In Photoshop. Not The Camera

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Photograph One Composition

Invest your time in one good composition, not multiple compositions that you later delete. Transfer the questions you ask while editing at home, to being the questions you ask before shooting on location. This forces you to think harder about the story you want to tell and have maximum time to shoot quality.

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Photograph The Changing Light

Investing your time and effort in one good composition, gives you more time to wait for the light to come to you and photograph all the variations of light that happen. Time allows you to capture the changing mood and momentary conditions when the light hits certain subjects in a unique and moody way.

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Create The Mood In Photoshop

This efficient approach means you have the best composition because you thought about it. The very best light, because you waited for it. No wastage, because you invested your time in one composition. Now you have all the components to create the mood, drama and atmosphere in Photoshop.

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Keep The Composition Minimal

All content works either for or against the story. Compose with only relevant content that adds to your story, remove the irrelevant content that detracts. Composition is ‘Visual Jango’. How much can you remove, before there’s not enough left to tell the story? Efficient compositions are simple and concise.

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“Don’t ONLY judge what you see literally. Judge what the scene could become after retouching”

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 2 ~ Digital Photography

A Logical Approach To Exposure Capture

Photograph The Assets You Need For Photoshop

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The Base Exposure

Base images are the traditional approach of aiming to get the perfect picture in one exposure. This becomes the finished photograph after all the technical and artistic exposures are added. The identical time, care, and attention to detail is taken to capture the base image, as if we only had one sheet of film available.

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The Technical Exposures

Technical exposures improve the technical and tonal qualities of the image. Primarily bracketed images to control global contrast and create rich shadow detail. Other reasons include freezing moving objects or removing unwanted objects. Also exposures that provide better separation between objects.

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The Artistic Exposures

Artistic exposures are when light falls on different subjects in the landscape at different times; not all captured together in the single base image. Artistic exposures are artistic improvements to the content of the photograph. Other reasons would include adding additional subjects like people and animals.

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The Sky & Visualization

Sky is non-geographical; it could be taken anytime from anywhere provided the sky is a suitable match. While we photograph, we visualize the image we could create from the exposures we have taken and then identify the critical exposures we still need to capture; to create the photograph we want.

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“A photograph taken without an idea, ONLY communicates ~ A lack of idea”

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 2 ~ Digital Photography

Understand How Your Camera Alters The Tones

You Can’t Create Quality, If You Don’t Understand Your Camera

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Camera Response Curve

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Overexpose Shadows

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Computer Interpolation

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The Response Curve

The camera response curve, red line on graph, shows the relationship between incoming light received by the camera and the tonal value of that light created by the camera. The camera alters the tones it records and not in a uniform way. Shadows are darkened and compressed, killing their richness and detail.

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The Camera Histogram

The camera histogram represents the captured tones of the scene, after the camera response curve has altered the tones. As we expose to the right, the histogram shows the effect of this on the shadow tones. The left side of the curve becomes a smooth curve, meaning smooth shadow tones.

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Expose To The Right

The key to good quality, rich shadows is to greatly overexpose them. Move the shadows up the red camera response curve, well away from the bottom, flat part of the curve and into the straighter line area higher up. This reduces the amount of noise content also, which helps to improve tonal quality.

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Computer Interpolation

Dark shadows brightened in software are further destroyed. ‘Tonal’ gaps are created during brightening which the computer fills in with estimated tones, interpolated data. Overexposed shadows are higher quality, have less noise and do not need interpolation as no data gaps are created to fill in.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 3 ~ Photoshop Retouching

A Logical Photoshop Retouching Workflow

~ Photoshop Enhances Good Photography. It Doesn’t Replace Good Photography

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 3 ~ Photoshop Retouching

The Photoshop Retouching Workflow

Photoshop Enhances Good Photography. It Doesn’t Replace Good Photography

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Composite The Exposures Together

After initial editing and raw conversion, the primary step is to composite all the exposures required for the final image. The end result is a flattened image, that represents a single exposure, as if taken by the camera. No retouching artefacts showing; it must be perfect. Primary techniques being blending and masking.

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Create The Optical Illusion Of Reality

The primary role is to create the three-dimensional illusion of reality. Light, form, texture, and spatial depth. We use every artistic principle to recreate: ‘How our eyes perceive the world’. This satisfies the logical criteria our brain demands – if we want to fool it into believing it is perceiving reality.

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Create The Artistic Interpretation

Because the image has the underlying realistic foundation, it allows us to be very radical artistically, yet the image still ‘works’. This creates a conflict: The image ‘FEELS’ real, artistic treatment makes it ‘LOOK’ unreal. Interpretation is the key that transforms clinical and generic into unique artistic statement.

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Maximize Your Photographs Potential

Utilizing every artistic principle, means we can maximize the potential of our image; make it more creative, powerful and personal. Cameras locate a raw diamond – Retouching transforms that raw diamond into the sparkling gem. Artistic principles are proven guidelines to help create ‘sparkling gems’.

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“You can ONLY enhance what you have. You can’t create what you did not photograph”

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops Subject 3 ~ Photoshop Retouching

Why You Must Retouch Your Photography

Without Retouching You Have No Artistic Creativity

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Your Camera Has No Human Creativity

Cameras are machines. Machines have no concept of creativity nor any artistic principles. Cameras produce recordings, clinical and factual. Creativity is human input. Retouching is the only opportunity to add human creativity. Without the retouching, there is no creativity or personalization. Images remain clinical.

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Retouching Implements Artistic Principles

The scene and the photograph are different entities. The image is a cropped view with borders, tones changed by the camera. We look at images, totally different to scenes. Images have visual principles that make them successful. Not retouching means ignoring those principles to create a successful image.

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Retouching Adds Value & Viewer Reward

We don’t want a rough diamond. – We want the polished gem. You must add something of your personality to the image, to add value and offer maximum reward to the viewer. Retouching is where you add value; increase the value of the ‘rough diamond’. Remove the worthless clinical, literal and generic look.

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Lightroom Is Far Too Creatively Limited

Lightroom has many limitations that reduce our ability to implement all the artistic principles; limiting the potential of what your image could become. If all photographers work within the same creative limitations, then all of their images would take on a similar look. That is exactly, what we see nowadays.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops 2021

Where YouTube Education Is Terribly Wrong

~ YouTube Is ‘Click Bait’ Entertainment ~ Not Quality Knowledge

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops 2021

YouTube ~ The Ultimate ‘Blind Leading The Blind’

Many Pose As Professionals ~ Most Have Basic Knowledge ~ Don’t Be Fooled

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Self-Proclaimed Experts

YouTube has created a tsunami of ignorant ‘self-proclaimed experts’. YouTubers have no incentive to be good at photography. They earn a living from YouTube, advertising and product promotion based on volume of views. Videos made for their income first. not your education. YouTube is about pleasing mass viewers.

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Minimal Knowledge

The quality knowledge you need to learn is held by the professional working photographer. They don’t have the time or desire to spend their lives making YouTube videos. The result is those you see and hear the most, are in fact the ones with least experience, knowledge and talent to teach: YouTubers!

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Corrupting Standards

Amateurs have hijacked photography education through YouTube and the internet. This has created a massive void of professional quality knowledge. YouTubers are dumbing down photography and corrupting standards. The real, good quality knowledge is now almost impossible to find and learn.

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Promoting Mediocrity

YouTubers promote cheap and lazy – ‘tips, tricks and effects’. Their minimum effort, superficial approach is promoting clinical, banal, generic and soulless images, lacking quality or creativity. If YouTubers were good photographers, they would be earning their living – being employed as photographers.

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“If I don’t find rocks interesting as a person, why would I find rocks interesting as a photograph?
YouTubers are masters at talking up boring images as being something special”

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops 2021

The Enthusiast Is Getting Totally The Wrong Message

‘Tips, Tricks & Presets’ Will Never Replace Quality Knowledge And Understanding

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Cameras Produce Ready Made Images

Digital cameras produce ‘ready-made’ images. No artistic knowledge is required to produce images of high technical quality. Photographers can be seduced by, then over-rely on this easy ‘instant image ability’. Digital photography fools you into believing that technology has replaced your need for knowledge.

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Minimum Effort Appeals To Human Nature

Lightroom is the duplication of the digital camera scenario, in software form. Art and creativity can’t be reduced down to a set of simple sliders or presets. Digital photography appeals to the natural human desire for minimum effort, laziness. Manufacturers create products that appeal to that lazy desire.

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Amateurs Have Hijacked Education

Photography education is the next extension of the problem. Education is big business. One which allows those with little knowledge, to make easy money. This created an explosion of amateurs teaching photography, dominating the education market. Enthusiasts are now taught by amateur photographers.

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The Fundamentals Are Being Forgotten

Photography has mutated into an isolated bubble. One that propagates lazy ‘automation and instant gratification’ along with social media validation. We have totally lost sight of the important issues: Learning the artistic principles which are the fundamental qualities to create good quality photography.

Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops 2021

What’s The Priority Of Your Photography? ~ The Conclusion

Choose Which Is Your Priority: ‘The Photograph’ Or ‘Your Enjoyment’?

“Why do you do photography? Which is your priority: ‘The Photograph’ or ‘Your Enjoyment’? You must be clear. If ‘The Photograph’ is your priority, you must do everything to reward the viewer. If ‘Your Enjoyment’ is the priority, then the reward is ‘your enjoyment’. There’s fine. This tutorial is aimed at ‘The Photograph’ being your priority.

For those who wish to improve, create quality, stand-out, or earn a living, producing clinical, literal, cliché and generic looking images, is photographic suicide nowadays. That’s not my opinion, that’s just accepting the harsh reality of life. Be crystal clear about reality: You must judge your photography from the viewers perspective only. Nothing else is important except the photograph and giving your viewer maximum reward. The best way to do that, is to learn and then apply all the proven ‘Artistic Principles’.

The artistic principles are scientifically and historically proven, fundamental principles for constructing all visual images. Photography is ‘image making’, so it’s subject to all the same artistic principles as painting. You must learn ‘The Artistic Principles’ first, to be good at photography. They must be, your guiding light and foundation in all your images. YouTuber’s promote ‘Automation over creativity, ‘Speed over craftsmanship’. ~ They are misleading you, this is totally the WRONG approach if you want high quality.

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