I Am King
My favourite big cat Iblis from the wonderful +Chester Zoo
an Asiatic male lion that never ceases to stun me into silence when I watch him. Sorry if you are fed with seeing his images but I can never get fed up photographing him.Lets Talk About This Technique
Its something I stumbled across when post editing another big cat image many years ago, a shot taken in everyday surroundings made to look as though it was done in a studio. At the time I didn't even know the style had a name, its Chiaroscuro and its been around in art for centuries. So no, its not something new and its not unique to me.
I have been asked many times about how I get it like this so I put a method up on my blog: http://mikefshaw.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/how-to-edit-ages-of-man.html
Once again, its just the way I do it, the technique is not mine.
But here's the rub, I have been told that I should not release this information as I am letting others do the same style, I even had someone ask me to take it down, when I asked him were he learnt the technique he said from the same source as the link above!!
There is no black book of secrets when it comes to photography, we learn from each other, I know I did, I looked at the work produced by my peers and studied the results they were getting, I went on to try and ask questions until I got it right. I did not though stop there, I think I managed to come up with a way of processing images that make them mine.
Knowing the techniques is the easy part, making end results that stand out as uniquely yours is the hard part, don't imitate, become different.