I am pleased to announce that my photographs of New York City will be in the Marina Fine Art Gallery during the month of July. The gallery is in Cold Spring, New York – a location known for its art galleries, beautiful Hudson River location, and good food, for that matter. Here’s one of my photos from the show. Please visit my portfolio website and/or Facebook page to get more information (links on the right). I hope you can attend the opening on July 4th, but if you cannot be there for that, perhaps you can visit at another time during the month.
Print folios are a convenient way to present your artwork. The folio presentation format consists of loose prints with a title and text page in an enclosure that makes the package professional, ideal for showing off your work to a gallery for inclusion in an exhibit, or simply to give as a gift. Folios can also be sold as a package, since the individual pages can be framed by the purchaser, if desired.
I will have an article on making folios in an upcoming issue of “The Handmade Photograph” – a great online photography magazine. In the meantime, head on over to my website at http://www.stevedreyer.com and click on “Folios” to see a couple of examples.
Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time. I was walking along and had the good fortune (luck?) to look up to see this violinist. I loved the color of his clothing against the blue sky. His sunglasses were perfect with his outfit, and it looked as if he was waiting for someone to serenade as they walked up the steps.
I didn’t do much at all on this image. I brought it into Lightroom using my normal workflow of categorization, rating and keywording, and did just a couple of develop adjustments.
Leading lines – something that photographers think about when they are creating images in order to add interest and draw the viewer into the scene. This image was taken as I began to walk out of a building. I happened to look up and was struck by the lines of the staircase, but I wanted it to be more dramatic. I’ll have a walkthrough about creating this type of image, but for now, here’s an overview.
Color is great for, well, showing color in a composition. Black and white works really well when you want to show structure, shading, and design – and it’s perfect for architecture. So the first thing I did with the original color image was to convert it to black and white. There are a number of ways to do this. In this case, I wanted to create high contrast and emphasize the lighting. I started in Lightroom, and finished in Photoshop, as the image required fine control over certain areas. I used layers and masking (not as hard as it sounds) in Photoshop to darken and lighten areas of the image.
As it turns out the lighting added lines of interest to the overall scene and the dark areas de-emphasized the otherwise mundane staircase.
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