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by Ashim Dey | July 07, 2014
For the purpose of this article we will consider photo art as anything that has a digital photograph as its base and is created purely using software on a computer and doesn’t involve any paintings with physical objects. The photo art can then be printed on canvas or paper of the artist’s choice for further viewing and distribution. Why give your photos that painterly look? As I have been increasingly drawn towards photo art, I have pondered over this question. Continue reading »
Overcoming Creative Dry Spells
by Kyle McDougall | June 01, 2014
Creativity, passion, drive, these are all things that over time I’ve come to realize can never run consistently at one hundred percent. As photographers, we live creative lives with the next image always on our minds. We constantly strive to take our work to the next level. Both consciously and sub-consciously we analyze light, texture, shape and form throughout our daily travels. We become obsessed with golden light, to the point of becoming extremely disappointed with ourselves if we miss the “perfect” sunset. We get soaked in rainstorms, frostbit in the winter and devoured by mosquitoes in the summer all to get the perfect shot. It’s only inevitable that eventually we all hit a wall where picking up a camera all of a sudden becomes a struggle. The further I’ve progressed in my career and the more photographers I’ve meet I’ve begun to realize that we’re all the same. Our landscape photography careers all begin with a discovery of the medium and then we’re soon propelled into a driven, sometimes chaotic journey to learn as much as possible as quickly as we can. Eventually, without finding a proper balance, we crash and burn. I can truthfully say that there has been many times where I’ve just not felt like picking up a camera for weeks. Without the excitement and passion to go out and shoot, I know I’m almost guaranteed to bring home images that lack personality. Over the years I’ve learned/been given some invaluable advice about living a life as a photographer, and how to deal with/avoid the dry spells. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] New Beginnings[/caption] Continue reading »
Creating a Modern Photographic Field Guide
by Iain Campbell | April 11, 2014
I am old school. As a birder I have always much preferred plate based nature field guides with paintings rather than photos. For me there was just never any comparison between the highly illustrative paintings of the National Geographic and Sibley guides and the shabby images in books such as the Kaufman guides. But two things changed my mind. The first was when I saw the superb Birds of Southern Africa: The Complete Photographic Guide by Sinclair and Ryan, and then when I saw what Richard Crossley was trying to do with the ground breaking The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds. Photography had reached the point where we could use it for field guides every bit if not more effective than plate guides, and I was sold. When the opportunity arose to do a new field guide to Australia, I jumped at the chance. I had a hard choice to make. I could go for the exciting Crossley format where you have one species per plate, showing many different angles, plumages and sizes. This is done by superimposing different shots onto one background and a massive amount and skill in Photoshop to make it look “real”. The problems with making a guide like this is that it becomes very bulky when dealing with a whole continent of birds, and the more pressing one of there just not being enough images of many species in Australia to make this exercise possible. The second option I looked at was to use the WILDGuides series type format. Theirs is a brilliant format of having larger images for the more iconic and visible species, and spending much less text and photo space on those species that the casual birder was less likely to see. As a portal to get people excited about visiting an area, it is hard to improve on this style, but it does not suit itself well to showing a vast number of species across a continent and describing how to tell them apart. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] A New Holland Honeyeater from Western Australia[/caption] Continue reading »
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