In this article, I’ll give an overview of available Photoshop masking methods, types of masks, the difference between masks and selections, when to use them, and a few tips and guidelines for better masking and less frustration. And keep in mind: a smart photographer/artist is someone who also knows when NOT to create selections. If you don’t need them and can solve it in an easier and faster way, then don’t waste your time.
This article describes and suggests a practical step-by-step method for fine-art processing, purely seen from an artistic and aesthetic point of view without going into the technical aspects of Photoshop at all, as I firmly believe Photoshop skills shouldn’t be decisive. And I will try to demonstrate that you can actually do with almost no Photoshop knowledge at all to create high-end gallery worthy and award-winning prints.
Using and creating 16 bits asymmetrical luminosity masks in Photoshop for ultimate controlAn article and tutorial on the use and creation of asymmetrical luminosity masks for better and more accurate tonal separation and editing in Photoshop In my recently released...
Column 4 with my short opinion on current (photography) affairs or just another short thought related to photography. In any case they all only express a personal opinion. Today's column is on the importance of the individual experience as part of the artistic...
Column 3 with my short opinion on current (photography) affairs or just another short thought related to photography. In any case they all only express a personal opinion. Today's column is on portraiture and self-portraiture in photography. On portraiture and...
Photography and fine-art photography in the digital age, when does photography stop being photography and becomes digital manipulation? What is ‘allowed’ and what isn’t? A deconstruction and an analogy with the evolution of painting and the evolution of analog photography resulting in the recommendation of giving clarity in what has been done in postproduction and anything is allowed.
Column 2 with my short opinion on current (photography) affairs or just another short thought related to photography. In any case they all only express a personal opinion. Today's column is on the essence of true street photography and why and how it differs from news...
Large Format Photography 1 - Getting Started - Equipment From Left to Right: A Linhof 4x5 Large Format and a Gibellini 4x5 Large Format with wide-angle bellows INTRODUCTION Before I kick off this series on Large Format Photography, there are a few things I need to...
Creating Striking But Subtle Dark Images In Black And White Photography There are many wrong assumptions in black and white photography, when it comes down to tonal zones and what they represent, and how contrasts should be used to reveal details. In this tutorial...
Introducing a FREE, stripped-down version, of the B&W Artisan Pro Panel: BW Artisan Lite. Only subscribers to our newsletter will receive a password for the free download of the panel, including other discounts. The power of this panel is in its subtle and accurate local adjustments. Just select free-form and adjust with the push of a button
Making a living out of professional photography in the digital age is not always what you might expect. Perhaps this assertion can be rephrased by replacing photography with any other profession/skillset in the age of Internet and social media. Because, does it really...
Introducing a new section on my website that I call Column and will be filled with an opinion, current (photography) affairs or just another short thought related to photography. In any case they all only express a personal opinion. I tend to post to this column at least twice a month. I’m kicking off with ‘Cliches and authenticity’.
Announcing articles on 4×5 large format photography in the digital age, using a hybrid workflow, which will be an integral part of this website from now onwards.
Is a photograph of an existing artistic creation, such as a building or sculpture, derivative and can it therefore not be considered fine-art photography? Is it even plagiarism? An analysis and conclusions.
What is creativity? How elusive is it and can we learn creativity? This article tries to describe the creative process and what it really is based on an influential essay of military strategist John R. Boyd and then tries to apply it to the artistic process.
An in-depth interview with multiple award-winning fine-art photographer and architect Julia Anna Gospodarou. We don’t talk gear or techniques only art and photography.
Architectural photography can roughly be separated in traditional or real estate architectural photography on one hand and fine art architectural photography on the other hand. The difference is a difference in intention of the photographer.
It’s been 4 years ago since I last did an online workshop. Therefore, I’ve decided to do another online workshop this summer. This one-off online workshop will be limited to only 5 students. You can learn anything you want and ask anything you want, as long if it’s related to the art of photography.
Part 2 of the guide to black and white photography: black and white photography technical essentials and an overview of conversion methods with the least amount of interpolations. Recommendations for better black and white photography
In this review I try out Phase One’s latest digital back: the IQ3 Achromatic 100MP. A camera dedicated to black and white photography, with possible exposure times up to 60 minutes. Included in this review are 100% crops and full resolution images for download.
Part 1 of a guide to give some insight in black and white photography and how to create better black and white photographs.
In this location guide I discuss how and when to shoot The Salk Institute (located in San Diego) and The Scoop (located in London). I go over vantage points and give my advice on how to photograph these locations.
A new series with short articles on ideas and thoughts, meant to motivate and inspire and improve one’s photographic and artistic abilities.
A more advanced and accurate way of creating split tones to a black and white photograph, using luminosity masks and exact color values for complementary tones.