It depends. Generally, you should avoid people in your frame because human elements so strong that it easily distracts the main subject. In most of the cases they are pedestrians or tourist so you can solve the problem with long exposures. However sometime human element can put a unique drama in you picture if it executed carefully. Sometimes I put a human element in my works, so I don’t think human element should be excluded totally.
I do research: especially when and where the light come from. A Great light makes a great photo; it can be said every genre of photography. I also google for the pictures of the location. This is not for copying, but avoiding similar picture which has already taken. It’s difficult to shoot for popular architectures; you forced to have a similar composition. But try put “your vision” in the picture even though it’s subtle. I hate a blind copy. It means you abandon your creativity. Having said that any homework never excels an”inspiration” on the field. Internet or Google map is useful but you should not rely on them too much.
First of all, you have a interest for architectures or cityscape. You can never refresh with walk around messy city areas instead of hike in the green nature. At those areas, the atmosphere usually bad so does smells. I often wearing masks for avoiding exhaust gas while I am in the middle of the city.
Since often you have to stay a same location, like under a bridge, for hours and hours, so “perseverance” is crucial factor; more perseverance you have, better pictures you’ll get.
When it comes to equipment, you had better to have a PC lens. A 24 mm is my recommendation. My 90% of works were captured Nikon’s pc-e 24mm. Ah, don’t forget using best filters for long exposures. Never use cheap one.
It’s difficult to say “how much”, but I can’t imagine for creating my work without any post-processing.
Usually I take a month or two for finishing my piece. Maybe around 50 hours or so for photoshop tasks, including adding layers, making masks, dodge and burn, etc, etc. It takes much time or less, depend on the scale or work.
Sometime it takes for finish more than a year after shooting. I don’t want compromise.
It depends on a photographer and his or her style for post-processing, but I thought you should take much time for making convincing images. I’m not saying about “photoshop”, but saying about actual “time”. It’s important away from your PC. “Time” makes you objective and gives you an fresh idea. I get an interesting idea while I commute, reading books or watching movies gives me an idea for next project. When I get tired with current project, I do another project or wash the dishes. All your activity in you life are connected. I never publish my work the night after shooting. There’s nothing finer than aged wine, isn’t it?
It was almost two years ago, when I took the first picture of “The city of Juncture.” It supposed to a single work, but for making it much convincing image, I though it should be series. For shooting all the pictures and convincing post-processing, It took 2 years for publish but it was worth while.
I started photography almost 5 years ago. I just craving fresh air, I wanted start a new thing.
Since I’ve been involved with sound for a long time, graduated from a music college and worked as both composer and sound designer(current my profession) : Seeing the world through the camera was pretty exciting. I’ve been totally hooked on the new way of expressing myself beside sound.
My first obsession was shooting “water falls”. I went to so many water falls every weekend. The sound of stream relieved my stress. I still shoot them when I want to get away from city noise.
“Acceptance”and”Persistence”, both I mostly learned.
I usually spent a few hours at the same locations. The great result makes me happy, but often, even with through research and great effort, the result ended up to a mediocre. The result are hugely depend on the weather and light on that day, which I can’t control. Even though the end result were different from what you expected, you have to accept it. When you are satisfied with it, that’s OK, but if you were uncomfortable with it, just give it a next try. Having a good picture, you just keep doing it. After all The sun rises tomorrow and life goes on. “That is life and photography, isn’t it?
I was inspired and learned a lot from “Joel Tjintjelar” and “Julia Anna Gospodarou“.
Their high-contrast architectural photography is pretty modern and stylish. Their B&W creation were so different from others what I’ d seen before. I’m sure if I did not see their photos I would not do architectural photography so deeply today. Unfortunately I haven’t had their workshops before; I just read their book and observe their works carefully.
Taking a few month vacations,and shooting various type of architectures in Europe.
Sounds like really a dream for me!
Don’t rush. Don’t compromise.
Don’t care “Like”. Make your own work.
Copying is not a bad thing for the first place. You can learn a lot from them.
Though, please put your” essence” or “spice” in it.
Even though it was very subtle, keeping the little differences makes your work pretty different from others in the end.
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