In the olden days (pre-digital) when you saw an amazing photograph, your reaction was probably something like “Wow, what a great photographer. How did they get that shot?”. Iconic images were made by skilled photographers who knew both their craft and how to be in the right place at the right time.
One that comes to mind is the famous Moon and Half Dome by Ansel Adams. Right place, right time and lots of skill in the darkroom!
If you’re interested in a bit of photographic history, click the image to go to a video of Ansel Adams’ son talking about how his Dad created the photograph.
Sadly, now we look at a great image and our first reaction is “What did they do in Photoshop to get that shot?”
An example of this was recently posted on Facebook. Photographer Alan McFadyen spent six years to get the perfect shot of a kingfisher diving into the water. First reaction – had to be Photoshopped! Take a look at the video below to see what he captured by perseverance (and a bit of luck).
But what about photographers that don’t want to leave anything to chance and still create great images?
Are they not to be trusted or are they just being creative? Creativity comes in many forms. The title of the article below is a bit misleading:
I think the photographers that created these images are very creative indeed. They combine imagination, willing models and “outside the box” thinking to bring to life what could be just mundane, everyday pictures.
Click on the photo or title above to see some interesting “How’d they do that” images. There are some additional links in the article for more too!