5 Reasons To Give Long Exposure Photography a Try:

A photograph is typically a look into a particular moment in time. Its an opportunity for a photographer to convey to their viewer a scene or an instance, as it was when the shutter was released. But, this can be limiting! Ever tried to photograph a river or creek…………….

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The Daguerreotype & The Calotype: Photography’s Parallel Histories

The Daguerreotype and the Calotype were the first widely usable photographic processes to be introduced to the world. Each method arriving to the same conclusion though different means of execution, and producing technically different outcomes, both processes would take photography into the mainstream practice that we know today. These methods would both inspire wide use of the camera, as well as…

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Home Built Cameras for a Conceptual Support

Having recently embarked into a deep metaphysical concept, one that is engaged in a personal and cathartic journey of self-discovery, I needed a camera system that would support such an endeavor. Following some experiments with a regular 35mm DSLR, as well as some exotic medium format digital systems, it quickly became apparent that a perfect camera system would not fulfill the ephemeral nature of the images…

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I am Matthew Smith and I am a participant of ISSP 2014, Latvia

I was nervous about checking the Participants List, sitting in my dimly lit office/bedroom/parent’s basement at 3am. The International Summer School of Photography webpage was up on my screen, the mouse hovering over the “Participants” menu. Only 73 photographers get accepted into this program….

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The Use of Natural Low-Light and Neutral Density Filters in Concept-Based Landscape Photography

Monster hurricanes… saturating heat … biblical rains … what’s not to love about summer in Florida?  At least when it comes to photography.  When the skies turn dark and stormy and people seek shelter indoors, I grab my camera gear and go to work outside.

In this blog post I’ll review how I use low-light conditions – especially rainy low-light conditions – and ND filters in my concept-based landscape photography, specifically for lighting aesthetics and water-blur effects.  We’ll take a detailed look at…

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Appropriation: Is it a form of art? A lack of imagination? Or just plain theft?

Is it a form of art? A lack of imagination? Or just plain theft? According to the Cambridge dictionary, the word appropriation is described as: “When you take something for your own use, usually without permission”. So with this definition in mind, it is natural to think of this topic as a ‘hot button” for many, but particularly for professional photographers…..

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The Use of Movement and Slow Shutter Speeds for Concept-based Intents

The uniqueness of the medium of photography resides in its ability to capture the passage of time, either with a long exposure or just freezing a moment in time. High-speed photography allows us to observe the fast actions of the world, the hidden spatial movements of humans, animals, as well as the physical properties of actions and laws of physics.The reverse of high -speed photography, the capture of movement has also immense potentials for expressive outcomes, the study of the passage of time as a unique characteristic of the medium.

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The Technique of Variable Planes of Focus for Reflective Artistic Outcomes

View cameras, with their ability to independently move the front and back standards to generate sharp images within complex environments where the detail of a product or structure has to be fully rendered, have been around for well over a century. Architectural photographers have used the swings, tilts and shift functions of their view cameras to generate accurate, fully focused and standard renditions of interiors and exteriors, ensuring perfect vertical lines and recording the fine details of a particular space or building. Learn more about how to harness this aesthetic creatively.. 

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Photographing the Night

Ah, night photography. Camping out under the open sky, recording trails as the stars creep across the heavens, exposing the glorious Milky Way as only a camera can see it…  Nope, that’s not happening in the city! Discussing my approach to nighttime photography in urban light. 

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Optical Blur for Expressive and Creative Outcomes

Optical blur, or in other words the lack of sharpness and detail in a photograph, is an integral part of the limitations of the medium that can be used to effectively change the scene captured and reconstruct, reinterpret, the world around us in a communicative output. As Hiroshi Sugimoto, a contemporary photographer who has successfully used optical blur via defocusing a view camera to illustrate a massive project and book on architectural icons worldwide, declares: “It is about seeing the thing itself rather than the thing”. 

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Fine Art Photography: Alternative Process

The recent resurgence of alternative processes within the fine art photography realm, such as cyanotypes, Van Dyke browns, platinum/palladium prints, gum bichromates, daguerreotypes and wet collodions, have brought upon a new and exciting direction to our medium.

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Welcome to The UPA Gallery!

The United Photographic Artists Gallery, L.L.C. would like to give you a warm welcome to our new site! Please have a look around and get aquainted with our artists. Contact us if you have any questions or requests.  Thank you! 

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