Shooting Challenge: Thieve Colors From Famous Paintings

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What if you could see color like Renoir, Rembrandt, Matisse, Dalí or Picasso? What if you could "borrow" their talents, taking your own photo in their colors? Well, you can. And for this week's Shooting Challenge, you will.


The Challenge

Take a photo. Choose a famous work of art. Then map that work's colors to your own.

The Technique

For those who haven't tried it, this technique is RIDICULOUSLY EASY if you have Photoshop.

Open your photo. Open a famous painting. Select "Match Color." -> Detailed instructions here (if you need them).

I'm no GIMP specialist, but for those who use it, I came across this tutorial that seems to come close. Are there better plugins/techniques out there? Share them in the comments!


So, the post-processing couldn't be much simpler. This means that you can really push your creativity in the photo itself and promote a central theme. Make, not just a pretty picture, but a unique statement. You know, make a real work of art.

* For submitting your photos, just attach the finished result. Then link us the work of art you stole from along with, if you have it, your original photo hosted somewhere. *


The Example

Our lead photo is a sample from our tutorial over at Unfocused Brain. They have a larger version of that graphic worth checking out for inspiration. [via PetaPixel]


The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced (read more on that above).
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, Dec 5th at 8AM Eastern to with "Match" in the subject line. For submitting your photos, just attach the finished result. Then link us the work of art you stole from along with, if you have it, your original photo hosted somewhere. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameMatch.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameMatchWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

Mark Wilson is the founder of Philanthroper, a daily deal site for nonprofits.




Thieve colours, not faces!

I expect a hundred based on Escher's The Scream, and three hundred Warholesques, and five hundred Obama Yes We Can colour schemes.