Fine Art Photography SIG

               

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Purpose

This SIG will provide a forum to concentrate on the aspects of fine art photography:

  • Learn what comprises fine art photography
  • Foster your “artistic voice” and “personal expression”
  • Take your photography to a higher level
  • Promote the “lost art” of print-making (process, paper selection, printing techniques), as well as presentation and display.

Planned Activities

Some of the planned activities will include:

  • View and discuss member “fine art” works – artist’s concept, vision and execution
  • Foster ‘artistic voice’ and ‘personal expression’
  • Learn how to composite, including advanced masking & layering techniques,
  • Shooting for composite
  • Provide feedback/constructive criticism
  • Collaborate on projects.

                    

Meeting Schedule

The SIG will meet every other Monday at 10:30 – 12 Noon in the Ansel Adams Room. Click here for dates.
No reservation necessary – just show up. Bring on a flash drive any images you wish to show and discuss – images must be JPEG only, no RAW or TIFF formats. If you want to deconstruct an edited image, please bring in the native file format (i.e. .psd for PhotoShop, .tsp Topaz Studio, etc.)

Resource Links

Software

The following software are recommended to boost your creativity and further your editing possibilities. Some are no-cost, others are paid subscriptions or perpetual license (most have a no-cost trial 15 – 30 days). Give one or more a try…

  • Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC (Adobe) – The industry standards for serious photo cataloging and editing. Get both for one low subscription price (single pay licenses no longer available). Free trial available. See it here.
  • Photoshop Elements – The “little brother” to Photoshop. Effortless organization, step-by-step Guided Edits, intelligent editing, stunning creations and shareable memories. No subscription. Free trial available. More info here.
  • Aurora HDR Express (Skylum) – The most advanced and complete high dynamic range photo editor ever created, and here is the Express version to try and use for FREE. Get it here.
  • Painter (Corel) – Achieve painting perfection with the most realistic and professional digital art studio – offers natural media and unlimited art materials to delight any illustrator, photographer or fine artist. Graphics tablet highly recommended. No subscription. Free trial available. More info here.
  • Photo RAW 2018.5 (onOne) – Claimed to be the perfect Lightroom alternative, a powerful new photo editor and raw processor that uses a state-of-the-art processing engine which provides a smooth and fun photo editing experience and delivers the highest quality results for your photos. Subscription not required. Free trial available. More info here.
  • NIK Collection (DxO Labs) – Nik Collection by DxO is a series of 7 creative plugins for MacOS*, Windows* and Adobe CC, providing filters, rendering and photography retouching tools to create stunning images. Free 30-day trial. No subscription required. See it here.
  • Topaz Studio (Topaz Labs) -Topaz Studio is a fast, flexible, powerful creative toolbox and it’s the next level image editor for photographers. Works as both a standalone editor, a plugin within Lightroom and Photoshop. And, it’s FREE! Get it here.

Hardware

  • Data Color – one of the two best providers of color calibration equipment for your monitor. Check out their calibrators here.
  • Wacom Graphics Tablet – the industry standard, a Wacom graphics tablet is the perfect tool to provide precise editing techniques and improved workflow. Many sizes and price points to meet any style of work and budget – view the tablets here.
  • X-rite – the other great company providing monitor calibration equipment. View their calibrators here.

                    

Tutorials

The following tutorials are some of the best on the Internet, recommendations submitted by other members:

Other Useful Sites