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Do you know that a lighting design could be stunningly applied to photography? While playing with the ways of illuminating, the artist can receive completely unexpected results that will convey an extreme tensity and emotion. A mischievous play of light can create amazing shadows – those surreal images that add a meaningful facet to a photo. Besides, the strong use of shadows in color photos tends to be mostly used in silhouettes where the subject is made featureless apart from its outline against a bright background.
Silhouette effect can be achieved with any bright light source – some focus on artificial lights, others on the sun at certain times of the day. Often photographers prefer the time around sunset because the sun causes the sky to be brighter than everything else for greater contrast. What’s also interesting is that when the artist aligns the sun directly behind the subject that can cause a glow effect around its outlines. Backlighting, which lights foreground elements from the hind part, as well causes the edges of an object to glow adding an angelic effect and a pure dreamy feel. It also helps to provide separation, emphasize depth, and give a more three-dimensional appearance. Note that it’s necessary to set the exposure basing upon the brightest part of the picture – the background – and not the subject of the photo.
In the current post, we have put together some truly awesome photos that make strong use of lights and shadows. There is no exact principle to taking a great silhouette, shadow or backlit image, so keep contemplating and practicing.
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Photo by Riccardo Romano
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Photo by aurence Garçon
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When you look at the works by Vania Zouravliov, you feel being enthralled by illusions of the wonderful world where beauty is mixed with the ugliness, life with the decay and everything is interpenetrated with the blazing sensuality. His works are vibrant, they communicate the simple elements of life to the viewers in the most expressive and memorable way. What can describe the diversity of reality better than the explicit symbols like the opposition of dark and eroticism that is frequently found in his images? Speaking about this artist, we speak about the mature talent, inspiring provocative and symbolic art. While browsing his versatile portfolio you can notice the beautiful oriental motifs, elements related to Russian tales, the animal theme is also described in his art. All his works are created with the desire and each of them has a certain zest and bears some message.
And now let’s appreciate the amazing and provocative illustrations by Vania Zouravliov and find some inspiration in them!
Being one of the greatest inventions of all times bicycle still remains (and hopefully will remain) extrememly popular all over the world. Needless to say how beautiful and brilliant this means of transportation is. Bicycles have become more than just that long time ago – nowadays we adore them, this is a cult in a good meaning because you can’t find something that’d be more eco-friendly while taking you from A to B.
Today we’ve gathered a small collection of original bicycle designs that as you may have guessed by now can be found absolutely everywhere, even in the most unexpected places. It is truly amazing that we can find awesome inspiration in the weirdest places. Love your bikes and be creative!
Photo by tonecoach
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Photo by e d d d d d d d i e
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What can catch the customers’ attention better than the overwhelming advertisements that are a part of thought-out strategy of companies. Some companies try their best to create the spectacular ads themselves, the others find the creative advertising agencies, but these both variants are quite possible. The main goal is to blow everybody’s mind away and impress with the innovative ideas and designs of the ads. Today we see quite often that most of them become more and more thoughts provoking and meaningful and these features make them stand out among other variations of art as the single and creative trend. Some fantastic and inspirational ads are presented in today’s roundup. You have posted them at our blog and we are looking for other captivation posts on this topic.
Steampunk is a trend of art where the technology and romance interweave in the harmonious unity and form the spectacular mystic reality. Steampunk aesthetics has gained wide popularity during the recent years and today we can find it in various forms of art. This style features the futuristic technology and the elegant elements from the Victorian epoch. Without a word, it catches attention at a first moment you see it. Steampunk posters stand out among others due to their peculiar features and it is hard to ignore them or pass by without looking at them. We can talk a lot about their originality, but it is better to see than to hear. So, you are welcome to admire all these awesome Steampunk posters that are presented in this post.
Cirque Acirca’s Priestess by ettadiem
Dr. Engelberts Von Hoebanger’s Cynical Love Machine by philipharpr
Vectorious.net is a great website where you can find an impressive collection of vector illustrations. Their library includes over 11,000 stock vector images which you can download to use in your design projects.
Here you can find a huge collection of stock vector art with more than 11,000 designs to choose from. Their impressive library consists of 9 categories of seriously cool vector art which include: vintage, business, people, abstract, backgrounds, buildings, music, seasonal and even free vectors.
The special features that make the products of this website stand out from the crowd are: high-quality vector illustrations, affordable prices, fresh vectors for you to download every month and extended license included for all of their products!
Check out this great example of vector illustrations from Vectorious to see what I mean:
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With today’s blog entry you’ll be able to experiment beyond the basics for we’re going to bring together top 10 professional photo techniques used by sophisticated masters of image capturing. The following guidelines are intended to help picture-takers immediately improve their photography store of knowledge. They’ll be able to read a description of each photo technique and view a respective set of photos from across the spectrum of subjects and styles. Note, there are two more high-end photo effects we highlighted before on our blog – that’s actually amazing Long Exposure and Tilt-Shift Photography. But right now learn to take great pictures with advanced digital photography top-rating techniques.
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High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography
HDR is an extremely sought out effect used by photographers. It allows a greater dynamic range of exposures, which is the range of values between light and dark areas, than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. Actually, HDR effect is more of a post processing trick that includes overlapping the shots with the same subject in three exposure brackets (under-exposed one, normal, and over exposed), for instance. Photoshop will work fine in this case. To merge and level the photographs, one could also use special PhotoMatrix software, and then add a little bit of channel tuning and color correction. On the whole, HDR allows the photographers to more accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes.
Photo by bcharbon
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Photo by Sven Fennema
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Posters are indispensable when the conversation drifts to the advertising of movies, competitions, exhibitions and any kind of cultural events. Eye-catching posters attract the attention of a crowd and make the event interesting for everybody. When the designers of posters apply their creativity and good taste to the process of creating, they get beautiful results – cool inspirational posters that most of us consider to be really great. Most of them feature not only the artist’s taste, but also the popular trends of the time when they were created and it makes quite easy to follow the trends of the epoch when you browse all these posters.
Today we’ll show you the most popular posts dedicated to the posters of various times. You are welcome to find your artist’s inspiration in this tiny collection!
Being an eternal source of inspiration for years and years, movie posters continue spreading creative ideas nowadays. It is really interesting to observe how artists are mixing major techniques for creating more and more original artworks. Last decade was symbolized by huge influence of digital technologies though it doesn’t mean that modern movie posters have lost that elegant charm of the retro posters – on the contrary we are sure that you have a lot of favorite ones that were made during the recent years.
We’ve decided to compose a small collection of 2010 movie posters that reflect some of major trends and techniques. In general movie posters include such components as textures, color schemes, typography, light effects and images. Besides that we should remind you about such important feature as the presence of the character or characters at the poster.
Ensemble of characters
“Takers” poster designed by fpo
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