Some of the images from the American West have been surreal during the massive forest fires happening this summer. I have seen a few too many posts in social media talking about how those are fake images so I thought I would do a quick video to show how that happens. And while I do use Photoshop to explain the reason, the science behind the effect is the cause. In short, the smoke is so thick that the shorter wavelengths of light are blocked up causing only the longer red, yellow, and orange spectrum through. The result is an otherworldly experience. A little color theory and a little science and you get red skies.
One of my favorite exercises I use to teach photography and learn about my own work is called the interview project. This process involves you doing enough research about a photographer you are inspired by or want to learn from and then create a set of 10 to 20 interview questions that you would want to use to interview them. In some cases, you might be lucky and be able to use those questions to interview the photographer. Still, sometimes they might no longer be alive. Either way, part of the process is to answer those questions as if you were the photographer. This will help you get some insights into how you might approach the work. You then use those same questions, slightly modified to fit your work, and then interview yourself.
The podcast this week walks you through the process and so possible insights you might be able to get with a simple little exercise that gives you big rewards in understanding your own process and work.