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Interview with Marco Larousse, Street and Fine Art Photographer

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Today’s interview is going to focus with a quite famous photographer in the blogosphere, Marco Larousse, a street, fine art and documentary photographer as well as an official Fujifilm X-Photographer based in Hamburg, Germany. Some of you may know him for his Fuji X Files blog. The interview itself is going to focus on street photography in particular, but also on general technique and advice. Enjoy!

All photographs © Marco Larousse. Used kindly with permission.

Photograph IO : Hi Marco, could you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

Marco Larousse : I’m a fine art street and documentary photographer based in Hamburg, Germany.  I’m also one of the official Fujifilm X-Photographers and I am working both in digital and analog. And most of my work is in black and white.

Photograph IO : And how long have been into photography?

Marco Larousse : I’ve started photography around the late 70’s, so I guess around 35 years.

Photograph IO : How would you describe your photography style?

Marco Larousse : As as street photographer, I love to find symmetry in street photography scenes where people are going after their daily routine in an interesting architecture and or light and shadow scene. My focus is on the scene while keeping the person anonymous. This way the viewer of the image can make up his own story about the scene and what the person may be doing and what emotional mood he/she may be in.


How to Use the Split Toning Panel in Adobe Lightroom

If you want to give your pictures a particular look (e.g. cinematic) or feel, you can use the Split Toning panel in Lightroom. I will show you how this simple, but powerful tool works.

Let’s get started!

As always, import your image into Lightroom.

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Go to the Split Toning tab, and you’ll see 5 sliders. For now, we’ll just concentrate on the Hue and Saturation sliders (forget the Balance).Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 10.58.55 AM

As the name Split Toning suggest, the sliders allow us to tweak the colors of only certain parts of the image (Highlights and Shadows).

Let’s begin with the Highlights. Slide the Saturation slider (of Highlights) to a value of 50. It doesn’t have to be exactly 50; it’s to show us what is targeted by the slider. As you can see, the image has turned reddish.Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 10.59.12 AM

Now, slide the Hue slider. As you do so, the image will shift colors: red, yellow, green, blue… You can also click on the little colored rectangle to the right of “Highlights”. It will bring up the Color Picker. For this particular image, I wanted the sky to me even bluer.Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 10.59.23 AM

Then, reduce the saturation. It will make the image look more natural (as opposed to looking like it has a reddish or bluish filter over it).Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 10.59.37 AM

Now repeat the same steps but for the Shadows.
Here’s a tip: you should select complementary tones for the Highlights and the Shadows, because they create the strongest contrast for those particular two colors (which basically means they look good together).Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 10.59.49 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 11.00.14 AM

As you may (or may not) have noticed, the difference between the original and the final image is very small in this case, but if you wanna go crazy on the saturation sliders, that’s up to you! Experiment with different kinds of tone combinations for the Highlights and Shadows.

And there you have it: how to use the Split Toning Panel in Lightroom!

See you all next week.
In the mean time, get out there and keep shooting!

How-To's Lightroom Editing Series

How to create a stunning panorama with Lightroom

Your DSLR is very useful when you want to capture the scene before your eyes. But what if one picture isn’t quite enough? How can you stitch multiples pictures together to create a big panorama? I will show you just that in this tutorial.

Let’s begin!


To make a panorama, you need pictures (obviously). You should have your pictures overlapping a little bit; Lightroom will have an easier time putting the images together.

Import them into Lightroom.

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Choose one of them, and edit it like you would normally, but don’t crop it or auto-level it. I went for an HDR look for this one. You can check out the Single Picture HDR look article here.Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.07.04 PM


Once you’re done, select all the other ones, click Sync, Check All, and Synchronize.Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.07.39 PM


Right click on the pictures, Photo Merge, Panorama. Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.33.16 PM

Check the Auto Select Projection and the Auto Crop boxes, then click Merge. This will take a few minutes depending on how many pictures you have, their size, and the processing power of you computer (or toaster). Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.34.12 PM

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Now you can crop the panorama, add some gradient filter and vignetting, etc. As you can see, the end result is a 13144 by 3926pixels pictures (almost 52 megapixels)!Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 1.40.56 PM


Congratulations! You’ve created your panorama in Lightroom!
There is a more advanced way to make panoramas using Lightroom and Photoshop; I will show you how in a future tutorial.

In the mean time, get out there and shoot!


Photo Essays

Photoessay : Infrared Street Photography by Steven Sappore

Steven Saphore is an photographer from the Fiji Islands with a passion for infrared photography.

Earlier this year, he and Australian musician Kuya Howler embarked on an ethereal exploration of Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island (known as ‘Minjerribah’ to it’s original inhabitants) with a focus on the eradicated Quandamooka Aboriginal culture through infrared photography and music. Steven, the photographer behind the shots, used a Canon 550D/T2i he modified himself with a 11-16 f/2.8 lens to capture the vivid expression of his musician friend Kuya Howler, as depicted in the shots below.


Acting as a viewing portal to a transcendent plane of reality, infrared photography vividly illustrates the ancient Aboriginal notion of spiritual energy and Dream-time lore in the form of deeply detailed skies and glowing white trees. In conjunction with Kuya’s impeccable ‘sense of place’  expressed through his music, we aim to conjure the atmosphere, feelings and purpose of the original custodians of this small island that was once called ‘Minjerribah’.


Steven Saphore and fellow hacker Nilesh Pawar are also the minds behind the World in Infrared project, a resource dedicated to the growing number of street photography and photojournalism photos shot using infrared techniques.

“Visible light is the name we’ve given to the mere 0.0035% of the electromagnetic spectrum we are able to perceive with our eyes. It encompasses every shade of every sunset, sunrise and season you could possibly see. Using a specially modified DSLR that is able to capture light in the infrared spectrum, we are offered a glimpse into a surreal version of reality that exists beyond the limits of human vision.”

Here’s the rest of the pictures from the set :



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The Basics of Photography : A Quick Overview of Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO

You just got your first DSLR camera. You take some pictures with the Auto Mode and wow, the pictures look amazing! But you don’t want to stop here, wishing to learn more about your camera, and photography in general. Then you have come to the right place. Oh, and you actually don’t need a DSLR. Any mirrorless camera or point-and-shoot with manual controls will allow you to manipulate these settings.

In this article I will show you the 3 main settings in the manual mode of DSLR cameras: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and the effects each one has on the picture.

For more tutorial for beginner photographers, click here.

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How to do a Single Picture HDR look in Adobe Lightroom

How to do a Single Picture HDR look in Adobe Lightroom

You transfer your pictures from your camera onto your computer. You take a look at them and some of them just don’t look the way you thought they would — underexposed, a little out of focus, dull… Fortunately, Lightroom is here for you.

Adobe Lightroom is a great tool to make, or rather fake, the HDR look using only one picture. Not only is it extremely simple to do, but it only requires fiddling with the basic sliders.

Let’s get started!

(I am assuming that you already know how to import pictures into Lightroom and get into the Develop module. See you there! A complete guide for Lightroom for beginners is coming soon… patience.)

First of all, I like to start with the Highlights and the Shadows. The sliders can be found under the Basic tab. For the HDR look, I bring down the Highlights slider to -100 and set the Shadows slider to +100. This will bring back details in the picture (and dynamic range). It might look washed out for now, but don’t worry, we will take care of that in just a second!

*Do not abuse this HDR technique. It may be a quick fix but nothing remedies crappy technique. Sincerely. *

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Ming Thein : Interview with the Master

Today’s interview features a special guest, a mentor and certainly one of the best photographers out there in today’s world : Ming Thein. Ming Thein has always been one of our influencers here at Photograph IO with his transparent but evocative style of photography. He’s also one of the main driving reasons that pushed us to start this blog. Let’s begin this interview 🙂

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Ming Thein

Photograph IO : Hi Ming!

Ming Thein : Hello!

Photograph IO : To begin this interview, can you please start by introducing yourself and what you do for our readers who may not know your blog?

Ming Thein : Hello there. Thank you for having me. I am a photographer first, a philosopher/writer second, a commercial photographer third, a teacher fourth and a blogger a distant fifth. My commercial work centers around product and corporate documentary. Much like hardware – the Internet is merely another tool for the former; I run which is perhaps one of the few photography sites that puts images and ‘the why’ first, and reviews second. In another life I was in consulting and private equity, but found the ethics questionable at best and the lack of concrete output extremely frustrating. So against better advice, I quit and here I am today. I photograph because I’m compelled to do so, and because I feel there’s something in being able to capture and present the transient, the uncommon, and the unseen in the mundane. Is it art? Who knows.

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How to Shoot Levitation Photography


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In this tutorial we will learn how to make some compelling levitation shots, with two different methods. Plain simple. That’s it 🙂


I think that creating a surreal portrait exemplifies the creative process. The entire experience, from planning to set up to shooting to processing, is a slow and methodical creative endeavor. When you have the intention of creating something surreal, all the constraints and bounds on your creativity are loosened. With such loose constraints, you are limited only by your imagination and your results will directly reflect the your creative efforts. Think of levitation as one of many elements of your photo. There are still a lot of other things to think about other than just the levitation part: your subject’s pose, the setting, the light, makeup, clothing, props, and all the other technical elements of the shot. Think about what unique ideas you can bring to your levitation photography project.

This post originally appeared over at The Photon Collective. We are republishing here, with permission, because there is some truly great content in it.

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10 Simple Tips to Improve your Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

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Every and each photographer has probably done landscape photography at least once in their careers as amateurs or pros. Landscape photography is simple one of those pictures that everyone raves about with all the bright colours and amazing scenery that makes eyeballs drop. No wonder it is by far the most popular category on 500px!

If you want to learn how to make amazing landscape shots but don’t know where to start, this guide is for you. 

10 Landscape photography tips

Although I no longer shoot as much landscape as I used to, many of my best shots were landscape photos and the technique, and rigour required for shooting landscape has certainly translated well into other fields of photography as well.

One aspect that can set your landscape photography apart is thinking about the the background, as well as the foreground. This way, you will give those viewing your picture a way into it and create a depth in your image. I have put together a few tips on clicking the perfect shot, ones that I learnt when I was a lot more  into landscape photography.

Without waiting, here are ten landscape photography tips to get you started.

1. Light is Everything

Although a landscape or particular scenery may seem static, it really isn’t. Light, just like exposure, can significantly affect the composition of your shot by shifting weight towards certain elements over others.