The first ever Inspiration Station Tuesday! Ok, for starters I must really say that I tried to come up with a better name for the title- but it's really not about what it is called, rather, what it is about. So every Tuesday I am going to write a little about what, who, where, and sometimes why I get inspired. I'll try to keep it short and sweet and I hope you can get something out of it all. This week is about one of my favorite if not the favorite wedding photographers.
Jeff Newsom's work is mind blowing! It really makes you wonder "how in the hell did he do that". Most people think the obvious answer is some Photoshop or other form of image manipulation software. I can tell you from a first hand experience that what you see is all captured in camera with some adjustments (color correction, tone curve, split toning, detail, etc) made in Lightroom. No presets, no image manipulation, just straight up creativity and skill.
I was fortunate enough to go to one of Jeff's workshops in Dallas, TX. He discussed his process, workflow, and how he see's the world. We even made one of his famous "Gold Records" as you can see above. It was truly an eye opening experience for me as I had just begun working professionally and I believe it helped my vision as a photographer and artist grow immensely. Jeff is not afraid to experiment and push the boundaries of light and how the camera works. When I first started photography my favorite images where all black and white until I saw Jeff's work and just how amazingly beautiful his color images are. Thinking back through most of the work I have seen of his, I really can't recall many black and white images. He loves color and it shows. Jeff has inspired me to try and think outside of the box (way outside) and to experiment with my work. It may work, it may not, but you will never know until you try.
See more of Jeff's work on his blog Voltron of Awesomeness and try to find his "VA" watermark that he hides in every image. Most of all, prepare to be blown away with his work.