Theodore Kefalopoulos is a fine art landscape photographer based in Alexandria, Greece. He’s developed his own unique style, and uses Exposure to help realize his vision. We connected with him to discuss how and why he uses Exposure as the central creative app in his post processing workflow. From start to finish, he creates his photos with artistic intent, which he explains in the article below.
Why depart from the traditional method for landscape photography?
I take photos for the art of it rather than for documentation. In my case, a scene, even an ordinary one needs to be captured in an inspiring or provocative way. I develop a personal connection with the scenes I shoot, which is something that you don’t see with typical destination landscape photographs.
I don’t have much interest in traditional landscape photography because of that lack of artistic intimacy with the scene. I don’t want to make something that I have already seen; I’m after making images that are fundamentally different. Classic landscape shots are beautiful, but the style doesn’t connect with me completely. So I do things differently. I combine long exposure, or intentional camera movement with cinematic composition and framing. Sometimes, I shoot with unconventional lenses, such as Lensbaby optics, or I will use other tools and means to turn a plain landscape into a personal narrative.
My unique vision cannot be turned to a complete image without the right processing tools after the shot. I find Exposure to be an expression tool and since using the app I’ve turned almost completely to B&W artworks. I feel more confident about this type of artwork as the editing options are numerous and well thought out.
Where does Exposure fit into your editing workflow?
It’s the main image processing application that I use. I use Photoshop for basic corrections and image adjustments but Exposure is what I use for all the creative work. I’ve used other B&W conversion software but Exposure gives my photos mystery and mood that I can’t get anywhere else.
In addition, it has a very intuitive workflow. There are lots of editing options and I’m always confident about the outcome. What I find especially well implemented in this app is the creative use of vignettes, selective color editing adjustments, overlays, editing brushes, and high quality tone curve control.