How to create Pictorialism Workshop with Gavin Seim. Learn to create feeling in your photos.
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by Gavin Seim
2d ago
When you change how you see photos you stop taking snapshots and start creating art. That’s what you’ll learn in today’s class. You can get Pictorialist actions here. Pictorialism is a powerful way to understand more about photography and here’s how to create it. Watch more hands-on videos using this process on the Pictorialist page here. Photography should have feeling. If you’ve ever been to my Shadow Hackers class you know you realize the way we see changes everything. I’ve learned pictorialism is an extension of that because it connects shadow and light to atmosphere and that conveys e ..read more
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Fake photos are everywhere. You need to re-wire your process with Cinematic Technique.
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by Gavin Seim
5d ago
Most viral photos you see now are Ai AI-generated FAKES. And the more you comment and say it’s fake, the more the algorithm rewards them. There’s no point in pretending. So how does Cinematic Technique help us win? Use cinematic technique naturally while editing and WOW! Get more cinematic faster with my Pictorialist action kit or tools like Alchemist. Cinematic photography techniques beat out Ai fakery… Studying pictorialism helped me see that all this fake Ai photography has no emotion. We win when we stop thinking sterile and boring. If we to discover cinematic techniques with true feel ..read more
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Creating Emotional real Photography Pictorialism in a sterile Ai age
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by Gavin Seim
1w ago
Pictorialism is about emotion over perfection and famous pictorialists like Stegliz, Cobur, Hamilton and many more helped create the fine art world of photography we know today! We’re in the roaring 20s again. But this time Ai and soulless photos are everywhere. Photography pictorialism may be the cure. That’s why I dig in to create Pictorialist Actions. A PS editing add-on focused on making amazing pictorialist edits. There are lots more samples, info, and videos on the pictorialist page. You can get Pictorialist here as well as see more samples and video. A while back I started studying ..read more
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The truth about the Exposure slider and how to use the Alternative to make perfect contrast.
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by Gavin Seim
1M ago
I talk a lot here about Shadow Hacking, exposing better in camera zones and beyond. But today I was to show you something that almost no one is using in Lightroom, Raw, and Capture One. Recently I made a video about the least-known secret in Photography. Now I’ll show you a way to edit exposure beyond the slider. Learn more about exposure and shadow in my Shadow Hackers Live class and grab some free presets From Natural HDR and Filmist. #1 Don’t think of Exposure as a slider. Thinking more like you’re in the darkroom gives you a more complex view of how exposure works and relates to contra ..read more
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Secrets of film color and the best way to scan 35mm Film in 2024
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by Gavin Seim
1M ago
Scanning film for natural film color is not as easy as it seems and most of the labs are sending you scans that won’t look like your film. So what the best and cheapest scanning method (at least for 35mm) and how does film affect our non-film photography every day? Good scans will change your digital photos also! I’ve scanned pretty much every way and it can be hard. In today’s video, I’ll show you my new favorite way to scan 35mm film and how you can use it to make better colors from your digital camera. This is exactly what I used these better scans for in the Filmist 2.2 film presets updat ..read more
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Inspire your photography using modern pictorialism instead of high-tech!
Gavin Seim Blog
by Gavin Seim
2M ago
We say gear or new tools don’t matter, but sometimes they kick our inspiration into high gear and that does matter. I bet you’ve felt this too. Photos being too perfect was the topic of today’s Pro Photo Podcast so go listen in the background. 1. What is modern pictorialism A blur like in these birds gives a natural emotion but the photo is still natural after my edit in BlackRoom. A new camera is exciting and gets us shooting. But sometimes simple things do that better. There’s a lot to be learned from history that we usually ignore. And the deep shadows drawn by pictorialist photographers a ..read more
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Pro Photography Podcast #209 | Do you want perfect photos?
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by Gavin Seim
2M ago
Photography Podcast Host: Gavin Seim. Leave a comment below, or talk about this week’s episode here on the Shadow Hunter Facebook group. Also, don’t miss the next Shadow Hackers Online Workshop for Free. Pictorialism, Ai, and making photos honest again! Landscapes and even war-torn news images are being faked constantly and you don’t even know. Cameras make near-perfect photos and more so every day. But is that what a photo is all about? Get Gavs Filmist 2 film presets even if you don’t shoot film. There’s a free pack you’ll love too. Midjournay can now generate the same face across multiple ..read more
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Why you should Stop using White Balance Grey Cards. Here’s what they don’t tell you.
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by Gavin Seim
3M ago
White balance in photography is not what it is marketed as to sell white balance gadgets for photography. But White Balance is not the same on RAW and JPEG Play around and you will see how simple photography white balance can be. You can also get my FREE film presets and Elegance masks here. You are the real White Balance. Today’s session was great for this because the light changed fast and was very mixed. But in the real world, this is usually the kind of photos you have. I’ve talked about white balance before here but I felt like we need another visit. Photos end up lesser when we focus ..read more
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Make your camera an Xpan digital panoramic and change how you see the world.
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by Gavin Seim
3M ago
Today’s video has been over a year in planning. Because I wanted to show you how powerful this is and how to use any camera in Xpan Mode and change your perspective. Xpan Panaormaics are expensive. Unless you make a digital Xpan See the Xpan frame guide at the bottom. I edited everything with Filmist 2 Presets for an authetic film feel. Share your Xpan crops on the Facebook Shadow Hunters Group The Secret to Digital Xpan Panoramics. Anyone with any photo app can crop a pano. The secret to a digital xpan look is to commit and shoot that way in camera. The lines are fine. But the more blocke ..read more
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Speed Masking just got upgraded and even works in Capture One!
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by Gavin Seim
3M ago
The use of layers and masks in Lightroom and Capture has been getting better every year. But until now there was no speed masking in Capture One. Today that changes and bothers C1 and LR to get mask updates from Elegance 4. Using the latest Speed Masks, even in Capture One. Get Elegance 4 here. This is a free update if you own V4 (log in here). V4.8 also includes the Capture One Styles in the download. Just install them like any other style pack. The secret to perfect masks every time. Today’s video looks more at Capture One because we’ve all been waiting a long time. But you can do all th ..read more
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