Blog Articles & Why I Write Them!

by William Lulow

I have been getting some nice comments as well as more followers of my blog posts recently! I think one reason for this is that firstly, I truly love making photographs and secondly, I love to write about them, explain how they were made and give some tricks of the trade for people to try on their own.

I think the thing that got me started with this lifelong love affair with the photographic process is seeing prints come up in the developing tray in the darkroom. I know I’m certainly not the first to have this experience, but for me, as well as countless others, it was a life-changing event.

Today, the experience is quite different. I’m not sure that importing images that you have shot into Lightroom, iPhoto or any other image-editing software carries quite the same magical experience as watching a print develop, but I guess it’s almost like the comparison between digital and analog sound. The former is extremely precise, whereas the latter has some inherent “give” to it. The digital process is very regimented whereas the chemical process offered a different kind of latitude.

That being said, there is still magic to be found in importing files, cropping them, adding certain filters and some effects in order to produce a work of digital art. Not too long ago, I finally got around to purchasing a 27″ monitor. Now my images are all basically print sized! I have said from the beginning, that photographers really need to make prints. The definition of “Photograph” is “light picture” and I believe we need to make good quality prints from time to time. But, even if you don’t make prints, seeing images on a large screen certainly helps.

I have experimented in the past with some of Photoshop’s filters. Here is one example:

I call this a “solarization.” It is created with a series of digital filters which result in many, mostly unpredictable kinds of colors. (I have described the process in other blogs).

In addition to my many portrait assignments, I also love to make landscape images:

This shot of Denver, CO from the Red Rocks Amphitheater was made into a panoramic image.

Even aerials have been fascinating to do:

This images was made from an airplane. Today, there are many photographers making images like this with drones.

It seems that any type of photograph holds a fascination for me, especially if they are executed well and the subject matter is interesting.

So, after having written approximately 1,100 articles for this space, I will continue to share my experiments both private and commissioned, in an effort to raise levels of awareness in our industry as well as competence.