How Alison Bounce Makes Underwater Photos You’ll Fall In Love With

“I didn’t recognize myself in these ‘too perfect’ images,” photographer Alison Bounce tells us in an interview. “Today I modify my photos slightly to compensate for the constraints of water. They are more authentic.” Alison is an underwater photographer with work that draws inspiration from paintings. Her work is simply stunning, and I found something almost romantic about it. Once we talked to her, I discovered some incredible stories.

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David Osborn Uses a Rare Method to Make His Painterly Photos

My name is David Osborn. I always I wanted to do ‘something’ artistic after school, so I spent my first year at art college studying fine art, however, combined with an inability to draw, fine art as a career seemed a bit optimistic and risky. The starving artist image never appealed. Studying graphic design was my compromise but spending weeks working on one project behind a desk was too slow. I’m an impatient personality. As result, I spent my time shooting photo-stories. Photography provided a more instant result, while being out and about in life with real people. This evolved into wanting to do news photography as a career.

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How Rebecca Zagoory Avoids Photographing the “Ugly” World

My name is Rebecca Zagoory. As a photographer, the world around me does the talking; I am compelled to listen, watch, and then capture its moments. Or create new ones where none existed before. What sets my work apart is that, other than cropping, color correction, and the occasional overt use of color for intentional artistic purposes, all work is presented as captured in the lens and without external digital manipulation. The human eye and the brain’s susceptibility to illusion are my central pieces of equipment. 

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Intentional Camera Shake: How to Make Paintings Using Your Camera

Making your photos look like paintings is pretty simple to do.

We do more than enough capturing. It’s truly time for photographers to start creating rather than capturing. One easy place to start is with in-camera paintings. If you do light painting, this is sort of that idea. But in this case, we’re embracing the flaws of camera shake. The photo industry does so much to prevent it. But the thing is that we’re engineering the fun out of photography. So if you want to make paintings using your camera, try this. You’ll have so much fun!

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Alessandro Corsini Used No Photoshop for These Hypnotizing Photos

All images by Alessandro Corsini. Used with permission.

My name is Alessandro Corsini. I’m an Italian artist, photographer, and media professional based in Berlin (Germany) for over a decade. Despite having started with photography pretty early, the journey to fine art photography has been long. My academic, professional, and artistic background is a trajectory from a commercial to a scientific and then to an artistic approach to media. During this trajectory, I worked with different media: video, photography, interactive media, and experimental languages at their intersection.

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Gundula Blumi Achieves This Stunning, Surreal Look Without Photoshop

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“Sometimes it feels like something in me is taking the pictures and not really myself,” expresses photographer Gundula Blumi to us in an interview. “…I use photography to put my impressions and emotions from everyday life in order.” Gundula is based in Berlin and does several positively fantastic images. When we found them, they were unlike anything we’ve seen before. Gundula uses the analog format to get her photos, and she connects her creativity to her emotions.

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Got a Really Creative Project with No Photoshop? We Want to See It!

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Hey folks,

This time, it’s all about In-Camera creativity! If you’re a photographer who has a conceptual series and you don’t use Photoshop, we want to feature you. This is a further evolution of the series that we’re doing around No Photoshop. It’s our mission to show the masses that photography doesn’t necessarily mean you need Photoshop. There’s a line between being a photographer and a Photoshop artist. Maybe you’ve got the skills to not even use post-production. Sure, we’ll allow a bit of Lightroom or Capture One editing, but we want to feature photographers with the creativity and know-how to pull it off in-camera. Maybe you’re using lens filters or flashes, etc. We just want to feature the best of the best. After the jump, we’ve got instructions!

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Making Your Landscape Photography Look Like Paintings In Camera

One of the artistic ways you can make your landscape photography stand out from the rest is to find a way to turn them into paintings. Not literally, but a method to get that look in camera is one fantastic way of doing things. You may ask yourself, “Why not just do this in post?” Well, the reason why is because everyone can find a way to do it in post, but not everyone has the specific talent to do things in camera and not everyone really wants that “photoshopped look”.

So let’s take a deeper delve into this amazingly simple tutorial.

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Hadi Asgari Uses a Technique That Makes Landscapes Look Like Paintings

All images by Hadi Asgari. Used with permission

Getting landscape photos to look different from much of what’s out there often requires some creative trial and error–and Hadi Asgari has seemingly mastered it. Using some methods that have been around for a little while, Hadi’s landscape photos end up looking like paintings. Indeed, they’re a slap in the face to the idea that everything in the photograph needs to be tack sharp and perfectly in focus.

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Tim Wolcott’s Painterly Landscapes are an Ode to Monet and Others

All images by Timothy Wolcott. Used with permission.

Landscape photographer Timothy Wolcott is a 7th generation photographer. “My grandfather told me how my forefather Alexander Wolcott invented the camera and created the first photo exhibit. I always love history,” Tim tells us in our interview. Indeed, the art has stuck within his family and Tim’s work shines.

 

Born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1965, Tim was exposed to the photographic process at an early age, including time spent in his father’s darkroom at his childhood home. At six, Tim started making his own images and, in high school, honed his photographic interests to include fine art images. Using a ​4×5 Zone VI Camera,​ ​Tim exposed the wind-swept countryside circling his home, winning two Kodak Photography contests.

So when you consider his artistic process and the way his mind works, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

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Oliphant Backdrops Can Cost You Around $1000 Plus Shipping

Lead image by Deborah Ory and Ken Browar. Used with permission in our interview with the duo. Dancer: Xin Ying, Principal, Martha Graham Dance Company

When photographers think about backdrops, many of us tend to try to be savvy–but the more discerning amongst us tend to reach for Oliphant backdrops. In fact, according to a recent blog post on the Retouchist, they can command a pretty penny. They’re used by a number of fantastic photographers including Annie Leibovitz and a number of others. You’re bound to have seen them in many portrait photos and they’re known for giving off the look of a painting in a photo.

Deborah Ory and Ken Browar, who we’ve interviewed before, use Oliphant backdrops.

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Mariska Karto’s Portrait Photos Traces Influence From Classical Paintings

All images by Mariska Karto. Used with permission.

When we featured Mariska Karto in our 30 inspirational women photographers post, she was elated and wanted to update us on the type of work she’s currently doing. Mariska’s work (NSFW) is unlike anything I’ve really seen. It combines elements of paintings, drawings, and classical art and puts it all into a photograph in a way that I believe to be truly unique. As with all artists though, Mariska felt she needed to evolve. “I was just searching for another medium to make art, not in a traditional way but with more technical and digital equipment.”

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Mariska Karto’s Photos Inspired by Paintings (NSFW)

All images by Mariska Karto. Used with permission.

Photographer Mariska Karto is an artist born in Suriname but raised in the Netherlands. She was originally a figurative sketcher and textile artist but then got into paintings and photography. For Mariska, inspiration truly comes from everywhere.

“Inspiration is not about copying other people’s ideas, it’s about creating your passion, your story.” she states in our interview. “When I get inspired, I start sketching and work out new plans.” Much of individual style alludes to baroque paintings / pictorialism.

One thing is for sure: Mariska has some very unique work indeed.

 

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