Ansel Adams is possibly the most recognizable name in photography. Most photographers claim he is the greatest landscape photographer in history. But what if you were shown his photos mixed into a group of other horrible photos? Would you still see the genius?
I've made some comments in the past about classic photographers that have always gotten me into trouble. Comments like: "Their work is good, especially for its time, but with current cameras, post-processing, and printing technology, their work wouldn't hold up today." Mike Kelley especially has given me endless grief for these comments, and I've always said that if he didn't know a famous photographer took the shot, he wouldn't think it was any good.
Well, we don't have to argue anymore, because I've put together a little experiment. In the video above, I grabbed eight Ansel Adams prints that have recently sold at auction, and I mixed them with seven random horrible selfies I grabbed off of Patrick and Mike's Facebook pages. I cloned them out of their own shots and made them black and white so that they would be extra "artistic."
Check out all of the images in the critique below. Can you guess which is which? Watch the entire video above to see Mike and Patrick melt down.
This video was sponsored by ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate. Also, every Fstoppers tutorial, including Mike's, is currently on sale.