Orton Effect creates a dreamy, impressionist look of the image. Photographer Michael Orton invented it in the mid-1980s in order to imitate watercolor painting. He’d blend together one sharp photo with one that’s out of focus and slightly overexposed. With the digital photos and Photoshop, creating photos like this is easier than ever. Photographer Mark Denney will show you how to do it with a single image in a couple of minutes.
While Pantone is a widely used color matching system, it is also an artistic inspiration. Graphic Designer Andrea Antoni uses it to match the colors of landscapes and cityscapes with Pantone palettes. He travels and takes photos of scenery and cities, and finds Pantone colors in these scenes. Later on, he digitally adds his hand holding a matching Pantone swatch for each image and turns travel images into unique memories.
Is there a place you photograph most? Landscape (or cityscape) you can call yours? And does it happen to you that photos from your hometown are better than photos from a trip?
In this video, photographer Erik Wahlstrom discusses some interesting landscape shooting points. I instantly found myself in some of them, and I’d love to see if you will, too.
Travelling to make photographs can be challenging. One of the big tasks is figuring out what to pack. You want to pack as little as possible, but you don’t want to leave vital gear at home. In this video, landscape photographer Thomas Heaton talks about the equipment he’s travelled with to spend time shooting landscapes in Hawaii.
Thomas is very clear. This isn’t “travel photography”, this is “travelling to do photography” and there’s a difference. It’s not the kind of kit you’d want to pack for a trek up a mountain. There just wouldn’t be enough room left in the bag for all the extra kit you’d want. But, it is a handy set of gear for travelling between wherever you’re staying and wherever you’re going to shoot.
Recently me and Joseph Parry got to collaborate with lighting equipment company Pixapro, on a promotional shoot to showcase how their equipment can be used on location, and in various environments. The Maiden is the first of these shoots. Shoots can be born in many ways, The Maiden was birthed from an idea I had a while back walking through the infamous Cottingley woods, which is not too far from where I live.[Read More…]
Photographing a meteor shower is more like photographing a time-lapse than traditional still photos. You can never anticipate where or when a meteor is going to streak across the sky.
In order to catch them, you have to set up and take as many photos as you can throughout the night with a wide angle lens on the camera. If you leave the camera in the same position, you can use the resulting images for a short time-lapse clip in addition to the still images you can capture.
Something quite special dwells beneath the surface of New Zealand and these images prove that the country is just as beautiful below ground as it is above!
The Waitomo area is famous for it’s limestone caves and within these caves are one of the most magical insects in the world, the glowworm. Glow worms emit a phosphorescent glow that light up the cave and create a surreal environment.
I often get the feeling that photography is talked and written about as if its practitioners have an innate knowledge of the terms involved. Any craft or profession comes with its own specialist language, but if you’re new to it—and even if you’re not—you can often feel overwhelmed by the terminology, let alone the technicalities of the medium. Thinking back ‘hyperfocal distance’ is one of the terms that most baffled me.
You will most likely hear ‘hyperfocal distance’ mentioned in relation to landscape photography. It describes a mathematically calculated sweet-spot that, when you focus there, maximises the depth-of-field across your scene. For, while you might believe that using a small aperture and focusing at infinity would do the job, it doesn’t.
With the speed boosts and memory capacities of modern computers, stitching multiple shots together to make larger panoramic images has become a very common technique used by many photographers. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you probably have too, or you’ve at least thought about giving it a go.
While most stitches go pretty well, there are times when Photoshop isn’t quite sure what you want it to do, and gives you a result you definitely didn’t expect. In this video tutorial from Photoshop wizard Jimmy McIntyre, we see some pretty in-depth techniques for recognising these issues and how to overcome them.