Some photos look like paintings. Not because they have some dreadful filter or effect applied, but because their use of light and composition is ethereal. In this video, Vinny Le Pes breaks down what is happening in these incredible images.
While I think a lot of the theory going in to photography teachings is superfluous and sometimes tenuous, great images with that painterly quality usually share similarities. These similarities are invariably rules of composition and light seen in traditional art predating the camera, and so it's worth learning how you can apply them to your own work.
Vinny Le Pes is a creative with a diverse interest in the arts, however his channel was brought to my attention through YouTube's recommended viewing with the above video. A quick search of Fstoppers shows we've featured him twice before a few years ago, interestingly on the same topic as I am today: painterly photography. In fact, he has a whole playlist dedicated to the discussion and some painterly photographers you should follow.
This is an interesting video as part of a larger discussion on the topic and an area I feel I need to be more knowledgeable in. Vinny Le Pes's YouTube channel is still small — despite its great content — so if like me you enjoyed what you saw, subscribe to him and throw a like on the video.
Which painterly photography techniques do you employ in your work? Are there any painterly photographers you would recommend?