The fine art of fashion photography

From a talk given at the Museum of Modern Art, London, by the senior lecturer in art, publishing and music at Oxford Brookes University. Fashion photography is carried out in order to sell clothes; it is a part of the wider advertising industry and exploits desires and aspirations through reference to lifestyles. As such, it is an unapologetic appropriator of styles and techniques. This poses questions about the meaning of street photography­ if it includes fashion photography­ and about its place, too, in the canon of art photography. While you might at first see fashion photography as different because it is commercial, perhaps it is rather a good example of the need to contrive in all photography. Looking at fashion photographs we wonder to what extent other, apparently spontaneous, photographs were contrived. The idea that fashion photography represents a debasement of the medium must be challenged at a time when … Read more

Video Tutorial: Teeth Whitening in Photoshop CS3

This tutorial shows how to whiten teeth using a Curves adjustment layer in Photoshop CS3. In Portrait Photography, no matter how pretty the model is, how well lighting is and how good your white balance setting is adjusted, teeth may still not be as white and pretty as they should in order to make a picture become a magazine cover. However, this video also teaches that the teeth should have a natural white, which is not pure white. The change is subtile. Before making the change to teeth, do this in order to avoid any other changes of the rest of the image: Duplicate the background layer. Fill the background layer with a gradient that looks like fire. On the duplicated layer, use the Extract filter to remove the girl from the background.

Nikon D80 User Guide

If you have just purchased your Nikon D80, the controls on the outside of the camera coupled with all the menus and custom settings can be … all downright overwhelming. We give you a structure for looking at the controls as well as a repeatable ritual for taking great photos with your new camera. You spent a bundle on this camera. Let it be an extension of your hands rather than a struggle. The Nikon D80 is a powerful piece of equipment. A solid understanding of its features and controls can really unleash its potential. Once you learn how the cameras components work together, youll have all the tools you need to capture the best image under all conditions. Understanding AF Area Selections Topics include: • Be Prepared (To Get the Shot) • Shutter Priority • Aperture Priority/Depth of Field • Focus Alternatives • Metering and Bracketing • White Balance/Color … Read more

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