I have been asked this question a number of times about my landscape photographs recently and my answer is absolutely! Landscape photographers do this all the time because of the limitiations of the camera.  All the great landscape photographers, past and present, use some form of manipulation. Ansel Adams used dodging and burning to change the tonal values of an image. Peter Lik uses a computer to do the same thing.

 

In my short time as a landscape photographer, I too learned about these limitations of the camera itself. The camera is one tool used to capture an image. That so called "camera" only sees in mid-tones and does not have the dynamic scale to record all the information in my landscape photographs.

 

The eye can see 24 different shades of light, but the...

 

The Eye and the Camera do not see exactly the same way. When an individual looks at his or her surroundings, their eyes roam and scan the surroundings, focusing on objects close by or in the distant.  Even though the camera and the eye both have a lens, the eye is more complex and able to focus on an object while still incorporating the rest of a scene with peripheral vision. The brain filters this scene creating an image that is less chaotic. 

The camera is not able to perform this task. It is unable to filter the clutter, chaos or any other extraneous information. It just records the information.

 

To compensate for this “visual chaos,” the photographer must actually control what the camera records and exclude extraneous information. He/she must separate the objects in the scene.

This can be done with selective focus( aperture ), perspective, lighting, and shutter speed:

 

1.Selective focus: The...

As a new professional photographer, I have learned one thing. It takes time to develop your own style. It is a process that cannot be rushed or cannot be copied. Every photographer has a vision about how they see a subject. This interpretation is what helps create our individuality.
I tried to copy other artists in the past, but that is a futile attempt.

I remember asking one of my instructors, How do I create my own style’? He chuckled and said it comes with time and the development of the inner voice. It has taken me almost three years to develop my style. It evolves thru the music I listen to while photographing nature at its finest. What I hear in my head, I actually how I see it. The best way to explain would be if you were listening to a song that slowly builds. The beat gets faster and the chords get stronger. Until the ultimate crescendo occurs and the shutter is release in the camera.

 

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