Greetings. We’ve got a wide ranging set of information for you this issue. We point you toward a great set of images that has taken NASA’s primary photographer over thirty years to compile. We alert you to the warning signs of when; exactly you’re over processing your landscapes. That’s followed by some inspiration from landscape luminary photographer Marc Muench and an inside look at 14 Instagram influencer’s most popular images.
Just think back to all the explosive images that resulted from the last decades of NASA space shots. Now imagine you were NASA’s “guy”. The guy who had unfettered access to the source of one of photography’s most visually powerful environments. That guy is the talented yet humble Bill Ingalls. Ingalls fell into good fortune with a college internship and he’s still working for NASA and loving the photographic life.
See the images HERE.
Magic is the perfect word to describe the look in photographer Sharon Tennenbaum’s serene yet surreal images. She shoots classic landscape and cityscape compositions and employs long shutter times that create smooth, syrupy surfaces. She alternates between black and white and color but, either way, the resulting images put you in a calm, relaxed state of mind.
Experience Tennebaum’s images HERE
If you over-saturate your landscape photos you may be brought before the House Oversight Committee On Ugly Photographs. Of course, we’re joking here but sometimes you see photographs so egregiously unnatural that even a non-photographer would call out of bounds. If you think you’re not guilty of any of the over-processing sins in this article you’re probably fooling yourself. That’s a long way of saying, you need to be aware of these indicators of relying too much on your post-processing skills.
Check out the video HERE
There’s no Rule Of Thirds in his article. There’s no Golden Rectangle or Leading Lines. Now it’s time to approach landscape composition from a different perspective. Celebrated photographer Marc Muench, son of legendary photographer David Muench suggests two ways to approach landscape photography that don’t rely on diagrams. Muench will have you embracing “pre-visualization” and “discovery” approaches both of which revolve around new and revisited locations.
Let Marc Muench advise you HERE
Some people resemble forces of nature. One such person is psychoanalyst Dr. Anni Bergman. Bergman escaped the Holocaust and made her way to America, earned a PhD and went on to perform seminal research in autism and child/adult relationships. She has a wide ranging set of relationships herself which contributes to her longevity. Bergman turned 100 years old this year and she can’t stop moving. At age 97 she hopped on a jet by herself, met a friend in Switzerland and spent the trip hiking through the Alps. Photographer Ann Steiner, a PhD herself had taken a post doctoral class with Bergman and they became friends. In 2014 Steiner was taking a photography course and needed a subject. What subject could be better than Dr. Anni Bergman.
Read about this remarkable woman and Steiner’s photographs HERE
What defines “popular” when referring to an image on Instagram? Is there any way to predict that what you believe is a game changing image will be lauded by the online community? The answers are, there are no answers. Reading this article where really good photographers are baffled by their own image’s popularity we discover that our perceptions of our own work may be completely out of sync with reality and scream ideas that are surprises to ourselves.
See what the influencers are thinking HERE
If you’re serious about photography it’s time for you to calibrate and profile your monitor. If there isn’t a monitor profile sitting in your computer’s operating system there is no way you will accurately be able to predict what your photos will look like on another person’s monitor (as in client!) nor will you be able to accurately predict what a print produced by your printer will look like. Here’s a new tool on the market that will reduce creating a monitor calibration and profile to minutes. And, it costs less than $200. You don’t have any more excuses!
Read about the new product HERE