Photography Tip : Creating a Dragan Effect


In Bangkok, in the slick and shady streets of Khaosan Road, I came across the man below. He had a sly grin, the look of a man who has seen the world, and the decor of a man who still wants to see more. I did click him, because he was irresistible, but I knew something was missing.

Bangkok, Thailand

Practising the Dragan effect in Bangkok

Hence, the Dragan effect.

I have been trying to play around with the Dragan effect for a while now. But nobody I clicked looked primed for this style of edit. For those who are not aware of the Dragan-style, Andrzej Dragan is a Polish photographer who is famous for his method of photo-editing which adds a surreal, dynamic, almost-apocalyptic effect to all his portraits. And for years, simpletons around the world, me included, have been trying to achieve a similar look in their portraits.

When I started working on this the man from Khaosan, I had to get rid of the surrealism, because that just did not fit in with my style. But the dynamism could be added to a portrait using some simple techniques on photoshop.

While there are many tutorials about this online, I find this link from Designstacks the best for achieving the Dragan effect. And the simplest.

Or if you would prefer to have a video tutorial, check this out

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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