What does “play” mean to you? Click the link in bio to discover what it means to photographers around the world. 🤸♂️🌞🧩
What does “play” mean to you? Click the link in bio to discover what it means to photographers around the world. 🤸♂️🌞🧩
Photo by @Hannes_Becker || Pyramiden, an old Soviet coal mining town from 1910, which was abandoned in 1998. At first glance, it looks like an idyllic settlement, but then you realize you are basically walking through a ghost town. Buildings have been vandalized and fallen into disrepair, seagulls have made nesting sites, Arctic foxes are coming around and even polar bears appear from time to time. I spent hours exploring every little corner of it, a strange but beautiful setting tucked away in the high Arctic of Svalbard.
Photo by @Hannes_Becker || The King of the Arctic. After two previous attempts to encounter polar bears in Svalbard, I finally managed to come up close enough to document their behaviors and interactions with each other. One result of climate change is that the ice is melting earlier each spring and freezing later each fall. These bears are having to wait for longer periods each summer without a meal. I hope that photos like these inspire immediate action to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Arctic.
Photo by @Hannes_Becker || I’m Hannes Becker, landscape and outdoor photographer from Germany and you can join me during this week’s takeover about my travels to Svalbard. Time seems to be frozen in the glaciers as every layer captures a different aeon of our planet’s history. A truly marvelous sight to behold. Did you know that over 60% of Svalbard is covered by giant glaciers? It can be very rough to get around, even in the summer. The terrain offers an incredible landscape with icy mountains and stunning glacial walls. Due to the increase of almost 4°C in the last few years, the glaciers are rapidly shrinking faster than ever. In the end, it will affect the increase in global temperatures and a rise in water levels. A frightening feedback loop almost impossible to stop.
We asked eight photographers from around the globe to talk about “play” as it relates to their culture, hobbies, and location. Then, we asked you to share images that portray what “play” means to you under the hashtag #CapturePlay . ⠀ •⠀ 80 plays later…here we are! To these photographers, “play” is many things: it is essential, forgotten, sacred, and communal. Though one overarching theme is consistent across the globe: we all need more play. Thank you to our photographers, and to everyone who submitted their photos—now go play. 🤸♀️💃🌞⠀ •⠀ Explore how people play around the world at the link in our bio.
Hey everyone, @benjamin_warde here, welcome back to #LightroomLessons . Swipe through for a tutorial on directing a viewer’s attention by using vignettes on your photos. Adding a basic vignette to your photo is super easy, but if you want to get fancy, Lightroom also has a lot of advanced controls for manipulating the vignette.⠀ •⠀ Step 1:⠀ A vignette is the darkening of the corners and edges of your photo. This is what the photo looked like without the vignette. When you darken the corners of your photo with a vignette you direct the viewer’s attention more towards the center - this can be a great way to focus attention on the most important parts of your picture. First, make sure you’re in Edit mode.⠀ •⠀ Step 2:⠀ Then tap on “Effects”.⠀ •⠀ Step 3:⠀ Scroll down until you see the “Vignette” slider and then drag it to the left to add a dark vignette to your photo. (Dragging the slider to the right will add a light vignette to your photo, and make it look like it belongs in a 1970’s wedding album. )⠀ •⠀ Step 4:⠀ At this point, you can be done. But if you want to tweak the vignette there are a number of advanced controls you can use. The “Feather” control adjusts the softness of the edge of the vignette. If I want to change the shape of my vignette I often put the Feather slider to 0 temporarily so that I can see the shape of the vignette more clearly while I adjust it.⠀ •⠀ Step 5:⠀ The “Midpoint” slider lets you bring the vignette in more towards the center, or push it out more towards the edges. For this picture I pulled the vignette in towards the center a bit, so that it would show clearly around all sides of the photo.⠀ •⠀ Step 6:⠀ The “Roundness” slider makes the vignette more or less round in shape. For this photo I made the vignette less round because I didn’t want it overlapping the barn.⠀ •⠀ Step 7:⠀ Once I’ve got the vignette shape the way I want, I take the Feather slider back up so that it’s nice and soft.⠀ •⠀ Step 8:⠀ Bonus info! I didn’t use the “Highlights” slider on this photo, but if you take the slider up it will let the brightest parts of the photo shine through the vignette more. On certain photos, this can make the vignette look more organic.
Photo by @Michael_angelo_77 for #CapturePlay || In photography, play means experimenting and discovering. For this photo I was experimenting with fast shutter speeds. It was a warm summer afternoon and our kids were having fun with the garden hose. The sun had just fallen behind a tree and the water spray gave a magical effect with the natural backlight of the late afternoon. 😊
Photo by @lpmediahouse for #CapturePlay || “Play” for me is doing something that helps me switch off from the real world and truly be in the moment. This photo represents a summer of play on Lake Geneva wakeboarding, skiing and sharing and capturing precious moments with friends. Anytime I’m behind the lens, I’m playing and anytime I’m editing, I’m playing.
Photo by @leles_gustavo for #CapturePlay || I've always loved watching other people play sports. I love how sports can change people, even if only for a few hours. People are overwhelmed by so many feelings—love, union, happiness, peace, sometimes even anger and sadness and that's ok, because life is like that, and so is play. It’s about living life and feeling it at its best and worst. • I was never good at playing sports, but I'm learning how to play with a camera and how to make people feel what I feel through sports.
Photo by @edgilardon for #CapturePlay || To me, play means connecting, building relationships and growing while having fun and staying in the moment.⠀ •⠀ These Japanese Snow Monkeys certainly do all of that. They are having fun climbing and jumping into the pool while teaching their young how to interact with the rest of the community. It was beautiful to see.
Photo by @Apollo .dubs for #CapturePlay || Being in the San Francisco Bay Area, there’s plenty of talented photographers. Playing means being creative and taking photos you’ve seen before but putting your individual stamp on it. Letting your mind wander. The fun part is going outside and capturing how your mind plays through different possibilities.
#CapturePlay photos by @monaris_ || In our hectic, modern lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and family commitments that we never seem to have time for pure fun. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we stopped playing. But I truly believe that by retaining our ability and right to play, we get to enjoy a more fulﬁlling life. ⠀ What does play look like in your culture? Share with the #CapturePlay hashtag for a chance to be featured.
Adobe Evangelist @jkost shares some insider tips to enhance your images with Lightroom.
Photos by @jkost || I have a degree in psychology as well as photography and have always been interested in photography as a means of self-expression and self-examination. I find it constructive to examine the photographs that we make, in order to learn what works and what doesn’t. And if we take the time to review the work that we’ve created in the past, we can start to see the relationships between events in our lives, the photographs that we make, and the stories that we tell. I frequently look for common themes and consistencies in color and tone, subject matter, and composition, that I might want to seek out or shy away from depending on the image that I’m trying to create.
Photos by @jkost || I’ve learned that if I want to stay creative, I need to work personal projects into my daily life. I constantly give myself assignments as a way to invest in my own work, to ensure my photography evolves, and to encourage me to look at things with a new perspective. I find that personal projects are a way to explore new ideas without the pressure of a client and they also bring “play" into the equation which I realize is an excellent way to learn.
Photos by @jkost || I find that if I take the time to research the location that I’m going to visit, it often predisposes me to make better photographs. And, planning ahead and familiarizing myself with what I might see or experience helps me to prepare for the unexpected. I find that I make more “successful” photographs when I set up a structure in which to work. ⠀ •⠀ I start by defining the project that I want to accomplish, then limit the scope to avoid becoming overwhelmed and finally, I commit to seeing these objectives to completion. It doesn’t mean that I can’t take a detour on the journey, but knowing what I’ve set out to do provides me with a map which I can follow - allowing for more energy to be creative because I don’t have to worry about where I’m going.
#CapturePlay photos by @luisadorr || I believe we think of play as a part of the day, when some rules are suspended or completely obliterated. We see it almost as a luxury, and many as something irrelevant and unnecessary. But in fact, the whole human existence is a play, a game. We take our lives and the things we do too seriously. And we always forget that this is a game with the same final for all of us. Which shall be a reminder in itself that we must play more and have more fun.⠀ ⠀ Share what play means to you using the hashtag #CapturePlay for a chance to be featured!
Photos by @jkost || I believe that as a photographer, it’s your willingness to experiment—to break the rules and try something new, without the fear of failure—that will set you apart. Right before we came upon these horses, I distinctly remember overhearing a conversation that strongly advised against cropping off any portion of the animal. I took a lot of photographs of “whole” horses, but sometimes when people tell me not to do something to a photo, I can’t help but try to see if I can break the rules and make it work. In the end, this triptych ended up being my favorite images of the day.
Photos by @jkost || I delight in making intriguing photographs of what others may consider to be mundane. I believe that there’s always a photograph that can be made, regardless of where we are - we just need to take the time to find it. I often find myself excluding elements that would provide the image’s sense of scale. I find that when the viewer loses that frame of reference, it’s easier for them to bring their own imagination to the photo and they are more likely to engage with, ask questions about, and be open to experience another's point of view.
Photos by @jkost || I often use photography as a reason (and excuse ) to slow down and observe my surroundings when I travel. I constantly challenge myself to see more than just the initial "grab shot”, and often direct my attention towards the details of the location, organizing and compartmentalizing elements in the scene into strong graphic lines and minimalistic shapes. Being an introvert, I often find that crowded locations can quickly lead to sensory overload, but my camera enables me to wander off the beaten path and spend time alone to recharge.
Photos by @jkost || Hey everyone! Julieanne Kost here. I’ll be taking over the Lightroom Instagram for the next two weeks—hope you enjoy!⠀ •⠀ My love for aerial photography actually grew out of a fear of flying. I frequently travel for work, and have always been anxious from the time the plane takes off, to the time it lands. But early on, I discovered that taking pictures out of the plane window allowed me to view the scenery in a different context: not as the earth some 30,000 feet below, but as an immense, constantly scrolling image. I became a spectator – an observer of the scene, rather than part of it. While I still fear flying, I know that the discomfort is worth the experience. Today, I look forward to every opportunity to explore the world from a small aircraft - even with the doors off.