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Producing Fine Art Images

On Monday the 27th November 2023, about 28 members joined a Zoom tutorial given by David Garthwaite on how to produce fine art images. See

David's preparation starts with research to identify locations, usually with a single subject.

Photo by David Garthwaite

When he arrives at a location David aims to walk around the subject, viewing it from many angles, while keeping the camera firmly in the bag. This enables him to think about composition and interesting angles.

David usually shoots with a 20mm lens at f/8 to f/11 and always in RAW. He uses a 10 stop or 15 stop filter if he wants long exposures of about 4 minutes to eliminate moving objects. If shooting at "normal" expose times, sometimes hand-held, David almost always brackets his shots. For the kinds of images he wants to create, a dull or grey day is better than sunlight and high contrast. David prefers to add light and shade during the editing stage.

Photo by David Garthwaite

David does all his processing in Photoshop. Usually the first step is to create a set of selections defining areas of the image. He also eliminates unnecessary objects to simplify the image. David then uses a variety of tools, masks, gradients, layers and brushes to create bright areas and areas of greatest contrast to lead the viewer's eye. While many photographers will be familiar with David's use of Photoshop tools, David uses them in interesting combinations that are probably new to some photographers.

An excellent and very practical presentation!

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