Hey your work is truly inspirational! Its just my scene, I am currently using you for one of my artist links for my photography college coursework here in England. I would love for you to give me any advice you can for my own work would I be able to send a photograph or two, to review and give me tips and advice on by any chance?
Hei. Thank you for the kind words. I’d be happy to see your work.
I know you get asked a lot about the way you edit your images, but I was just wondering, do you create a filter for your images and then apply that filter to all your photographs. Or do you tweak each photo individually. I am asking this, because I'm not sure whether this is a better process to go through when editing my own photos and creating my own style.
I have over time become more and more organized about saving presets in Lightroom from photographs that I think are unique. Once I start playing around with a new photo, I will try out some of those presets on it. But the preset only gives me a rough ballpark. The remaining 90% of the time spent on processing the photo involves tweaking it individually to make it feel good. Indeed, the majority of the times the final adjustments are significant enough that I will create a new preset just for that photo.
Hope that helps. Also, if you are interested in learning the specific types of adjustments that I’ve done to a photo, then you might be interested in obtaining some of my Lightroom presets (you get to select the photos you want the presets for).
As much as I'm drawn to B&W for what I shoot and look at most often, I'm also really enamored with the color palette in your photographs. The soft, muted tones seem to (in my unimportant opinion) really complement the portraits and dance that you display.
Thank you for the kind words. I’m also most drawn to black and white. Perhaps being color blind has something to do with it. That I keep considering colors lately still comes as a surprise. I always put up a fight. Lately they’ve been winning.
Your work takes my breath! Such an inspiration. To view a piece of a story in every photo. Courage. Faith. Resolve. That moments last for only 1 moment. And then vanishes eternally. You capture that moment.
Thank you for the kind words. It’s fascinating to get an idea of what it is others see in it.
Over the past few months I’ve been getting an increased number of requests to explain how I edit my photographs. While I’d love to hold one-on-one sessions where I take people through my process, time is the last thing I can do away with at the moment. So instead, I’m offering (for a limited time) my Adobe Lightroom Presets.
Here’s the deal. You select 3 photos from my archive. I send you each of the presets I used for those exact photos. I’ll add small digital versions of the before and after. All for a modest $50.
While I don’t see the point of just using someone else’s presets (at least I never have). I can see how going through three different ones might be instructional enough for anyone to get a pretty good idea of what I’m doing — at least good enough idea to tweak it and adapt it to your own aesthetics.
Art and science are a strange coupling. Of the many human disciplines, could there be two that seem more divergent? The artist employs image and metaphor; the scientist uses number and equation. Art encompasses an imaginative realm of aesthetic qualities; science exists in a world of crisply circumscribed mathematical relationships between quantifiable properties. Traditionally, art has created illusions meant to elicit emotion; science has been an exact science that made sense…
Yet, despite what appear to be irreconcilable differences, there is one fundamental feature that solidly connects these disciplines. Revolutionary art and visionary science are both investigations into the nature of reality. .. While their methods differ radically, artists and scientists share the desire to investigate the ways the interlocking pieces of reality fit together. This is the common ground upon which they meet.
”— Leonard Shlain on integrating wonder and wisdom (instead of science/scientist he uses physics/physicists) via Brain Pickings.
Greetings, Eduardo! In your more recently released work (e.g., "scout d. / bloomington, indiana / june, 2014", "emily p . / ballerina at the jacobs school of music / bloomington, indiana / june, 2014", et cetera), how often are you using the light modifiers (e.g., reflectors)? If you don't use them, what do you look for to get the best light? And what do you avoid to bypass the worst light? Thank you for your time, Eduardo!
Hei there, thanks for the question. I don’t use light modifiers. I really don’t use anything other than the camera. And I’m not looking for anything in specific. I’m looking at the person and looking at how the light travels and feels. I move around. I ask them to move around. It usually doesn’t work. I keep trying. They keep moving. Then, every once in a while it feels good. Then it disappears. There’s no formula. Every different day of the season the weather changes the light and every day and every minute of the day how it comes through the window changes as well, so you just have to keep your eyes open.
Your work resembles a style or time period, with the emphasis on the darkness. I like how you capture these in between moments of stillness, thought, emptiness, or internal trouble. Makes me want to be photographed and be part of your portfolio.
Thank you for the interesting words. I’m always looking for people to work with, so send me a message.