In the photo world, there seems to always be a debate about technique vs. concept. Some people feel passionately about technique and are very technically minded. Some people focus on the concept and say to heck with the technique. I fall into the latter category, if any, but that doesn’t mean that I dismiss technique altogether. In fact, for a while there I was so far on the side of dismissing technique that I had to pull myself back, and one big thing did that for me:
Portfolio reviews and competitions. I review a lot of portfolios, and I noticed two things.
- A lot of people have great technique but not-so-great ideas, and…
- A lot of other people have great ideas and not-so-great technique.
It really does take both. If your technique is flawed, the concept won’t really matter. The viewer just won’t get past the technique.
I’ve always been a believer in editing a picture until it looks and feels right; that doesn’t mean I’ve always followed through with that. I’ve certainly posted pictures online that could have been better, but impatience got the better of me. I’ve shot pictures in poor light or of bad quality simply because it was easier or faster.
But over time, I’ve come to appreciate pairing good technique with good ideas. The combination is the only thing that will propel my career. So, today I’m focusing on technique!
In this video, I…
- Pull back the Photoshop layers to glimpse at the original images before editing.
- Take a look at what my SOOC (straight out of camera) pictures were like, what decisions went into the edit, and how they ended up the way they did.
- See how I made stuffing come out of my back, created a long, swirly dress out of a bed sheet, and changed a nearly white dress to deep red.
And more, of course.
I hope you enjoy this glimpse inside. And tell me…
What technique from the video did you like best?
What is your favorite technique in your craft?
These images are available as limited edition, fine art prints on thick, matte fine art paper. Each print is proofed and signed by me, as well as numbered. Print prices begin at $450 for my small size. A number of galleries carry my work, and if you are interested in owning a piece, get in touch with the gallery nearest you: http://www.brookeshaden.com/prints
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