In my attempt to become a better photographer, I have started to explore past artists (those who used paints and brushes) in more detail. Light, style, technique, and subject matter are things to be learned. And yes, all of these existed before photography.
The school that I have become most intrigued with are the Impressionists. It is interesting to see how the painters who followed the impressionist path during the last half of the nineteenth century were varied in many ways, while holding true to the tenant of impressionism. What started as an experiment became a movement. The work of Monet was in high demand during his lifetime.
I am currently doing my own experimentation with converting images from the camera into images that give the illusion of impressionism. During this experimentation I have discovered that it is not just moving a couple of sliders and running the image through a plug-in or two that gives the desired effect. Small steps in Photoshop give more control. Small steps can be repeated, allowing movement to the final goal, without picking up unwanted artifacts along the way.
The image which I decided to experiment on first is of a mentor who taught me that experimenting with images in the camera and in post-processing leads to more interesting images. Never stop experimenting, they are only pixels. Think outside the box and then see how far you can push the envelope.
Until next time...