Photography Tip Thursday # 7 ~ Alternative Landscapes

Welcome to another Photography Tip Thursday!!! Oh and by the way happy Friday!!! (I may have to rethink the title of this series and go with Photography Tip Friday!!)

In this week's class we discussed another photography art form, that of Alternative Landscape photography. In this form the photographer creates a seamlessly artificial scene by manipulating photographic materials either by cutting and pasting photos together or by manipulating images during the processing of a photograph. This process is referred to as photomontage.

Look at the two photos below...the first is a photograph of a realistic landscape.

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In this second photo the photographer has added in other photographs in such a way that the landscape appears completely real.

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With the advent of digital photography, this photography f.orm is created not in the processing of images but in post photographic image-editing software like Photoshop. Today this technique is referred to by professionals as "compositing".

Here is another example of Alternative Landscape photography. In this photograph the photographer depicts what an iceberg may look like under water if it were possible to view it from a cross-section perspective. I think this is pretty cool. 

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Taking 2 or more images and melding them together is the basic idea of Alternative Landscape photography.

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My assignment for this photographic form is to shoot 20 images and then using a minimum of three of those images, I have to create my own photomontage. I have 3 weeks to complete this assignment. Right now I am still working on my Straight Photography project so I have a lot of picture taking to do in the coming weeks!

Next week I will share with you my 5 Straight Photography photographs which I will submit for my assignment. And just to update you...I got my mid-term test back and I got a 100% on it!!!  I was very happy with my grade because the test was not exactly easy.

Have a great week!!!


  1. Hi Barbara: Congrats on your test results. The photography is interesting but looks hard to do (from my perspective anyway) but you will nail it. Good luck and look forward to seeing the finished project..Happy Friday, Judy

  2. Hi Barbara,
    I love any photography tips I can get! Thanks! I have tagged you on my blog - you might want to check it out REAL soon! Have a great Saturday!

  3. Your photo posts are so motivating. I have a summer birthday and you are making me want to upgrade to a better and more versatile camera for sure.
    Thanks for your glowing words tonight on BeColorful. I love having you stop by and I'm excited when I see that you have shared a link.

  4. This is a great post. I am really bad at remembering to pin articles I liked or were helpful but I do have a board started...


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