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How Art History Can Improve Your Photography

I like Lighstalking because they often have articles that are not just equipment or the obvious how to type tutorials. This piece By is a perfect example of that and one which I wholeheartedly agree with. There is no doubt that we can all learn from the masters of photography but why stop there, image making has been with us since almost the birth of mankind, think of the cave painting is Lascaux. So this article lays out the importance of art in general to photographers. I am always surprised when someone tells me they are interested in photography or more, that it is their hobby, but show no evidence of this other than owning a camera. What about exhibitions, master photographers or monographs or books about photography?

During some part of your training as a photographer, whether self taught or classically trained, you’ve probably been told to study images taken by photographers whose work you admire. You can learn a lot about your personal style this way, zeroing in on what it is exactly that makes you favor it. Discovery, after all, begins with observation. Keeping that in mind, let’s take our artistic observations one step further and we can see how the old masters of painting have influenced not the just the eyes of master photographers, but also the entire artistic medium that is photography.

There is no doubt about it, painting has had a significant impact on the way that photographers use light. The first thing that comes to mind is Rembrandt lighting. The style was named in honor of the painter and is still widely used in portrait photography for the simple fact that, when done correctly, it looks really good.

Vermeer – The Milkmaid [Public domain], by Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675)

5 Essential Considerations for Sharpening Your Street Photography

This article  By is on Lightstalking

“Street photography tells a story in ways that other types of photography can’t. They are spontaneous, interesting, and perfect mementos of a moment in time. As a street photographer, you are capturing life as it happens which may not be as easy as it seems. Moments can happen in a flash and you have to be ready roll when you see something that strikes you as photo-worthy. There’s no time to fiddle with lighting, tweek your camera settings, or set up a tripod. Next time you find yourself roaming the streets, camera in-tow, try using some of these tips and see if you can take your street photography to the next level.”.…MORE

When in doubt find the light, and then wait is my advice

©Keith Barnes – Laos

An Introduction to Rembrandt Lighting For Portrait Photographers

“If you’re a beginning photographer, chances are you’re still in the process of building up your arsenal of studio lighting. Being able to get the most out of a small lighting setup can be crucial to your photography. For those working with a one or two light setup, Rembrandt lighting can help you achieve professional quality portraits with a minimal amount of equipment.  Named for its frequent appearance in Rembrandt paintings, Rembrandt lighting is a method of studio lighting in which the subjects face is well lit on one side with only a small triangle of light appearing on the opposite cheek, such as in the photograph below.”..MORE


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