Conceptual photography

Conceptual photography

Conceptual photography – shades of orange

Perth, Western Australia

20th February, 2018

Sony Alpha A6000 40 mm, f/14, 1/200s, ISO 500

About conceptual photography

Conceptual photography gives us a way to play with reality – to highlight dramatic effects by working on the colors and textures. This kind of photo technique is often used in advertising. The aim is to convey a clear message and concept. The photo becomes an artistic media. The reality is transformed. We actually speak of ‘false reality’ because the photographic material is turned into artwork. Abstract and creative, you can show other dimensions of your photo.

I enjoy working on conceptual photography because it lets me be creative. I can reinterpret the photo and gives it a new life.

If you are interested in conceptual photography, take a look at this article on wiki to learn more.

About my photo


I took the photo at sunset facing the sun. I wanted to work on back light. In other words, to make the trees look like black silhouettes on the sky. For that, I close the aperture (f/big number). It allows me to let less light enter into the camera. This way I can get more details on the sky. leave the trees in the shadow. Besides that. the depth of field gets increased when using a close aperture – the photo gains more perspective from the foreground to the background.

I put the camera in aperture priority because my subjects – trees and sky – were not moving. The shutter speed will then automatically defined by the camera. I got here an average shutter speed (between 1/100 and 1/800) by increasing a bit the ISO sensibility. Why? I couldn’t use a low shutter speed because the facing sun light was already bright enough. I also had no tripod this day. For these reasons, a low shutter speed would have made the photograph blurry. The camera without a tripod is not stable. Don’t forget that a low speed lets enter more light into the camera – you take the risk of overexposed the photo and make it blurry.

Tip : when you are in aperture priority, you can adjust the shutter speed by modifying the ISO sensibility. The higher the ISO are, the less the camera will need to get light from outside.But also the higher your ISO, the more noise you can get. Just find a good balance.


I wanted to show a back light and work on high contrasts. When I post edited the image, I put two layers. The first one is the sky. I increased the contrast and saturation. I enhanced the colors to make them brighter. The curves are adjusted to get even more details on the clouds. Selecting by colors, you can work on each color more accurately to get a nice balance between all of them.

The second layer is made of the trees and elements on the ground. I increased the contrasts of the little white light to make them vivid in comparison to the black silhouettes of the trees. Then, I increased the black levels of the trees and put more sharpness on their contours. The contrast is high n the whole layer.

The photo looks like a Californian sunset. The white lights match the white clouds in the sky. I aimed to detach well the elements on the colorful sky. It’s a smooth but yet powerful atmosphere.



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