Photograph Like a Thief: Using Imitation and Inspiration to by Glyn Dewis

By Glyn Dewis

No photographer works in a vacuum. Photographers, like several artists, stand at the shoulders of these who got here sooner than them, and they're knowledgeable and stimulated via these operating round them. while you're striving to discover your personal kind, essentially the most strong workouts you could perform is to discover impression and concept within the paintings of these round you, after which emulate that paintings with the intention to outline, form, and develop your individual photographic voice. by way of accumulating, imitating, and finally reshaping and mixing the paintings of these round you, your distinct voice are available and the standard of your paintings can soar.

In picture Like a Thief, photographer, writer, and retoucher Glyn Dewis embraces the belief of “stealing” and recreating others’ paintings for you to enhance as an artist. by means of stepping within others’ photos, you could learn how to opposite engineer their production, then construct a picture that concurrently can pay homage to that paintings and can also be an unique production itself.

Glyn starts through masking the method of "stealing rules" and discovering idea. He stocks the apparatus he makes use of in addition to his retouching and post-processing workflow. In a bankruptcy on how one can opposite engineer a photo, Glyn discusses the best way to learn a picture by way of the seize lighting, shadow and spotlight positions, and the hardness or softness of the shadows. this can be a an important ability to obtain so that it will recreate a particular look.

Glyn then works via a sequence of images―inspired by means of videos, books, historical past, and some mythical photographers―from the preliminary notion and effect to the ultimate outcome. for every photograph, he opposite engineers the shot to explain the way it was once created, then works during the equipment he used, the lighting fixtures for the picture, and the post-processing of the picture in Photoshop―from the uncooked out-of-camera shot to the completed piece. whereas Glyn's paintings essentially makes a speciality of portraiture, he reveals thought and impression from a large choice of work.

By operating along Glyn (he makes the entire documents to be had for download), you can also discover ways to locate notion throughout you, become aware of how others’ paintings can impression you, enhance your photographic and post-processing ability set, and start your individual trip to defining your exact variety.

Who is aware? quickly, others could be stealing from you.

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This kit is so incredibly portable and because I always have it with me, I end up taking so many more spur of the moment portraits, many of which have ended up in my portfolio. The Phottix flashes are incredibly well made and sturdy, and the menu system makes them easy to set up and use. 9). This modifier is a great size (13" × 16") and it collapses down to hardly anything, plus it comes with a grid. I use this all the time when I’m taking those spur of the moment portraits because it’s quick and easy to attach it to my Phottix Mitros+ flash.

My ultimate goal was to have a personal style and to be hired for the kind of work I wanted to do as opposed to taking on whatever came my way. But in the process of developing that style and those skills by copying the work of others, if someone ever posted a comment online that said, “that looks like a Joel Grimes picture or an Annie Liebovitz picture,” do you think I was concerned? Heck no! That’s a compliment and shows you’re on your way to developing your own style. Hey, when I was bodybuilding folks would always ask the steroid question.

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