AMATEUR VS PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS: Here’s the difference.

Learn the key technique that separates amateur photographers from professionals, and how mastering this one concept will instantly improve your photography.

Inside this photography tutorial we’ll be taking a look at the core principal behind all your photos and compositions: The concept of contrast. Contrast in photography is about more than just light vs dark – It’s the idea of using opposing elements of all kinds in your photography to create interest and meaning.

Contrast can be created through lighting, luminance, hue, saturation, sharpness, texture and posing. It can also be created through the way you frame your photos and through the way you present your subject.
Contrast is what gives meaning to your photography, and it’s the biggest photography skill that separates professional photographers from the amateurs.

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  1. Now finally I know why I do certain things while editing with just innate sense of "this looks good". This will also help me save time from trial and error. Great video!

  2. Wow, I've never seen anyone taking the time to answer and acknowledge comments so much.
    Very good stuff in your teaching on contraste and also how to better analyze photographs.
    I discovered your work with the tutorial on Auto Mask that just blew me out, it's so good. I use the function quite ofter. Thanks to you!
    (from Montréal, Québec)

  3. For the curios: this big building in the foggy background in example nr 2 is the Doge's Palace in Venice 😀
    I wonder how Lynn Lewis managed to have the piazza so empty because it's usually crowded with people – no matter the time.

  4. A problem with the first example is you took a scene with beautiful nature colors (the blue sky and green grass) reminiscent of the Sound of Music poster and made them drab, dry and lifeless like a savana. Exactly what I'd expect my wedding photographer not to do. I know you repeated that "it's not the example of a perfect edit", but if not then you should re-evaluate whether you should be doing tutorials. It's jarring to think that some color theory made you turn a photo that could have symbolized purity and harmony with nature into a lifeless, dull, grey looking photo

  5. This made me rethink my approach, even though I'm a beginner in a conscious kind of photography (as opposed to just point+shoot with a compact cam or phone). Learned so much from this short video. Thanks!

  6. I try very hard to create contrast within my shoots, whether it's from the model's motion, the textures of clothing or environments, how I expose light and dark in camera, etc, but playing around with luminance, hue, and Saturation has helped me add a very subtle pop to my finished photos! Can't wait to play around more!

  7. … I was watching the first segment and got heavily reminded that I am indeed colorblind. Hehe the dress never changed and the grass just became more yellow-brown

  8. Ok I think I get your point. Everything we see is thanks to contrast and contrast alone.
    And then do something unrealistic. Colors and luminance all crooked and not based in real lightning, people looking bigger than buildings etc. attention seeking wackyness. No wonder clickbaits are so popular.

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