How to Shoot Like a Pictorialist with the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens

2017-07-23

New to your Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens and don't know where to begin? Say no more, we introduce you to the old art of Pictorialism -- a photographic movement that pioneered the camera as a medium of art.

Go soft

Compared to the sharp-focused, modernist photography we've all gotten used to, Pictorialism is all about softness. Note that soft-focus does not mean you are out of focus. The Achromat lens is built for soft-focused photography for the highest quality, so you don't have to worry mimicking the washed out effects and losing sharpness. The Achromat is capable of razor-sharp images, but why even bother if you can make the most out of this dreamy lens?

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Experiment with spherical aberrations

What makes the Achromat lens so sophisticated is when paired with its Waterhouse Aperture lens, you'll be getting unique shapes and compositions from foreground to background. Use the Lumière Aperture Plates for glowing-light-from-the-night effects; the Aquarelle Aperture Plates if you prefer brush stroke-shaped aberrations, reminiscent of 19th-century artworks.

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Treat portrait photography like paintings

In vintage portraiture, you'll notice how portrait photographs look like Renaissance paintings -- that's because many photographers were learnt painters who made the transition from canvas to frame. They treated their subjects as if they were painting masterpieces -- knowing when to go between sharp and soft, building up the fantasy-like aesthetics. The Achromat's 64mm focal length and aperture system from f/2.9 to f/16 acts as your paintbrush with its wide options. Switch between the dials and don't be afraid to experiment.

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Apply everything altogether

And how to be a true blue Pictorialist? Modernize Pictorialism by using all these techniques. Good painters consider all elements of the composition -- from lighting, distance, to stances. The manual art lens liberalizes you from the rigid, perfect-stock photography that is rampant nowadays by adding textures to your images. Inherently soft, paired with aperture plates and artistic know-how, you and the Achromat lens will be long-time buddies exploring the three-cornered world.

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written by lomographymagazine on 2017-07-23 #gear #tutorials #portraiture #pictorialism #daguerreotype-achromat-2-9-64-art-lens

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