Klass Photography Article Archive
On Location: Personal Project - Americana
One of the fantastic things about being an artist is the ability to put yourself on self-assignment. Throughout my travels around the country, I've often been attracted to some of the more unique American sights along the way. I've recently decided to put myself on assignment to capture some of these images of Americana. This article highlights some of the recent images from across the U.S., and discusses the idea of a personal project in the context of become a more creative photographer.
Selective Saturation: A Better Approach to Color
With the digital revolution in photography, we're now able to precisely control aspects of our images like never before. Increasing the saturation of colors can make an image "Pop" off the page, but only if it's not overdone. There is a careful balance between just enough color and too much. In this article we'll explore one method for selectively increasing the saturation of your target areas in an image. By controlling the amount of saturation, we'll target different areas with differing amounts of enhancement - to create a well balanced final product.
On Location: Charleston, SC
Charleston, South Carolina is an ideal place to explore the first blooms of spring. It's lush gardens are home to beautiful designed grounds, and pristine flowers - the azaleas are amazing in early April. The city of Charleston is rich in history and it shows photographically, as southern architecture meets cobblestone streets and beautiful private gardens. With so many fantastic locations in one area, Charleston is truly a magnificent place to visit in the spring.
Making Difficult Selections
This article explores the new Refine Edge features within Photoshop. We will be making a difficult selection in an image. The area has both hard smooth edges and small jagged details that we'll need to select in order to remove the sky, and replace it with a more interesting one. This article is by request, and deals with several selection tools, and the replacing of an overcast sky with a sunrise image.
Photography was arguably born out of the desire to capture moments with more realism. While some try to faithfully represent reality with their images, there is a certain liberation gained by using your images to represent with world as you see it. It is by embracing the concept that you in fact are an artist that will take your images beyond the documentary. This article discusses the myth of an inherent truth in photographs and talks about what it means to capture images that represent both your subject, and your interpretations as an artist.
Photo Location: South of the Border
South of the Border is a classic icon of American kitsch. The amazing color and subject matter make this fertile ground for any photographer. During a recent trip this spring, this tourist trap along the side of Interstate 95, in South Carolina, made for a rewarding shoot.
Photographing in the Dark
As nature photographers, we often don't think of venturing outside after the sun has set. While ordinarily this is true, there are some exciting images that can be made without the sun's light. This article explores some techniques like painting with light, and shooting star trails that can open up a whole new world of photogenic subjects. From my beginnings photographing low-light scenes in the world's longest cave, to applying these techniques to night images, several techniques for successfully capturing images in the dark are explored.
Digital Photo Archiving
With some of the recent advances in digital technology, it is easier and more affordable than ever to keep your images safe. By protecting yourself from hard drive failure with a simple method of automatic backup, you can make certain that your best images are around for years to come. This article explores some of these new technologies, and how they can be applied to your daily work-flow.
Understanding the Unsharp Mask
Sharpening your images in Photoshop can sometimes be a topic of confusion for photographers. The Unsharp Mask tool can be a powerful help to give certain images that extra zip they need to pop off the page, but used with a heavy hand, and the resulting halos can ruin your print. This article presents two popular methods for sharpening your images, and gives step-by-step instructions for when and how to use both techniques.
Developing Your Vision
We spend time learning new techniques, mastering digital tools, but how often do we concentrate on developing a personal style. Nurturing your creativity isn't an easy thing to do. It's a long road to travel, but there are some methods that are useful in making the trip a success. By redefining how you look at the process of creativity, and how you approach your subject, you can work towards crystallizing your personal vision. This article presents some practical tips to get you jump-started in the process.