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Have you ever had a photo capture your eye

and then wonder how the photographer accomplished the effect within that piece of art? For a lot of us, this happens fairly frequently. And if you’re really interested in finding out how that particular image came together, what do you do?

In this digital age, it’s quite possible that your first instinct is to turn to Google or whatever else may be your preferred search engine. However, in many cases, you may not be able to find what you need with a simple “how to” style search. Even if you do get results, there’s a good chance you’ll end up finding some conflicting information. No need to worry though, there is a much easier way to figure out what a you’ll have to do in order to get the qualities you love into images you shoot on your own.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Flickr. For those of you who haven’t, it’s a photo storage and sharing tool with a bit of a social networking quality as well. The site has undergone some awesome visual upgrades lately but one of its coolest features still remains. That would be the ability to see the technical details of each image. With this information, it should be pretty easy to recreate an image similar to those you admire so much.

You’ll be able to tell exactly what shutter speed, aperture, ISO and more is the combination that produces the desired result. All you have to do is go out and find an image (on the site) that you want to emulate and go from there. Sure, some photographers may not like the fact that you can access this info. But the way I see it, it’s like sharing with and learning from other professionals and not really any different than when someone posts a Photoshop tutorial on Youtube. And besides, photographers essentially OK this when they decide to sign up of the site in the first place.

Check out the video I have created below to find out how to access this information for yourself. In this case, I used a model photography shot that I took myself but it works the same for every image throughout the entire site.

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Comments on: "How’d the photographer do that?" (2)

  1. “You’ll be able to tell exactly what shutter speed, aperture, ISO and more is the combination that produces the desired result.” – thanks for a good tip! But first one has to find the same place/object to shoot to get the desired result:)

  2. I used to be a fan of knowing all the details, but then there came a point where I realized it wasn’t really the details, it was the good eye in picking out a subject to photograph. Then, further along, I read about Edgar Degas the painter. Over a hundred years ago he said, “Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” When I had a darkroom, I was using special filters, special paper, special developing chemicals, dodging, burning, etc. Now that I have Photoshop, Lightroom, Photo-Paint, and PaintShop Pro, the only difference is that I don’t have to inhale the fumes of all those nasty chemicals!

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