On Letting Your Sense Of Style Go Wild

On Letting Your Sense Of Style Go Wild

By |2012-03-02T12:31:24+00:00Mar 2nd, 2012|

I don’t care how you decide to label it:

-random selections
-happy accidents
-divine inspiration
-precise vision

Whatever the label, I think that having fun with how you stylize your images is one of the best ways to develop your own taste, your own brand, and your own look. Iteration after iteration, as you try something and decide whether it works for you or not, you begin honing that special something that makes your shot yours.

Obviously, it all starts with taking a good and compelling photo. Don’t walk down that path where you start relying on stylization as a crutch to salvage a shoddy image. Growth as a photographer is a lifelong commitment to take part of a delicate juggling act – learning your hardware, learning your software, learning how to saturate both with your imagination and your creativity.

In terms of processing
The processing is the real crux of this post, after all. I took the image several years ago while walking around NYC. It is a tone-mapped HDR image using Photomatix.

Stylization was applied intentionally with the movie, Blade Runner, in mind. I used one of our legacy products, PhotoTools 2.6 by +onOne Software to achieve this look. It was a combination of Blue Dawn Leonidas, Urban Sickness, and Just Enough Darkness.

In the case of this image, the use of these effects was surgical. I knew exactly what I wanted to get and which effects would get me there. Other times, it’s a totally random and exciting journey. However, as I stumble onto these happy accidents, I begin to take mental notes as to what appeals to me and what doesn’t.

And all of this is what serves directly in helping me create a distinct look.

In album Pic Picks Over The Years (1 photo)

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  1. Mihailo Radi?evi? March 2, 2012 at 10:10 am - Reply


  2. Jeff Hill March 2, 2012 at 10:12 am - Reply

    this is blowin my friggin mind, great work

  3. Ramon Nuez March 2, 2012 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Very nice!

  4. Tony Akers March 2, 2012 at 10:14 am - Reply

    This is really good stuff. The colors are pure eye candy, and I thank you for sharing.

  5. Vincent McMillen March 2, 2012 at 10:14 am - Reply

    damn great image +Brian Matiash. Been following you since joining g+ and I make sure I see your page frequently. Your comments before each image is a blast to read – very informative, useful, and funny. Cheers!

  6. Mike Tully March 2, 2012 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Great image and commentary!

  7. Andreas Kaspar March 2, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Wonderful capture.

  8. Michael Riffle March 2, 2012 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Brilliant processing and wonderful post. Great inspiration here, man.

  9. Brian Matiash March 2, 2012 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, everyone! This was an old favorite of mine for a long time.

  10. Denis Williams March 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    love the colors very nice. The crop is nice the sign looks like a cross, giving hope to the viewer. awesome!

  11. Scott Jarvie March 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    awesome look!

  12. Richard March 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Whoa… that’s a really nice one. I just love the treatment on that!

  13. Alexis Coram March 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Love this. the colors are bomb, and the clouds are super cool!

  14. Nate Parker March 3, 2012 at 5:45 am - Reply

    movie videogame cinematics!

  15. Nate Parker March 3, 2012 at 5:45 am - Reply

    movie videogame cinematics!

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