Photoshop is Photography; and This is Why

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There are many schools of mind and thought when it comes to defining what a photograph is. Some say that a photograph is exactly what comes out of the camera and nothing more. Others tend to argue that using Lightroom is alright. Still others continue to say that the world of presets, HDR and other methods are untrue to what photography is.

Photography in its colloquial term basically means painting with light. It started with the obscura, moved onto things like tin types, then film, and now digital. For most of photography’s years, the darkroom was the king. We base a lot of what we do in Lightroom and Photoshop off of Darkroom methods.

But to this day, if you say that some concepts in Photography result in not an actual Photo being created, then there are years and years of darkroom photographers that would prove you otherwise.

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On the Creative Thought Process Behind a Photograph

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Photo Essays is a series on the Phoblographer where photographers get to candidly speak their mind about a specific subject or project of theirs. Want to submit? Send [email protected]

All images by Bryan Minear. Used with permission. Be sure to also follow him on Instagram.

In today’s world where we are constantly bombarded with photos of spectacular locations, it takes nothing to pull up a location search for an area you are visiting, find the shots that you want to take, and go shoot the same thing that a hundred people before you have taken. But that doesn’t mesh with me. As an artist, I hold my personal creative vision above all other things. It far surpasses the gear that I use as well as the locations that I visit.

The majority of the personal work that I shoot, I do so within 15 miles of my house. And I don’t live in a particularly “epic” location that is known for its scenery (i.e. the PNW or Cali). But even though I only live in the midwest, I still get to be an artist. I just have to try harder and put a ton of work in to my craft. A lot of that comes down to scouting my locations in advance, and waiting to shoot at the perfect time, with just the right combination of weather and light to add that dynamic mood and interest. I’m not saying that taking the iconic photos is bad, but it can put you in a rut where you are only going through the motions.

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Portraiture, Skin Tones, and Clothing: Making the Editing Process Easier

Model: Megan Gaber

If you’re a portrait photographer and you’ve learned how to work with the color channels in Lightroom, then you’re probably aware of some of the potential problems that can occur when editing the channels and how they affect a scene. In some situations, editing skin can be simple enough. But unless you’re using a Color Checker of some sort then you know that it can become very complicated.

Before you go on, I strongly recommend not really taking this post in unless you’ve worked with the color channels and have advanced experience in portraiture. It will probably be very tough to process otherwise. Why? It’s cumulative. However, it’s only briefly touching on this as it can become very complicated.

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Mehran Djojan: Self-Revelatory Conceptual Portraiture (NSFW)

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All images by Mehran Djo. Used with permission.

Mehran Djojan is 21 years old and was born in Afghanistan but grew up in Germany. He’s studying Communication Design at FH-Potsdam and lives in Berlin. Mehran fell in love with photography when he was younger and finds inspiration in everything. The creme de la creme of his work is his portraiture, which Mehran says he does because of his fascination with people.

But beyond this, he finds that he loves to shoot in the evening and that much of his work is experimentation and expression–therefore releasing a part of himself into each image.

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Kalliope Amorphous: Exploring Identity Through Alternative Technqiues

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All images by Kalliope Amorphous. Used with permission.

“I have said that photography is a conversation between time and light as translated by a mirror. I love being part of that conversation.” says photographer Kalliope Amorphous in a very beautiful statement about the art form.

She’s a very unconventional photographer and uses alternative ways to getting her images. For example, she uses a lot of mirrors, lighting and in-camera distortion techniques to get a look that she creates in-camera instead of in Photoshop. Lots of her images are self-portraits, and she prides herself on doing this type of stuff way before the Instagram days. Lots of her work not only use reflections, but flur, multiple exposures, and other techniques. She explores identity, mortality, time, and consciousness through her work–and it’s earned her a number of awards.

 

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Michal Zahornacky’s Telling and Surreal Portraits (NSFW)

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All images by Michal Zahornacky. Used with permission.

When most folks think about surreal portraiture, they’re often thinking about lots of Photoshop work. But that’s not often the case with Michal Zahornacky. Michal is a professional fine art photographer from Slovakia. He draws his inspiration from various things in life and always keeps his eyes peeled.

Michal mainly focuses on portraiture, and to that end also does wedding photography. Overall though, his themes are to elicit specific emotions and atmospheres in his images. From his Behance, you can see that all this is clearly evident.

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Chris Rivera: Surreal Portraiture Inspired by Culture

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All images by Chris Rivera. Used with permission.

Photographer Chris Rivera is a fine art and conceptual photographer living in the outer L.A. area. He’s been shooting for a couple of years now; and has developed a boy of that that embodies the ideals of creative expression and freedom. I found his work on Behance, and fell in love with the scenes he depicts and that he says have been inspired by various cultures. “Some things I’m obsessed with are anything futuristic, minimalistic locations and black and white colors.” says Chris. “With photographing more people, I’ve tended to get into fashion as well! I love bringing some of my ‘darkness’ from my work into my everyday clothes!”

Chris’s work isn’t exactly dark as it is beautiful and ethereal.

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Flora Borsi’s Animeyed Combines Animals and People into Portraits

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All images by Flora Borsi. Used with permission.

Photographer Flora Borsi has always been a super creative person, as a winner of the Photoshop 25 under 25 award, it’s easy to see why. Besides her surreal work, she recently released a new project called Animeyed: which combines animals and people into a single portrait. “I always wanted to do something with Animals, I just didn’t know how to express myself.” says Flora. “Once I tried to do a selfie with my dog, and his eyes were like one of mine. This amateur picture was the trigger to make Animeyed series with different species.”

The do this series, she took photos of herself with the matching hairstyle and makeup–which all took an hour. Each photos individual manipulation took around 20 hours for each photo. Plus she had to research animal photos to include in the composite.

“I observed the little details, and the most typical things on each species. The texture of the skin, fur, color, eyes.” says Flora about each manipulation. “I made a moodboard, I was inspired by makeup artists, and hairdressers earlier work found on web.” Flora plans on continuing the series and hopes to get it into a gallery some day.

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