If you want to take amazing photographs, you can learn a lot by studying pictures from other photographers. Ofcourse this is only my personal top 10, but I know for sure that you can learn a lot from them. The list below includes some of my personal top 10 photographers from who I have learned a lot, take some time and use your eyes to analyse why some photos are remarkably well taken.
1) Julien Roumagnac
His way of photography is one of a kind. Julien knows how to emphasize drama with the use of his wide angled lens combined with his amazing editing skills. Although he hasn’t uploaded anything lately, I still scroll through his portfolio a lot. As I said before, you can learn a lot by only using your eyes and ask yourself the question what is good about the photo. Some keywords that describe his way of photography perfectly are: dramatic, mystic & urbex.
Photo Copyright by Julien Roumagnac
2) Max Rive
Just like his grandfather, he has always been passioned about mountains. When he was 5 years old he was already fascinated by the 100 meter high hills in his home country the Netherlands. A few years later he was the ‘’mountain guide’’ for his parents and brother in the Alps. For me he is the best landscape photographer I know off! The atmosphere in his photos are fenomenal and I recognize his work. A true inspiration!
Photo Copyright by Max Rive
3) Sven Fennema
Sven Fennema is one the most active Urban Exploration photographers I know. He takes photos from an abandoned Italian village as we speak, so that he likes decayed, forgotten and old buildings is pretty clear. His way of photography is really one of a kind. Strong contrasts, original compositions and dramatic scenes are always findable in his work. He also likes to take 360 degrees photos, which gives you a perfect view of all the decayed places in the world!
Photo Copyright by Sven Fennema
4) Bianca van der Werf
She was born in Den Haag, The Netherlands and studied Architectural Design at the Royal Academy of Arts. She has taken photos from all over the world, but one thing is quite clear, she has her own unique style.
From dramatic portraits to dark landscapes, she always knows how to catch the eye’s attention. “Are these photos real?” are questions you will ask yourself when looking at her photos.
Photo Copyright by Bianca van der Werf
5) Colin Homes
Colin Homes uses both digital and traditional film cameras, which you don’t hear very often these days. I call him “the master of long exposure” and when you see his work, you know why I call him so:-). He knows how to work with difficult landscapes very well, which is really hard because you need the right conditions. It is hard to control natural lighting. It seems like the traditional combined with the modern way of photography works pretty well!
Photo Copyright by Colin Homes
Mathieu Osenga, the creative mastermind behind Fotogravirus (creative name huh?!) is a friend of mine. He is a very nice guy and we have made a lot of Urbex trips together, good old memories! He taught me a lot. He takes his time when it comes to taking creative photos. Because of this you will always discover new fine details. The concept photos are one of a kind!
Hope to plan a new phototrip with him again in the near future.
Photo Copyright by Fotogravirus
7) Kim Høltermand
Kim Høltermand is an award winning, photographer focusing mainly on architecture and landscape. He works for many big clients/company’s and there is a reason for that. His work is one of a kind! He perfectly knows how to use lines. The keywords minimalism, stylish and modern describe his way of photography perfectly.
Photo Copyright by Kim Høltermand
Matthias is a series fascinated photographer based in Germany, Dresden. I know Matthias for a long time and he has always been a very active photographer and overall nice guy. I really like the way he takes portraits like in the photo below. The almost classical/painting way of taking photos is really catching the eye’s attention! Check out his portfolio.
Photo Copyright by Fatamanta
Roumagnac is the brother of Julien Roumagnac (1 in this top 10). Like his brother he has not uploaded new work lately, but his old work is still really good! His way of photography can be described as a nod to reality. A perfect example that good post treatment can emphasize drama. Like he says on his website: “As you probably have noticed, I give much importance to the shooting at post treatment. In the end, the picture is not necessarily a faithful representation of reality but rather my vision of the moment …“
Photo Copyright by Roumagnac
10) David Baker
I don’t know anything about the background of David, but that he can take photos is a fact! Seeing his work is almost like you stand in front of a painting, not knowing if it is real or not. I really like his “Sea Fever” series with only sea photos. Awesomeness!
Photo Copyright by David Baker