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15 Best Photography WordPress Themes

Modern WordPress themes provide various ways for displaying photography and design works. There are hundreds of photography and portfolio themes created each year, each with its own unique features.Picking the best photography WordPress theme out of the thousands of options online is difficult. That’s why we at SpyreStudios created this collection of the finest WP themes for photography and portfolios. This themes list will be updated monthly with some of the most unique and feature-packed photography themes from across the Web.

Beaudry

Beaudry

Created by: dinosaurstew

Price: $ 55

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Beaudry is a Genesis child theme targeted at photographers that has a stunning magazine style and beautiful photo galleries to showcase your work. Beaudry’s sleek menu combines elegant serif and sans serif typography which give the theme an editorial feel. The theme comes with eight page templates, including a landing page, an about page, a services page, and a full-width page. Some of the features of Beaudry are the option to upload your own logo, complete mobile responsiveness, tons of widget areas, and custom color palette. The theme is also eCommerce-ready so you can start selling your work right away.

Shutterbird

Shutterbird

Created by: GT3themes

Price: $ 49

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Shutterbird is a WordPress theme that’s entirely tailored to suit the needs of the modern photographer. The theme has a powerful page builder and an awesome theme options panel that allows admins to effortlessly customize their website. Shutterbird has tons of image display styles, including four custom sliders and six gallery types, that allow you to completely personalize the theme’s looks. Galleries also allow the option for password protection. The theme is SEO-friendly and it’s optimized for a high-speed browsing experience.

Spark

Spark

Created by: Visualmodo

Price: $ 59

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Spark is an intricate portfolio theme for WordPress that offers a striking user experience with a captivating video background, sleek sans serif typography, and multiple page sections. Spark has tons of options for customizations. Along with five elegant portfolio page styles to choose from, the theme also provides typography and color options. The theme also comes with 40+ shortcode elements, a WYSIWYG front-end editor and a neat visual composer for backend page editing. Spark is also translation ready, has an integrated eCommerce plugin, a side menu option, and supports Contact Form 7.

Killeen

Killeen

Created by: FastWP

Price: $ 49

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Killeen is a Bootstrap WordPress theme with a visual approach. It has a dark layout and a grid gallery for photos or a design portfolio. The masonry gallery combines both photos and posts which make the website easy for browsing multiple content types without switching to separate galleries and blogs. The theme comes with 4000+ Retina-ready vector icons

Exposure

Exposure

Created by: ThemeFuse

Price: $ 59

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Exposure is a gorgeous photography theme by ThemeFuse. It has a sophisticated style with beautifully crafted slider and page elements that are perfectly combined with a bold serif font. The theme’s classical looks makes it ideal for wedding and family photography but its unique design can match any photography style. The theme has three built-in page styles, plenty of shortcodes, a handy events calendar, and a WooCommerce shop.

Fotos

Fotos

Created by: wiloke

Price: $ 29

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Fotos is one of the cheapest and most feature-packed photography themes you can get your hands on. It has a unique above-the-fold section with a side menu that sticks to the top when navigating around the site. Fotos comes with 10 stunning home page layouts and six photo galleries. The optimized photo gallery allows easy upload of unlimited amounts of photos. The theme is also compatible with Redux, Visual Composer, and MailChimp.

Napoli

Napoli

Created by: fox-themes

Price: $ 39

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Napoli is very new on the market and it’s already gathering a huge fan base. The theme starts cheap and ends at the price of $ 49 after 13 December 2016 but that’s not the only thing that makes the crowd go wild. Currently, Napoli has 5 gallery styles and 10 hover animations that make the photo displays live and engaging. There are also two album page types and about us pages but that’s not all. Fox-Themes want to continually upgrade their theme with new features and constantly accept feature suggestions.

Grand Photography

GrandPhotography

Created by: ThemeGoods

Price: $ 59

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

GrandPhotography is a feature-rich photography theme that offers every feature you could possibly imagine. The 144+ predesign pages and templates can help you turn this theme into anything your heart desires. The theme’s video parallax and parallax scrolling are optimized at 60fps which provide a smooth scrolling experience. For an easier customization, the theme offers a live content builder with responsive preview. GrandPhotography also has 6 menu layouts, 9 single portfolio templates, and 10 blog layouts. The bulk image uploader makes uploading a breeze while the infinite scroll optimizes the photo browsing experience by ditching any unnecessary user actions.

Umbrella

Umbrella

Created by: _nK

Price: $ 57

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Umbrella is another masterpiece on the WordPress photography theme scene. The front page features a full-screen image slider with an unusual menu style that stretches in all corners of the screen. Combined with a beautiful photo, this design choice provokes visitors to take a closer look at the image as a whole and acts as a minimalist text frame that beautifully compliments the photo. About has a one-of-a-kind layout that creatively mixes large photography with an editorial text design. The theme has a fast AJAX loading, a live content builder, ACF PRO, and a 100% responsive, retina-ready design.

Oshine

Oshine

Created by: envirra

Price: $ 49

Download: here.

Live preview: here

Oshine is so highly customizable the team had to create 27 demo home page versions to showcase the full potential of the theme. Oshine is a creative multi-purpose WordPress theme with multiple page layouts. Few of the many features of the theme are the WooCommerce integration, a facilitated multilingual plugin, a premium slider plugin, a one-click import, and an easy-to-use visual page builder.

John Black Photography

John Black

Created by: GT3themes

Price: $ 39

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

JohnBlack is a fullscreen photography theme with multiple skins and slider types. The theme can be either dark or light and can display your photography portfolio in a grid, flow, packery or ribbon gallery. John Black has 18 unique page layouts along with a video background, an E-commerce page, a services page, about us page, and two amazing blog styles. The theme is also translation-ready, SEO-optimized, and comes with a neat GT3 page builder.

Photo Me

Photome

Created by: ThemeGoods

Price: $ 59

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Photome is a photography WordPress theme with 8 page demos and 50+ photo gallery and design portfolio templates. The one-click demo install makes for an easy customization even without a complete personal portfolio. Along with a sleek one-page layout, the theme has 8 blog templates to choose from. The integrated Revolution slider guarantees high user engagement while the SEO-optimized code will ensure your site is easily crawlable by search engines.

Borano

Borano

Created by: FastWP

Price: $ 49

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Borano is a WordPress theme crafted for photographers and creatives who want to showcase their visual work. The horizontal and justified galleries provide an elegant image display. The theme supports keyboard and mouse wheel navigation which makes image browsing much more enjoyable. Borano has a smart photo grid and a filterable portfolio. It has 5 project page layouts, light and dark themes, and comes with plenty of video tutorials to help you get started with customization.

Kepler

Kepler

Created by: envirra

Price: $ 49

Download: here.

Live preview: here.

Kepler is a modern portfolio and photography theme with a minimalist design. The theme offers 40+ page styles, including various gallery and portfolio layouts. Admins can also lock specific galleries with a password and easily translate their website with RTL support. The theme allows self-hosted video and audio. It also provides instant search for quicker browsing. The built-in page composer offers live customization of galleries, blog posts, and portfolio pages.

Panama

Panama

Created by: Peenapo

Price: $ 49

Download: here.

Live preview: here

Panama comes with 6 homepage templates: Slider, Agency, Personal, Parallax, Fashion, and Creative. Each one has a completely unique feel and a full-screen image background. Panama has a great Mega Menu included in the theme along with 5 captivating gallery layouts to display your best work. It also supports music background which can make image browsing an even more delightful experience. The theme has a child theme support and multiple blog layouts. It also has a before / after image effect and image copyright protection. Every photo in Panama has a separate page with custom meta information which, if filled correctly, will boost your site’s performance in search engines. The Peenapo Page Builder allows quick layout creation. Photographers can also lock content with a password and take advantage of the floating columns portfolio effect when displaying their work.

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Street Photography in Gallery 100

A few weeks ago, Gallery 100 bade farewell to the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition and reverted back to its usual role: a permanent photographs gallery, displaying works that narrate a history of photography. Since 2015, this broad brief has been tackled thematically, with the focus now on ‘the body’. The display opened on March 11th and will be on view until February 2017. It features 105 works from over 60 photographers, all of whom explore the human form in pictures dating from the 1840s to the present day. The works have been selected by Curator Susanna Brown from the 500,000 photographs in the V&A’s collection. In 1852 the V&A became the first museum to collect photographs. Its collection now numbers among the most important in the world and forms the UK’s national collection of the art of photography.

Mark Cohen, 'Belly Button Cartwheel', 1975

Mark Cohen, ‘Belly Button Cartwheel’, 1975, gelatin silver print (museum no. E.673-2016)

Around halfway down the east wall hangs a pair of photographs by Mark Cohen (b.1943): Jump Rope and Belly Button Cartwheel, both from 1975. They are displayed alongside Žehra, a 1969 photograph taken by Josef Koudelka (b.1938). Both artists depict children in what is perhaps a less expected iteration of the theme of the body, which might traditionally be interpreted as ‘the nude’, or even ‘the female nude’. These images of childhood are compelling, as they represent the transience, resilience and physicality of the body, without referring too much to sexuality. That is not to say the images infer only innocence, rather that notions of sexuality and gender roles exist within the broader themes of growth, coming-of-age and childhood. The interaction of Cohen’s street style with Koudelka’s more documentary style is interesting. They complement one another in their proximity, invoking an active thought process that causes one’s eye to flicker between the images. The lithe musculature of Koudelka’s boys speaks to the smooth stomach of Cohen’s cart-wheeler. They are connected by a common theme of adult burdens on children; the flexing boys emphasise pressures of masculinity on youths, while Cohen’s photographs highlight the presence of the male gaze on adolescent girls.

Mark Cohen is a well-known street photographer who has spent most of his career photographing in Pennsylvania. He is known for his cropped, gritty portrayals of the streets inhabited by the working people in towns such as Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The accessibility of street photography makes it a very appealing genre to me. It is a record of the material world – this world, our recognisable, everyday world – just through the lens of another’s eye. At its best, a street photograph presents an immortalised moment of societal interaction. It invites an awareness of individuals and empathy towards situations that would go unnoticed in day-to-day life. A common misconception is that street photography is easy to achieve; that one can venture into the street clutching a camera and immediately, almost accidentally, capture humorous or poignant or precise scenes. In reality, it is not easy to achieve an interesting street photograph. Each image is deliberate, intentionally framed, with the photographer often having to wait very long periods of time for a compelling shot. Endurance is key, as consistent attention must be trained on observing the immediate world, and a quick eye is essential. Remaining inconspicuous has also been an issue. For some, such as Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), being discreet was not of particular concern and he was known to get into altercations, especially when photographing women in front of their male companions. For Paul Strand (1890-1976), it meant employing a dummy camera lens while covertly using the real one tucked under his arm. Here, Cohen utilises his trademark technique of shooting with his arm outstretched, away from his body and, crucially, without looking into the viewfinder. While this technique undoubtedly contributed to a signature aesthetic, it is plausible that the practice might have originated in a desire for subtlety.

Mark Cohen, 'Jump Rope, 1975, gelatin silver print

Mark Cohen, ‘Jump Rope, 1975, gelatin silver print (museum no. E.669-2016)

Cohen explores the idea of anonymity at a complex level. He plays with remaining anonymous in his use of the camera and he also renders his subjects anonymous in his use of cropping: we are confronted with a headless figure, a close-up view of a stomach. The result is that, as viewers, we are deprived of markers that are often used to identify people. Consequently, the subjects themselves become the markers, as their essence transcends the individual and becomes emblematic of broader subjects; the two girls in these photographs come to represent all girls, the street comes to represent all streets. By taking away these indicators, Cohen elevates his subjects above their material surroundings, transforming them into something familiar and relatable, despite their individual origins or lifestyle.

Cohen’s use of cropping is very precise. When making these decisions, he must ensure that the remaining frame is dynamic enough to both imply a broader scene and to justify the crop. We are forced to focus on details, such as the orientation of the cart-wheeler’s stomach. If the orientation were upright, the image would lose its power of implication, whereas, upside down, we can guess she is in active movement. Then, this is affirmed by the title, because, while Cohen removes the identity of his subjects, he also assigns some fact. He breaks down our judgmental qualities by removing obvious identifiers and then, once we are drawn in with an open mind, re-introduces clues alluding to the content of his photographs. On closer inspection, the image featuring the skipping child contains signs of a lower-income neighbourhood; her socks are dirty, the fence in the background is unkempt. However, on noticing these details we are already empathetic. Cohen has controlled our processing of these scenes, subverting our habits. This is one of the successes of street photography; the ability to make viewers overlook their preconceptions and understand a different perspective of the world.

Josef Koudelka, 'Žehra', 1967, gelatin silver print (Museum no. CIRC.512-1976)

Josef Koudelka, ‘Žehra’, 1967, gelatin silver print (museum no. CIRC.512-1976)

Another result of Cohen’s use of cropping is a feeling of unease. The harshly framed photographs evoke a sense of voyeurism, an inappropriate gaze and the violence of dismemberment. However, armed with the knowledge of how Cohen uses his camera, should we trust these judgements? Are these feelings just a by-product of his practice? This is another success of street photography: provoking viewers to question their opinions and justify how they were reached.

Next to the pair of Cohen photographs hangs an image by Josef Koudelka. It depicts children from the Roma community in the town of Žehra, Slovakia, in a documentary style of photography differing to that of Cohen’s streets. The implication of Cohen’s photographs is replaced with a factuality in Koudelka’s. As part of a larger series of images documenting the Roma communities in Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, France and Spain, Koudelka focussed on portraying the identity of the Roma, and on capturing the spirit of these communities, who are often perceived as private. The presence of another is evident, which makes the subjects less relatable. However, Koudelka too plays with subversion and, despite the documentary nature of his work, also undermines our instincts to a degree. There is not much contextual information provided in the title, only ‘Žehra’. This means one must already be familiar either with Roma customs or with specific central European geography to identify the content instantly. Furthermore, whilst Koudelka’s series in its entirety gives particular insight into the lives of the Roma, this image does so via universal themes; masculinity among young boys and competitiveness among children are common in many societies. It becomes apparent that we are all human, connected in various stages of life and therefore able to recognise parts of ourselves in others, regardless of our differences. Those who give Koudelka’s image enough contemplation will arrive at a similar point of empathy to that which Cohen’s photographs inspire.

A group of 12 photographs by Mark Cohen were recently acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum with the generous support of the Photographs Acquisitions Group. They are available to view in the Prints and Drawings Study room. Follow this link for more information on visiting the Study Room.

 

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10 Free Photography Resource Websites For Personal & Client Projects

This week I’ve prepared a list of  websites that provide free photos registered under the Creative Commons license. There are a lot of big websites which serve as go-to resources for online publishers and designers, but there are also other sites which are not so well known yet are treasure troves of great-looking photos.

Royalty-Free Stock Photos For Commercial Use

It’s true. You can use the photos from these websites for commercial purposes and repurpose them in any way without crediting the author. Hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.

Realistic Shots

Finding good photos with a free license for personal and commercial use is hard. But let’s face it, the chances of finding great free images that actually look realistic are close to none. Or are they?

Realistic Shots

Henry Reyes, head of Commit 2 Desing and the guy behind Realistic Shots, has put up a collection of some of the most authentically looking pics on the Web. Now, you don’t have to agree on dull, brushed out images with layered with unnatural filters. Just head to Reyes’ website and browse through the abundance of free imagery with crisp, genuine look.

Grab some free photos here.

Photo Pin

Have you ever dreamed of being able to search through all the Creative Commons images without having to browse multiple websites to find what you want?

PhotoPin

We have some good news for you! Photo Pin makes all of this possible and more. It allows users to easily select photos and share them in their blogs. Photo Pin is a website for all creatives and designers who wish to find images with an open license and quickly use them anywhere. The site allows users to choose from multiple image sizes and provides author credits, neatly distributed in HTML.

Grab some free photos here.

Foodies Feed

Finding mouth-watering images of meals, desserts, salads and grilled food is now a lot easier with the help of Foodies Feed.

Foodies Feed

If you have a hard time discovering food imagery with a free license, Foodies Feed is the right place. Subscribe to the site’s newsletter to get your weekly dose of food photos and browse through over 900 pics of veggies, baking goods, meat, fish and lots more.

Grab some free photos here.

IM Free

Check out one of the web’s top curated collections of free imagery.

IM Free

The photos published in IM Free are aimed at web developers who are searching for quality images for commercial use. This website is a one-stop shop for users who wish to find images licensed under the Creative Commons which can be used for all kinds of web projects.

Grab some free photos here.

The Stocks

Another gem in the free stock photography sphere.

The Stocks

What The Stocks does is collecting some of the web’s best free images and putting them in all in one place. The photo gallery is divided into over twenty sections, each representing the specific website from which the photos have been taken.

Grab some free photos here.

Pond 5 ( Public Domain )

While most of the photos in Pond 5 have a paid license, there is a Public Domain section on the site that features some great images which can be used absolutely anywhere on print and web projects for free.

Pond5

This premier library of royalty free imagery features a gorgeous collection of vintage photography taken straight from your grandparents’ attic. On the serious side, the images have high definition.

Grab some free photos here.

Creativevix

Searching for realistic travel photography that has a crisp and natural style?

CreativeVix

CreativeVix is a really small library that features photos from various locations. The free photo gallery is quite modest in size but features some great images that are worth the visit.

Grab some free photos here.

Libre Shot

Libre Shot is appealing thanks to its set of natural-looking photos that features everyday objects and landscapes.

Libre Shot

Martin Vorel, the guy that created Libre Shot, encourages everybody to use his photography in their projects without worrying about copyright restrictions. He aims to make Libre Shot an even better place for free photography, so don’t hesitate to drop him a line if you have any ideas or suggestions.

Grab some free photos here.

Gratisography

This website features the wonderful photography of Ryan McGuire and is one of the many amazing projects of Belle Designs.

Gratisography

Gratisography features a set free, high-resolution pictures that can be used for personal and commercial use. The owner adds new photos each week, so stay tuned for new additions.

Grab some free photos here.

RaumRot

This lovely free photo site is created by Markus Spiske, a professional photographer from Germany.

RaumRot

Also known as the authentic photo provider, RaumRot will amaze you with a beautiful collection of imagery that aims at realism and uncoined appearance. The site offers 24 image categories and counting and features all kinds of photos

Grab some free photos here.

Kaboom Pics

If you’re a designer or creative who’s in need od some high definition, free photography, you need to check out this huge library.

KaboomPics

Kaboom Pics updates its gallery daily and adds a new set of images to satisfy even the pickiest designer. Browse through over 170 pages of royalty-free stock photography registered under the Creative Commons license and use them for you personal or commercial projects.

Grab some free photos here.

Also check out 28 Personal Portfolio Websites using Portraits and Background Photos

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New Open Call: Goethe V&A Photography Residency

We are delighted to announce that we have just issued an open call for a residency in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London. This residency is the inaugural residency of a newly established long-term cooperation between the Goethe-Institut London and the V&A.

Information for applicants: Goethe V&A Photography Residency

Open to mid-career and established artists working with photography residing in Germany (irrespective of nationality) and to German artists working with photography based outside of the UK

Residency period: 4 April 2016 to 30 September 2016

Deadline for applications – Midnight London time, 30 December 2015

Interview date – 11 January 2016 between 10 am and 5 pm London time (via Skype)

Bursary: £10,800 for six months (subject to tax and national insurance)

One standard return flight to London and visa costs for the resident artist (and partner/family where applicable)

Accommodation in the Goethe-Institut London’s 2 bedroom [ca. 100sqm] apartment in South Kensington London.

Monthly travel card for the duration of the residency

An additional budget of £1,500 for materials needed for production of any public facing activities or displays.

To read the full open call and to apply to this residency: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/jobs/apply/.

 This residency is organised by the Goethe-Institut London and the V&A.

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Stunning Nature Photography in Website Design

Mother Nature provides beauty every day in almost every part of the world. Perhaps it was a beautiful sunrise this morning where you live, or maybe you watched an ant carrying a leaf 10 times its own size. Relatively few of us are lucky enough to be able to look out of the window and see a sweeping coastline, an amazing mountain range, a jaw-dropping waterfall or a meandering river.

That is why we are fortunate that photography was invented – to bring these wonders of the world into our homes visually. It is a delight when we land on a website with nature images, and here is a selection of some of those sites.

The Beauty of Nature in Web Design

Let’s Travel Somewhere

This site is dedicated to bringing the beauty of the world in photography, collected in one place. The brain-child of Nisa Maier, she says she wants ‘to capture the essence of every country on the planet through stunning photographs and gripping stories.’ User are invited to contribute to this site.

Let's Trave lSomewhere

Kassandra Bay

Kassandra Bay Resort and Spa is located on the Greek island of Skiathos. A stunning coastline on the Aegean Sea greets you when you land on this page.

Kassandra Bay

Pixel Bytes

This agency use an animated night-sky image of lightning over a mountain range. A stunning effect.

Pixel Bytes

Region Wasserfallen

This is the official tourist site for the Wasserfallen region of Switzerland. They have a slideshow of 3 images of their region on the landing page.

Region Wasserfallen

Montigo Resorts

A stunningly beautiful coastline is captured in this full screen image on the Montigo Resorts home page. Really makes you want to visit!

Montigo Resorts

Ghost Recon

This site is promoting a video game – Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, and the military men are photographed atop a stunning mountain range, taken from above.

Ghost Recon

Forty Spotted Gin

This Tasmanian gin manufacturer uses an animated waterfall image to imply the fresh and thirst-quenching properties of their drink.

Forty Spotted Gin

Lake County

The Lake County official site has some stunning images throughout, but the predominant attraction is California’s largest freshwater lake.

Lake County

Massy Vins

This Swiss vintner uses a stunning photograph of the vineyard area.

Massy Vins

Tripaya

This vacation booking site uses an aerial photograph of a stunning coastline.

Tripaya

Cat Cay

Cat Cay is a private island and yacht club in the Bahamas. They use this aerial photograph of the island for the main image on their site, and it doubles up as a navigational menu with icons dotted around it.

Cat Cay

Uni Sapon

A most beautiful image of a sunlit forest greets you when you land on this page.

Uni Sapon

Kyle Thacker

Kyle Thacker is a designer from Vancouver, and I am guessing this beautiful monochrome image of a mountain range is one of those that can be seen from Vancouver.

Kyle Thacker

Sunnhordland

Sunnhordland is a district in Norway, and it is well known that the Norwegians enjoy amazingly beautiful scenery – and on this site we get to share some of it.

Sunnhordland

Chris Diamond Architect

Is somehow seems strange to see a slideshow of beautiful nature images (presumably taken in Australia) for an architect’s site, but that is exactly what you will find on this one.

Chris Diamond Architect

Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino is a development in the Messinia region of Greece, incorporating luxury hotels, golf courses and private residences, among other facilities.

Costa Navarino

IUQO

This site uses animated real clouds on their hompage – you feel as if you are flying through them, and it can be a bit much if you stay on this page too long!

IUQO

Pixel Pink Design

This German design agency use a very pastel shades photograph of fluffly clouds, with the tagline ‘Don’t underestimate simplicity’.

Pixel Pink Design

Into The Vineyard

The amazingly beautiful photograph used on this landing page needs absolutely no introduction – simply stunning.

Into The Vinyard

Massis Tea

Similar to the above example, this English tea blending company use an amazing landscape photograph to greet you when you arrive on their site.

Massis Tea

Conclusion

Nature photography has always been popular for wallpapers, screensavers, etc., and the trend of full screen background images has seen them become more and more popular in website design for topics that have not much to do with nature as well as those that do.

Have you used nature photography in any of your projects? Would you consider using a nature-inspired full screen image for a design that is not related to nature? Please share you thoughts and links with us in the section below.


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Colour Photography

Guest blogger Nigel Wilson

This three day course focused on the power of colour in photography.

Each day the students were set a practical assignment which required them to re-assess their approach to colour in their work. By definition, we also explored where black & white was an appropriate choice.

Project 1 saw the students head out onto the busy Kensington streets, inspired by a quote from the legendary street photographer, Garry Winogrand:

If you look closely enough, it is possible to take an interesting photograph of anything.”

On the second day, they had to demonstrate their understanding of the colour wheel and the concepts of ‘complimentary’ and ‘harmonious’ colours.

Finally, the most challenging project of all – Present a series of images, some that are suited to colour and others in black and white.

The course had a strong emphasis of learning from the great colour practitioners such as Alec Soth, Fred Herzog, Martin Parr and the greatest pioneer of all – William Eggleston.

A huge thrill for the class (and myself!) was access to the V&A prints and drawing study room http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/links/study-rooms/ where we saw original Eggleston prints – a very powerful experience.

GROUP SHOT

The class did extremely well. As with all courses that I teach, I wanted students to push boundaries and break out of their comfort zones. They all responded to the challenge magnificently. The images below are a clear testament to that.

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© Jess Cooke

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© Pauline Grainger

‘Colour Photography’ took place at the V&A on 3 September 2015 – Sat 5 September 2015 and was led by photographer Nigel Wilson http://www.photographycourses.org.uk/

Keep an eye out for upcoming V&A practical photography courses, all of which are listed on the V&A What’s On calendar http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Louder Than Words: Custom Photography in Website Design

Images speak louder than words, and when it comes to custom photography, it simply screams out. Made-to-order snapshots manage to shift the principal focus on visuals in a fraction of a second. The produced effect from utilization of stock images is not nearly as good as from implementing professionally performed photo shots that perfectly reflect a concept, push forward an idea, uniquely personify the project, create an appropriate atmosphere and sharpen the sense of individuality. Of course, this option is not available for everyone since it is financially costly and time-consuming, however with such an enormous potential it is worth every penny. Let’s take a look at our 20 hand-picked examples of the terrific website designs featuring custom photography.

Custom Photography in Web Design

Oxitalia

Oxitalia breaks the mold of traditional landing pages with its spectacular photo background that instantly strikes the eye. An intriguing canvas provides a sharp contrast to the content, making every element, even a tiny hamburger button, stand out.

Oxitalia

Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque conveys rustic and sophisticated general feelings that are primarily accomplished through a matchless photo background. Here an exquisite and refined badge style logo with its delicate typography elegantly marks the heart of the page as well as gives the front page an exquisite retro touch.

Belle Epoque

Brian Hoff Design

Smile for the camera! The home page establishes a positive and buoyant atmosphere, effortlessly evoking a cheerful, joyful and playful mood. The image with a human touch sets the tone, brightens the first impression and lightens general feeling on the website.

Brian Hoff Design

Pascal at The Old Vicarage

Pascal at The Old Vicarage features a mouth-watering close-up image of the delicious dish that gives an edge to the appetite in a flash. Here a delicate, sharp typography, nifty ghost buttons, line style graphics nicely complement the photo background.

Pascal at The Old Vicarage

Danne Olsson

The personal portfolio of Danne Olsson delivers a warm experience, thanks to a spectacular photo background, although the image depicts a cold winter scene. The artist skillfully plays with the light and primary coloring, recreating a really magnificent appearance that is supported by subtle and slightly ornate line typography.

Danne Olsson

U Pana Fotografa

This online portfolio is personified by a series of picturesque, professional photo shots that expose the photographer in the best possible light. The front page owes its impressive look to a perfect contrast between background and foreground as well as an optimal balance of content and visuals. Combination of contour graphics and solid type also reinforce the aesthetics.

U Pana Fotografa

Haiti Ever After

The front page of Haiti Ever After showcases an incredible photo shot that immediately gives a glimpse of the richness of Haiti. The website includes several dramatic pictures that uncover the inner world of the island. Here custom photography is a fundamental element without which this personal project would not be able to properly to reflect an intensity of emotions and feelings.

Haiti Ever After

Camp David Film

The website pulls its identity from a series of magnificent custom photos that add extra flair to the home page. The slightly darkened images naturally provide foreground items with a firm base. What’s more, the solution effectively underlines the elegant circular logo, tiny navbar, drop-down menu with categories and a small controller.

Camp David Film

Welspun India

The company tries to speak through its visuals, to be more precise, through the photo background of the “welcome” section. The close-up image featuring the high-quality balls of wool enables the website to deliver an impression of the top-notch textile company with a particular attention to its materials.

Welspun India

Regenerate Music Co

The website is charged with powerful emotions and a powerful music vibe thanks to several vivid and juicy photos. Soft coloring teamed up with ornate and sharp typography significantly strengthen the whole impact.

Regenerate Music Co

The Purty Life

The designer has done an excellent job of endowing the website with a splendid and matchless appearance that exudes a stately image of naturalness and purity. Here the photo background takes top priority, significantly contributing to the theme.

The Purty Life

Sylvain Weiss

An enigmatic, darkened photo background sets the content from the home page beautifully, giving the logo and tagline a dominant position. An intriguing close-up photo of a bike manages to add a touch of urbanism with an ease, arousing curiosity in users.

Sylvain Weiss

Booking

Booking is a popular website for finding and booking rooms in hotels around the world. Here a bunch of breathtaking and remarkable photos fit like a glove. They enrich the landing page significantly as well as enhance the whole project.

Booking

Earls

Earls establishes transparent relationships with its potential customers with the help of the pleasant image that reveals the team of chefs. Here the custom photography naturally offers users to visit the inner world hidden behind the kitchen door. Open, friendly faces that are staring at you through the monitor screen – is what you need for your restaurant website.

Earls

Peetapan

Peetapan is a stylish and beautiful wedding website that boasts of a gorgeous matching coloring, gentle and smooth typography, plenty of subtle decor elements, and of course, of a bunch of fantastic photo backgrounds. Here, custom photography, like nothing else, is capable of reflecting a passionate and tender atmosphere surrounding the couple in love.

Peetapan

Emil Wallner

Emil Wallner has a brilliant and first-rate minimalistic personal portfolio that gets the feel of professionalism and competency from its pictorial and startling black and white photo background. The self-portrait heightens the overall impression and adds a touch of personality.

Emil Wallner

Noura

Noura is another restaurant-related website in our collection that looks extremely appetizing. The team opts in favor of professionally executed photos of famous dishes since they easily give the front page a savory appearance.

Noura

Benziger

The front page exhibits an incredible vastness of fields and forests that evoke positive emotions. The scenic image charms with its picturesque and pure appearance, providing the website with a powerful natural vibe as well as bolstering the brand significantly.

Benziger

Lester Hotels

Visit the hotel without leaving your room. The website offers a kind of virtual journey through the hotel realized through a series of excellent images. Here custom photography steals the show.

Lester Hotels

Life Utah Elevated

The website features 6 intriguing stories supported by marvelous and scenic images of winter landscapes. Each custom photo showily promotes the ski resort.

Life Utah Elevated

Conclusion

An effect of custom photography will not immediately wear off. It will remain well fixed in the mind, excite the imagination, give a spur to inspiration and boost creativity.


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