For the Love of Portraits

Friday Night Photography Quote:

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.
— Henri Cartier-Bresson,
Photography Year 1980, LIFE Library of Photography , Page: 27


I’ve spent many many years studying portraits. It is probably one of the most difficult things to do. To be able to capture the true essence of a person. We all think of a fast Snapshot or even a Selfie in todays current mentality. That’s all that is. A fast Snapshot. If at all possible maybe just maybe a persons true personality can be captured. That would be a small percentage and an accident at best.
To see a person and who they truly are is a special situation. It can also be spontaneous but the Soul. The essence of what makes a person has to show.
Even if you don’t know the person. By looking at a true portrait we can envision what the person must have been like. Who that person really is!!

Do we always succeed? Of course not. We might like to think so but realistically nope! A little crop here. A little touch up there. It might look close but not necessarily what the Soul is. We try to capture what is behind that facade. What makes that person tick? That is the True Nature and make up of a Portrait.

One of my emails this morning was a newsletter from a fantastic site that I’ve been following for a few years now. I’ve mentioned it in previous Issues. It’s Called:

“The Photo Argus”

In the latest Issue was a discussion and listing of Photographic Education Classes specifically for Portraits. Now through the years I’ve taken a class or two. Sometimes even going so far as taking a Beginners Class. Now why would he take a beginner Photography Class when he’s obviously not a beginner you may ask? I feel that sometimes we forget the basics. During one of these classes I actually learned a few things from some of the other students and less from the Instructor. Yeah I kept my mouth shut and tried my best to stay as low key as possible. But the curiosity from the beginner student always raises questions that we might either forget or just ignore completely.

Here is the link from the article:

https://www.thephotoargus.com/photography-courses-for-portrait-photographers/

Now creating portraits is not for everyone. Just like everything else it’s a special class all it’s own. No matter how much we know, there is always something else to learn!

Here is a portrait I created of a very lovely model. I had used 2 Lights off camera.
Triggered by Wireless Remotes to prevent wires from going all over the place.

The details are on my technical blog here if your interested:

https://not4wood.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/portraits-for-the-love-of/

© MarkG-Photography
All Rights Reserved

Model: Judy
Photographer: MarkG

 

All comments and discussions are always welcome.
Have a Great Weekend Everyone.

 

judy

 

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Light and Color

Friday Night Photography Quote:

A painter works with color as the medium, a photographer works with light.
– Carlotta M. Corpron


For my purposes the first thing I would like to tell you is that I am Not going to even attempt to re-invent the wheel so to speak. Everything in todays discussion is out there if you so choose to decide to do your own research. Which I always recommend!

Light and Shadow

Would you like to make your images look better than just a Snap Shot?
Then you need to try to notice how the light and shadows look around you.
Notice how a cloudy day has softer light! The shadows have less contrast to the surrounding light. This is better for a shot of people. So if you look to place your subject within a shadow area and not in direct Sun Light you will have a better image. Maybe! Now you have to also be aware of the shadows falling on the persons face. See natural light does have its own set of problems. Natural Light is the best Light! We All have heard that from one person or another. My Add to that is Natural Light is perfect! But sometimes it does need a little bit of help. Especially when it comes to Photography and then again while shooting people.

There is a whole corner of the Net devoted to this. I’ve referenced them time and time again on my pages. Strobist! If you want to improve your images of people you have to go to the Strobist page and do some reading.

http://strobist.blogspot.com

Understanding Light will definitely improve your photography. We all see the images I’ll call them Snapshots of people all too dark and we can barely see any features at all. Viewers say oh it’s a beautiful Portrait?? Nope!! We can barely see who the person is let alone any features………. Proper exposure will always help. Learning how to use Light to our Advantage will raise the level of your Photography.
I’ll Share one picture I had made of a neighbors cute little boy. I had them turn so the setting sun will create a nice side light. I had used my external flash to just kiss the face to remove any unwanted shadows and also to give me a proper exposure.

Proper exposure: I had taken a meter reading from my existing light meter inside my camera. I matched this with my flash and then turned down the power just slightly. Setting my exposure for the background made the Sun Light give me a wonderful highlight.

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Look into his eyes. We can definitely see a small highlight reflecting the flash I had used. I had hand held my flash up high and to the side in my left hand while using my right hand to hold and press the shutter. Here I also used the built in control from my camera communicating to my flash both for the control of power and when the shutter was going off the flash fired. This was before I acquired my Wireless Flash Trigger. The Nikon Creative Lighting System does work. I will link to my other blog for the picture details on the References on the bottom of this page.

The above is just a small example of using Off Camera Flash. But the need to understand Light goes far beyond using Flash. First Off having the Flash Off Camera is where we all begin. This will help us in removing that terrible Flat bright look as well as the famous “Red Eye”! Gotta Move That Flash out of the line from the lens!

Color Theory

We all have noticed it. We all see it constantly within our normal day to day activities! Complimentary Colors! Contrasting Colors! Learning Colors will also improve our Photography. Without going into too much detail I will link over to an over simplified explanation for you to read. Basic Color Theory is the Title!
Look it over. If any of this discussions helps you. Please let me know by leaving a comment in the fields below.

Thank you for reading. Have a great weekend everybody.

Mark

References:

Strobist: http://strobist.blogspot.com

Basic Color Theory: https://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory

Technical Blog: https://not4wood.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/off-camera-flash-2/

The Story?? Your Main Idea . . .

Friday Night Photography Quote:

To take photographs means to recognize — simultaneously and within a fraction of a second — both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.
— Henri Cartier-Bresson


Last week we discussed impact! If your images don’t have any Impact or that Special thing to make your viewers go “WOW” then your Not Close enough!

I’d like to continue that discussion this week. I’ve been seeing a lot of images lately. The images are so busy we can’t tell what the main idea was. That one subject which is what the person saw and thought it was worth taking a shot was so disguised by the unimportant areas that we wouldn’t be able to “See” what the main idea or subject was.

In my experience the first thing that comes to mind is “Why”? Why did you think it was worth taking the shot? What is your “Main Subject”? Look around at both the foreground and the background! Is there anything in the way to detract or distract the viewers eye from your main Subject?

Last week I had mentioned the famous quote: If it’s Not Big Enough your Not Close Enough!

This in short means you/we have too many distracting things in your image to take away from the main subject/s or Idea.

But this is Art! What are you trying to make your viewer “See”! Remember everything we do is to get an emotional response from our Viewers.

I follow several of the more prominent Photographer Educators on the Net and I do speak to them from time to time. One brilliant writer has been mentioned in my Blog Posts from time to time. He is the author of a book I recommend to All those Beginners who need to understand how and why to get better images. He explains proper exposure and the theory behind the basics. The Book is Titled “Understanding Exposure” by Bryan Peterson and can be purchased on Amazon.

In Bryan’s latest lesson published on Facebook he came up with a great quote.
I am posting it here with his permission:

“Quit focusing on the ‘story’, and instead focus on the exclamation point!”
— Bryan Peterson

I thought this was making such a great point I had to ask him for permission to use it here. He obviously gave me his blessing.

I am going to post 2 images from the same shot. It is of a Great Egret. The first is SOOC and I Only did a conversion to JPG. The other is a cropped image with a little bit of contrast and playing with the bright white to try and give a bit more detail.
See if my exposure was off that very bright area in the face and neck would be whats called blown out. The Camera Sensor is limited in its ability to see details in the brightest of Whites. That’s another reason I try to shoot in Raw Format. Raw actually lets the Sensor loose and is able to “See” more details in the darkest areas of those shadows as well as giving us the ability to bring those details out on processing. Also if the exposure was “Off” then there would be no details to bring out in that Blown Out area.

This first image is a nice image. Shows the natural background. But to me has no impact. Now compare this with the image below:

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Cropped and edited

Still shows the natural surroundings! But the impact of being able to make out the details of this Birds Eye makes the image that more powerful. At the same time I am removing the distracting parts of the image.

We have several methods and tools available to us to do this.
The first which might be more expensive is to get a longer lens. The lens I used for this is the Nikon 70-300 f:4.5-5.6 VR which I have on my camera most of the time if I’m going out to shoot Wildlife. There are a lot more offerings for longer glass but alas that is currently out of my budget. If could sell some of my Art I would be able to buy one..
The other method is a lot easier. Walking  or Getting  Closer!! That might Not be possible if there is danger in walking in an area that might contain a possible predator or like in this shot a possible snake or some kind of lizard. Also getting closer might not be practical. This bird for instance is skittish and your getting to close? He obviously will fly away from Us and all we would see is a bad angle with no details of the face.

The other tool we have is to Crop! We Crop Out or remove parts of the image that are distracting as well as to give us better composition.

Understanding why Composition will Affect the Image and how proper placement of the subject will help give us more impact. A Normal Beginner will say “Rules are Made to be Broken” referring to the “Rules of Composition”. I’ve had many a discussion on this and to me it is someone who thinks that studying the rules is nonsense. They are more creative and do Not Need those Rules! Trust Me!
The “Rules of Composition” were created by the Great Masters of Art! We use those Same Rules and apply it to Photography to Help Us in making an Image Stand Out compared to someone who just takes a “Snap Shot”!

All Comments Welcome! I encourage you to please leave me note that lets me know what you think of my discussions.

Thank You All
Have a Great Weekend
Mark

Education . . .

Friday Night Photography Quote:

My work is about making candy for the eyes. It’s about grabbing your attention. Even though my work is appearing in magazines I am trying to make a large picture. I want my photographs to read like a poster.David LaChapelle
“American Photo”, July/August 1995, page 53


I’m calling this Issue “Education”!
I am in a strange discussion on Facebook about higher education and the other person was saying how it destroys individualism and personality.
I’m going to quote him here: “Colleges to Not hire conservative instructors. The ones that actually do are the Colleges we never hear of”. Seriously he said this. He was saying that it (Colleges) destroys conservative ideals.

When I was going to College in the Department of Mechanical Technology in those many years ago. Nothing of any political ideas were even discussed. I don’t know and actually didn’t want to ask how this person knew this but it sounded like a bunch of excuses why someone should not go to an Institution of Higher Education.

Using this as a background I am now pointing this of course to Photography.
Starting off being “Self-Taught” is probably how we all start. Reading everything we can get our hands on. Trial and Error with the equipment we could afford might not be the greatest thing. But it does teach us how to “Push” said equipment to help us create something that can inspire us to further our knowledge. Watching Video Tutorials and Joining the many Photography Groups out there also gives us an education on how and why. Learning by others and by getting C&C. Constructive C&C is what truly helps us. That for those that don’t know is “Constructive Comments and Criticism”.

Now the big leap of faith has come upon us. Becoming an Apprentice to someone who is in the know. Trying to get a job in an existing Photo Studio. Learning the ropes and becoming an assistant or even a light person helps us in understanding the basics. We can study all we want. But learning under someone who possesses the skills that will seriously give us an education that is almost impossible to acquire anywhere else. But at the same time we can learn if that person is “Not” a true Artist!
If that person is not someone you want to learn from then you’ve already reached the next level of understanding and then its time to move on. To find someone else that has the knowledge and skill you seek.

The Schools of Photography

I always wanted to go to this one famous large Photography School that was always featured in the Ads of the Magazines back in the day. I couldn’t afford it. Then many years later when was a Manager of a Portrait Studio I had ran an ad seeking a person for a Photographers Position.
At first I was impressed with the first few people. But after a while I was disturbed by those seeking employment. Every person had the exact Same Portfolio of the exact same Models including the same lighting patterns.

Even if you are aware that the school probably hired the same people to be models for different classes. That a Lighting Situation was set up by the Instructor and the students were to shoot it the way the Instructor set up the situation.
To mean it didn’t look like anything more than a Drone doing what they were told!
Even speaking to those people. They were repeating the same exact words like a Scary Sci-Fi movie.

Not one Portfolio I saw included anything different than the previous person.
Nothing Creative that they had shot on their own. Nothing!

Now the time period was also before “Digital”. Where to test a person I had given them a negative to go into the Darkroom to create a Print. Told them that the darkroom was already set up. Where the paper was and that I had changed the settings for exposure of the Enlarger so they were to actually do it from scratch.

If I tell you that I knew they had Darkroom Classes in that school and that they should actually understand and have the knowledge to be able to create a print from a good Negative. That is a Basic Knowledge of Photography people. Besides shooting and using the Camera. To going into the Darkroom and Creating a Print.

I was surprised at how many of said people couldn’t do this very Basic principle.
I gave them a good amount of time before I knocked on the door to enter. Remember this was a busy working studio and I also had to do my thing with customers. Sometimes I would find test prints hidden that they didn’t want me to see…
Even a few didn’t know how to get the Negative into the proper Holder in the Enlarger. I would make excuses for myself that all Enlargers are Not the same. But the real principle of how it works should have at least made the person try to find where the Holder inside the Enlarger was???

Very few of these people actually made a proper print. They were the ones that I had Hired. You see I was actually Hiring a Darkroom person to fill that position besides having someone who could handle the camera for all the different reasons that were required.

Required you Ask??? Ha For a simple Studio we created images for a whole slew of things. From the basic Passport to images that were needed for an article in either a book, magazine, in house brochure and last even a newspaper. We also did fast headshots that some models needed to bring to an agency to give them an idea if they had “The Look” that they wanted. I even had phone calls from an agency that requested that the person in question get a full frontal view without any kind of posing because they wanted to see details. Nothing Fancy for them for a change. It was actually a special request. Most of the time the agencies wanted a little bit of a pose to get an idea. For some reason this image of the young lady they wanted to see something. Maybe a specific look they were after for a special purpose. Who knows?
As a photographer it was my job to fulfill those requirements.

Lighting Drama? Posing to make the person look more professional? Even the Business Section of the Newspapers still have those articles making an official announcement about either New Employees. Or someone who recent’y received a promotion. Being able to handle all of these situations pushes us to the limits of creativity when necessary.

Being Self Taught at the start is a great idea. But being able to handle every situation that comes our way puts us into a different ability level.

Welcome to the Next Level …………………………………………..

Being Hungry to improve! Being Hungry to be better Now than you were Yesterday!
I have an expression that some of my long time followers I’m sure can picture me saying it again here:

The More We Know! The More We Know We Don’t Know
— Mark G

Yeah thats me. I say that. I made it up. My Quote! My Only Quote that I take credit for…

Where are you in your travels through learning about “Photography”?
Are you happy with your current ability or skill? What do you want to learn next? How will you feed your next hunger?

My current delema is finding people to shoot. I’ve been getting a bad case of Cabin Fever because I have Not Shot a Portrait in a while. Portraiture is in my Blood. I’ve been doing it for a long time. It’s a way for me to express myself. I shoot wildlife, landscapes and sceneries. Even Still Lifes including flowers as a way of distraction.
Distracting me from the Hunger. The Hunger to learn and better myself in my Creativity for Portraits! Why? Because there is always something to learn. New Poses! New ways to Light a person. Notice I didn’t say New Gear? Yeah there is always something to buy. But All Gear! Especially if you h ave enough.. Hmm Never enough. How bout enough to shoot with the Gear we already have.
Having the latest and greatest will Not Make You a Better Photographer.
That’s Hype from the Advertisers…. Having a New Lens? Hmm only if your current Glass can’t handle the situation that your going to Face? Can I make do with my current gear? Yes!!

Out of frustration I am sharing two Images here of two lovely ladies that I had photographed during my life’s journey.

 

Being made Up!

M/U and Hair being created for the Workshop. Model sitting patiently and she had given me permission to shoot this after I had asked..

 

Mother and Daughter

While I was shooting an Event I was able to pose and did a fast shoot.

All Questions and Comments appreciated.
Have a great Weekend everyone.

MarkG

Thank You!

Friday Night Photography Quote:

There is no formula for a good photograph. Mediocre pictures may follow a formula, good ones seldom do: When the visual tools are used just right, the design, lighting, mood, and emotion come together to just the right point, and that point hits you and you know what the photographer meant – that’s a good picture.
— Ed Feingersh – “What Makes a Good Picture?”,

The Best of Popular Photography by
Harvey V. Fondiller , ISBN: 0871650371 , Page: 273


We would like to Thank All Of You
for the Likes and Comments on Facebook to Help Us Celebrate!

We had a Wonderful Relaxing Day!
In Need of something to make us Relax.
This was the perfect prescription that  we Needed!

Thank You All!

With All Our Love,

Terre and Mark

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Thank You!

Workflow . . .

Friday Night Photography Quote:

ROBERT CAPA
[1913 – 1954] Born in Hungary – possibly the most famous war photographer
of the 20th century.

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. — Robert Capa
– before he got too close to a mine that killed him, while covering Indochina.


Let’s talk about technique. Technique for creating Impact!

Shooting wildlife in the Northeast of the United States aka New York. We are hard pressed for anything exotic. I’ve shared my Red Tailed Hawk images previously.

While in Florida walking along the edge of a lake. Walking quietly so as to not startle anything but at the same time keeping an eye out for anything that might look at me with a Lunch Menu in mind…. We are told to make noise! Well that’s all well and good but if you’re interested in getting a few images that’s Not Really a good way..
Stalking your prey! Being Cautious! Always keeping Focus on your surroundings.
Never ever let your guard down.

I almost missed this little critter. Male/Female I have no idea. Camouflaged real well.

I have my camera set to Aperture Priority at f:8. ISO: 200 and my trusty Nikon 70-300 VR f:4.5-5.6 baby attached to my Nikon D700. Picture Quality is “Usually” set to capture the images in the Nikon Raw File Format NEF. Now for those that are Still Not familiar with this. Non of the picture enhancing options in the Menu affect the image. I’m shooting this way because I and I alone want to control every aspect of the image.

I am posting several of the same image to show somewhat of my thinking and progress from just a conversion to JPG to show what the image Originally Looked like when I first thought that It was a good place to start.
SOOC means Straight Out of Camera with No Editing done.

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SOOC

My normal workflow is to first remove any noise that might be present.
Even though at that ISO: 200 there is really no perceptual noise I want to make sure before I start to play. Then I’ll do an overall slight sharpening to counter the “Normal” destruction of being saved to the Memory Card.

Here is the second slightly sharpened and I also increased contrast as well as lowered the brightness to start making it a better image.

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Overall total picture edit: slightly sharpened. Increased Contrast to start bringing out the details.

Now my thoughts are that I need to do a bit more Sharpening but Only on the Face and immediately after including the Front Leg. Going maybe about halfway down the body to help keep the Viewers Attention on the Face and Eye. Also I need to make the image Slightly Darker and increase the Contrast just a drop more. Maybe throw in a drop “Darker” as well. Still looks too bright to me.
I’m working the image a little bit at a time. If I make a mistake I can just Delete that editing and go back to the previous step so I won’t loose any of my last edits.

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Selective Sharpening on the Face going down about halfway. Using the Nik Raw Sharpener and Brushing it where It needs to be done.

Now that’s starting to look a lot better. We can now clearly see some details as well as how the Iguana used his coloring to blend into the background. By increasing the contrast we can now see more of the strips on the tail.

I think that looks good. But I want Impact!! I want my Viewers to look at this and go Whoa!! So like the Robert Capa quote above. Time to Crop the Image. Notice that removing the Noise is first. Sharpening is next so as to note make any of the Noise obvious. Depending on the image and how I’m feeling about it. I might also do another Sharpen along the way. But I’m thinking my editing is about done here.
I just want to Crop it and remove any distracting features.

So I now have Two Images. The one above to think about. As well as a Cropped version that I’m liking a bit more..

Here is the Finished Product! Including my Watermark which is the last thing I do before converting to a JPG Image.

Have a Great Weekend Everybody.
Like always any and All Comments are appreciated.
Mark

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Finished Cropped Image.

Vision! Too Previsualize

Friday Night Photography Quote:

The element of discovery is very important. I don’t repeat myself well. I want and need that stimulus of walking forward from one new world to another. There is something demoralizing about going back to a place to retake pictures. You can no longer see your subjects in a fresh eye; you keep comparing them with the pictures you hold in your memory. [The] world was full of discoveries waiting to be made…(as a photographer) I could share the things I saw and learned…you would react to something all others might walk by.
Margaret Bourke-White
Portrait of Myself by Margaret Bourke-White


To Previsualize inside our heads of how “you” feel the Photograph will look once it’s actually complete. Too “See” is much more than to just look.
All our personal experience. All of our training adds up as to how we will see a scene inside our heads. That includes all of the reading. All of the classes and workshops. Especially all of the trial and errors that we initially go through till the point in our lives where we can walk around with our cameras confident that whatever will come our way, we will have the capacity to capture in such a way that will make our viewers appreciate the final work.

Something funny came across my newsfeed on Facebook the other day. Since I really don’t have anything of my own to compare it with. But since I don’t have permission from the first person who did the work I can’t share it…
The first image was a very dramatic shot of cloud cover with a beautiful image of the moon. The quote read: What I see!
The second image was of a black image with a small white dot. That quote said:
What my camera sees!!

That my friends in a nutshell is the problem with the tools. The Camera! Whether it be a Smartphone, Point and Shoot, a DSLR or even a Medium Format Digital Camera.
Put it all in perspective. They don’t “See” what we have inside our minds eye!
They see it without the selective focus our eyes do. They see it whether it’s Bright or Dark. Our Human Eye can selectively alter the brightness levels so we can tell whats going on. The camera will see a very bright scene and expose for that. Of course not knowing that the people in front of that bright area are our main subjects.
It is “Our” job to control the proper exposure for that particular scene. Same thing for the reverse. A Very Dark background that dominates the whole image will be the main exposure. Will in return give a Very Bright Subject to give our main subject soo bright we still can’t see any details.

The inherent problem is the “Automatic Setting”. We can control what the camera will be trying to do if we just use a little bit of effort. We see this all the time on the Net. On a smart phone  there are other settings to use. Either “Semi-Automatic” or “Gasp” taking it Off of Automatic all together and Using the “Manual” Controls.

Lets get passed that. We “See” a dramatic Sky. Maybe interesting Cloud cover and/or shapes. We grab for our Smart Phone and take a fast shot. Of course that shot looks nothing like we envisioned upon for seeing those interesting clouds. So what do “They” Do?? That post it anyway on Social Media and everyone is now saying “Oh that’s Great”?? Seriously People? Try saying to yourself if I get that shot Printed. Matted and Framed. Would it look Good on my Wall? If you even have to think twice? Then it’s Not Worth the Effort!!

There are those who also say: Oh I only like it natural?? Natural What? To me this means they don’t have a clue about even the slightest understanding about the basics of Darkroom Work. Darkroom Work whether with chemicals in Wet Film Photography or the Digital Darkroom. Depressing the Shutter is where the work starts. People say: Oh Nature is the Best! Yes it is. Can the Camera Capture the Beauty of Nature? Yeah if your extremely lucky! Once captured that Beauty of Nature has to be worked to try to recreate it or help to bring out the beauty we once saw at the moment of capture.

There are two trains of thought on this. The first one is extremely difficult and has to follow a very rigid set of rules and guidelines. “Street Photography”! Capturing the interaction of the subject with “No Editing”. Getting everything from composition to proper exposure correct in camera. No enhancements at all!

That my friends “Out Classes” anyone who says I like it Natural when shooting their poorly exposed images and trying to share that on Social Media!

The other Group is: Minimalist
The main subject has no interference from anything in its surroundings. For example a lone leaf floating on water. Nothing that might distract the viewer from the leaf.

To Create an image for either of these “Highly Skilled Areas” one must be very proficient in the Craft. It’s extremely difficult even for those who are highly skilled.

Do I shoot “Street”? Most of the time my images do Not Fall under the proper Rules so I must say No! Are they “Street” for the rest of us? Yeah but again we are not part of this “Elite” Group…

So think about the Scene in Front of you. Ask yourself what is the main subject? What is it about this scene that makes you want to capture it that might get some kind of reaction from your Viewer? The Viewer is your Audience! You are the creator/artist and your audience is supposed to have some kind of emotional response to looking at your image.

According to the definition of “Art”. Anything that can create some kind of emotional response no matter what that emotion is. Upon looking at your Image or Creation.

Just like you know how to use a Fork or Spoon! Do you consciously think how am I going to pick up that piece of food? NO! You just do it. Why? Because your Fingers or whatever is “Trained” to do what it is supposed to, to get that job done.

Know Your Camera and I don’t care What Kind of Camera your Using.
Know and Understand what and how you can get that “Tool” to do what you want it to do without thinking about it.

Walking around we see something. Something that catches our eye. These are my images. I just asked my brother if I can share them with you. I had shot these a couple of years ago at a pool. His son was not happy. He was called out of the water by his mother so he could eat. He wanted to stay in the water and play.
These are the same images. The color image is what was in front of my camera. The Black & White Image is what I had seen “Inside My Head” at that fleeting moment of time. That precious moment everyone talks about.

Originally shot in the Nikon Raw File Format NEF.
Original Color image was cropped slightly and edited using Photoshop with the Nik Collection and then converted to B&W using the Silver Efex Pro 2 from the Nik Collection.

Any and All Comments and Criticisms are encouraged. What are your thoughts about my Article?

You can use the Reply Area below to leave a comment.

Thank you and have a Great Weekend Everyone!
Mark