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  • How To Stimulate Your Photography by Learning From the Best

    Henri Cartier-Bresson said that “Your first ten thousand photographs are your worst.” Every successful creative spends boundless time, thought, and concentrated effort pursuing their passion. You can accelerate your photography education by learning from accomplished artists. One way to stimulate your photography is by reading quotes from not only photographers but creative people who express themselves in any medium.

    I find stimulus from musicians, painter, authors, sculptors, and others. By reading the words of outstanding visionary artists, you can draw from the depth of their experience.

    How To Stimulate Your Photography by Learning From the Best Thinking © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    Whether you are coming to grips with camera settings when you are just starting out or seeking deeper motivation, if you’re already confident with your camera, you will do well to learn from those with more experience than yourself or your peers.

    Be Part of an Ongoing Conversation

    “I’m in the middle of a long conversation with my audience, it’ll be a lifelong journey for both of us by the time we’re done.” Bruce Springsteen (rock musician, author)

    How To Stimulate Your Photography by Learning From the Best Portrait © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    Photography is a communicative tool. Your style choice may be fine art or street photography. You may be interested in creating documentary photographs. Whatever your choice of style and subject, approach it as an ongoing conversation. Not just talking, but also listening.

    Your best photographs express your feelings. They convey something of who you are. The best conversations are two-sided. Participate with your audience and listen to their feedback.

    If you’ve never seen Springsteen perform live, find some of his concert clips on Youtube. He is a master in audience participation. He draws energy from his audience and is driven to return that energy in his performances.

    How To Stimulate Your Photography by Learning From the Best Conversation © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    It’s easier for rock stars to do this than photographers. Find people to give you feedback. Become part of other photographers creative conversations by sharing your feelings about their photography. You will grow together.

    Work With the Raw Materials

    “What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.” John Berger (art critic, novelist, painter and poet)

    Having a good grasp of the basics for anything you want to learn is the start of your journey towards success. Photography is all about light and time. Understanding the role that these two raw materials play in photography will make your journey more exciting and absorbing.

    Throughout history, some of the greatest minds have devoted themselves to the understanding of time and light. As a photographer, you need to constantly consider these two raw materials of your craft. Not in such a deep way as to invent time travel, but at least in how they relate to the story you are telling with your photographs.

    How To Stimulate Your Photography by Learning From the Best Light and Time © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    “Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. However, above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” George Eastman (founder of Kodak)

    Practice Always

    “Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it work.” Martin Parr (photographer)

    Commitment over time makes a huge impact on your achievements. Photography is actually quite simple, but to make a truly great photograph in our lifetime will probably elude most of us. This should not stop you putting in the effort because there is always an element of luck. Unless you are practiced and prepared, when luck happens, you may miss it.

    How To Stimulate Your Photography by Learning From the Best Cart Racer © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    Whatever you like to photograph, work on it. Not once a month, or even once a week. Make a point of taking at least one photo a day and learning, or improving one technique. Focus on a few topics you love and make projects of them. You will see your progress more readily if you do.

    On Portraiture

    Be more than a person with a camera when you are making portraits. Engage in dialogue. This way your subject becomes an integral part of your photography conversation, and not just a ‘sitter’ for a head shot.

    “Who sees the human face correctly: The photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” Pablo Picasso (painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, and playwright)

    How To Stimulate Your Photography by Learning From the Best Portraiture © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    You could argue that some of the faces Picasso painted are barely recognizable as people. He expressed himself like no other person before him. Study him and read his quotes. You can learn from a master who was one of the most influential creatives in history.

    Portraiture is probably the most common photography subject (even if you exclude selfies.) There is nothing complicated about choosing to photograph a person, but the complexities in making an outstanding portrait are many.

    “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” Edward Steichen (photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator)

    On Street Photography

    “It’s easy to penetrate someone’s privacy. People are glad you’re there to see them, cos no one’s paying attention.” Bruce Davidson (photographer)

    How To Stimulate Your Photography by Learning From the Best Street Photography © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    Our perceptions of street photography are as varied as the number of photographers who engage in it. Bringing yourself to step out into the world, record it as you see it, and then share the photographic conversations you have, is challenging for many people.

    Jumping into the shoes of experience will ease this pain. Guys like Bruce Davidson have been approaching strangers ‘cold’ for decades. Use the voice of this experience to guide you and motivate you.

    Street photography is popular. There are a lot of new photographers producing some wonderful work. These pictures can do a certain amount to inspire, but there is no depth of experience to really lean on.

    How To Stimulate Your Photography by Learning From the Best Street Portrait © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    On Documentary Photography

    “I’m not an artist. An artist makes an object. Me, it’s not an object, I work in history, I’m a storyteller.” Sebastiao Salgado (photographer)

    Our photographs can change the world. Photographs can change us. As a young guy with a camera, seeing photos and reading articles with quotes from the greats like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado, Dorothea Lange, and other accomplished documentary photographers inspired me. These are the things that drove me.

    How To Stimulate Your Photography by Learning From the Best Documentary Photography © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    © Kevin Landwer-Johan

    Before the internet, we shared photos differently, being mostly restricted to printed pictures. Inspiration happened in the pages of books and magazines and sometimes on art gallery walls. Carefully curated bodies of work published in Time, Life, and National Geographic, accompanied by well-written, carefully edited articles, provided a richness difficult to find on Instagram or other social media platforms.

    If you feel strongly about something, photograph it. Make it an ongoing project. Let it span months or even years. But do not rely on only yourself. Look to those who have gone before you. Listen to their music, read their books, and study their photographs. Bring them into your creative conversation so that you stimulate your photography.

    “Photography takes an instant of our time, altering life by holding it still.” Dorothea Lange (photographer)

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  • How to Batch Resize Your Images Quickly Using Photoshop

    While it’s relatively easy to write an Action to resize a series of images in Photoshop, it’s easier still to get Photoshop to do all the work for you. Photoshop comes with an image processor script that will open, resize, and save a series of images for you – very quickly. Here are the steps to make the batch resize process work for your images.

    How to Batch Resize Your Images Using Photoshop

    Batch resizing images in PS CC 2019 is fast and easy – no need to run an action. You can just run a script in the Image Processor menu option.

    Step 1 – Image Processor

    How to Batch Resize Your Images Using Photoshop

    The Image Processor option lives under the Scripts tab in the main File menu of Photoshop.

    Choose File -> Scripts -> Image Processor. The image processor dialog shows a simple four-step process for resizing the images.

    Step 2 – Choose images

    In Section 1 of the Image Processor dialog, select to either resize the images already open in Photoshop (if you have them open) or click ‘Select Folder’ and choose a folder of images to resize. Select ‘Include all Subfolders’ if you wish to also include them.

    How to Batch Resize Your Images Using Photoshop

    I prefer to open my images prior to resizing in Photoshop. That way I am not hunting for the folder I need. But if you have all your images organized in a folder you can choose the ‘Select Folder’ option in Step 1 of the Image Processor window.

    Step 3 – Save images location

    In Section 2 of the Image Processor dialog box, you can select where to save the images. When selecting ‘Save in Same Location,’ Photoshop creates a subfolder to save the images in so you don’t have to worry about overwriting them. When a subfolder of the same name already exists with images of the same names in it, Photoshop saves to that folder but adds a sequential number to the file. That way, you won’t lose your other files. Alternatively, you can select a different folder for the resized images.

    How to Batch Resize Your Images Using Photoshop

    Indicate where you want Photoshop to save the resized images.

    Step 4 – File Type and Size

    In Section 3 of the Image Processor dialog box, select the file type you want Photoshop to save your image as. For the web ‘Save as JPEG’ is the obvious choice. You can set a Quality value in the range 0 to 12 where 12 is the highest quality and 0 the lowest.

    For better color on the web, you can also select ‘Convert profile to sRGB.’ Ensure that ‘Include ICC Profile’ at the foot of the dialog is checked so the profile will be saved with the image.

    How to Batch Resize Your Images Using Photoshop

    Option 3 in the Image Processor dialog box is where you can select the type of file you want to save the resized image. You can choose the size in terms of W (width) and H (height) in pixels.

    To batch resize the images, select the ‘Resize to Fit’ checkbox. Set the desired maximum width and height for the final image. For example, if you type ‘300’ for the width and ‘300’ for the height, the image will be resized so that the longest side of the image (whether it be in portrait or landscape orientation) will be 300 pixels.

    The images are scaled in proportion so they aren’t skewed out of shape. If desired, you can save in another format as well. Just select its checkbox so you can save the same image in different formats and at different sizes in the one process.

    The Width and Height measurements do not have to be the same. So you could, for example, specify a Width of 500 and a Height of 700 and no image will have a width greater than 500 or a height greater than 700.

    Step 5 – Run Action

    In Section 4 of the Image Processor panel, you can also select ‘Run an Action’ on the images if desired.

    Step 6 – Run

    Once you’re ready, click ‘Run’ and the images are automatically opened (if they are not already), resized, saved, and closed.

    To see your resized images, choose File -> Open and navigate to the folder that you specified the images to be saved to. If you chose to save as a JPEG, the images will be in a subfolder called JPEG. PSDs are in a folder called PSD and so on.

    How to Batch Resize Your Images Using Photoshop

    In conclusion, whenever you need to resize a large number of images for uploading to the web, for example, the batch resize in the Photoshop Image Processor script makes the job fast, efficient, and painless.

    The post How to Batch Resize Your Images Quickly Using Photoshop appeared first on Digital Photography School.


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  • Nikon Z6 4K video beats Z7 footage and is more like the A7III

    There have been a few issues reported with the Nikon Z7’s video capabilities. Talk of banding and pixelation that come as a result of how the Nikon Z7 captures full frame 4K. DPReview has just posted the below test footage, though, shot with the Nikon Z6 and it shows that it’s a very different animal, getting […]

    The post Nikon Z6 4K video beats Z7 footage and is more like the A7III appeared first on DIY Photography.


    Source: Diyphotographynet

  • Weekly Photography Challenge – Doorways

    This week’s photography topic for our weekly challenge is DOORWAYS!

    Doorways – Beechworth Mayday Hills Asylum Victoria by Caz Nowaczyk

    I’m a big fan of photographing doorways. There is so much mystery behind them. They are an opening to other possibilities and secret worlds…

    Post a picture of a doorway, or peering through one.

    Beechworth Mayday Hills Asylum Victoria by Caz Nowaczyk

    Check out some of the articles below that give you tips on finding and shooting doorway pictures.

    Architecture: Photographing Exterior Details

    Photographing Buildings [Composition Tips]

    You may like to try adding some black and white or split-tone effects to your image:

    How to Create Silky Split Toned Black and White Photos Using Luminosity Masks

    Photography Weekly Challenge – Doorways

    Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll be embedded for us all to see. Or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge!

    Share in the dPS Facebook Group

    You can also share your images in the dPS Facebook group as the challenge is posted there each week as well.

    If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites – tag them as #DPSDOORWAYS to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

    The post Weekly Photography Challenge – Doorways appeared first on Digital Photography School.


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  • Sony announces winners of Alpha Female program

    Back in September, Sony announced its Alpha Female Program aimed to support diversity in the industry. Now the winners have been announced, and among over 6,000 entries, five women have won the contest and earned plenty of valuable prizes. The 2018 grant recipients are these creators: Megan Allen, Danielle Da Silva, Erin Hogue, Nitashia Johnson, […]

    The post Sony announces winners of Alpha Female program appeared first on DIY Photography.


    Source: Diyphotographynet

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