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Lesson 42 from: Capturing Story in Portrait Photography

Kelly Brown

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42. Image Impact

Creating an impact is essential to winning a photography competition and getting the judges attention. In this lesson, Kelly shares tips for making an impact on the judges.

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Class Introduction

14:28
2

The Power of Portrait Photography

06:52
3

Introduction to Newborn Portrait

08:30
4

Find Inspiration for Newborn Portrait

11:09
5

Create The Scene for Newborn Portrait

05:58
6

Prepare & Pose Newborn for Portrait

18:03
7

Shoot: Techniques for Photographing Newborn

08:58
8

Newborn Image Review

08:57
9

Introduction & Find Inspiration For Child Portrait

13:03
10

Create The Scene for Child Portrait

05:17
11

Prepare Set for Child Portrait

05:48
12

Shoot: Capture Child Portrait

11:40
13

Image Review for Child Portrait

11:45
14

Introduction & Inspiration For Teenager Portrait

09:05
15

Create The Scene for Teenager Portrait

06:15
16

Building Set for Teenager Portrait

14:01
17

Shoot: Portrait with Teenager

10:43
18

Shoot: Pose Teenager for Multiple Looks

14:23
19

Image Review for Teenage Portrait

08:11
20

Introduction & Inspiration For Adult Portrait

11:31
21

Creating The Scene for Adult Portrait

06:25
22

Lighting for Adult Portrait

04:51
23

Tell Your Subject's Story

04:38
24

Shoot: Lighting for Double Exposure

16:22
25

Introduction to Senior Portrait

08:39
26

Create Storyboard & The Scene For Senior Portrait

10:26
27

Connect With Client to Create Portrait

16:06
28

Shoot: Lighting for Senior Portrait

08:10
29

Shoot: Be Creative on Set

15:09
30

Image Review for Senior Portrait

14:23
31

Portrait Shoots Recap

04:08
32

Global Adjustments in Camera Raw®

05:37
33

Editing In Photoshop® CC: New Born Portrait

24:41
34

Editing In Photoshop® CC: Child Portrait

15:35
35

Editing In Photoshop® CC: Adult Portrait

11:32
36

Editing In Photoshop® CC: Teenager Portrait

11:28
37

Editing In Photoshop® CC: Senior Portrait

13:46
38

Introduction to Entering Print Competitions

02:14
39

Process of Print Competitions

06:17
40

What to Consider For Print Competitions

17:00
41

What Judges Look For Overview

07:14
42

Image Impact

03:42
43

Creativity, Style & Composition in Images

14:04
44

Entering Photography Competitions Q&A

22:50
45

Image Lighting

05:43
46

Image Color Balance

03:56
47

Technical Excellence in Images

07:56
48

Photographic Technique

10:15
49

Storytelling & Subject Matter

09:28

Lesson Info

Image Impact

If we talk a little bit about impact. This particular image has impact because it's not something that you would look at everyday. You wouldn't come across a fella like that. This is a single capture image. It took us a day to hang all of those knives by fishing line. It's in a single capture category. When you enter a print competition there are multiple categories under portrait, under illustrative, under wedding, all of those different categories. Inside those categories they will each have rules of what you can and can't enter. Under the portrait category which is what I love to enter, they've gotta be single capture so you submit the raw file. When you challenge a judge with an image like this, with this level of impact, they're gonna get up out of their chair. They're gonna go up and they're gonna look at it. A lot of what's going on down here, from back there you see this first. Then when you come in close and you look at an image like that upfront, you start to see the light, t...

he detail, the expression, the mood, you start to see scars, you start to see so many other elements. So, when a judge judges that, they're challenged. It doesn't have to be a beautiful photograph, it's just gotta have impact to challenge someone and tell a story. And you know what? That's the type of image that you could come up with your own story. So that impact is extremely is important, it has to make people wanna get up out of their chair. I was at a competition in Australia. One of the judges, my image had scored a at a previous competition, at a state level. And, I entered it at a national level. One of the judges didn't even get out of his seat. In the background of the photograph, and it's gonna come up later in my slideshow, there's words, very, very subtle words. And it was a letter written by the baby's father. He didn't get up out of his chair because what he saw from back there was a baby and a prop. And so, afterwards I said to him, that was my image, you didn't get out of your chair. 'Cause when you enter no one knows that's your photograph. And he said yeah, he said, it didn't make me get out of my chair. I said but you missed one of the elements. And he said, well perhaps it should have had a little bit more impact to make me get out of that chair. So that image scored a very different score there than what it originally did when judges got up. Every judging panel is different and that's what we gotta remember. Wherever you are entering a competition, even though you've got experienced trained judges, depending on who's on your panel you could receive a completely different score to a previous panel. I have a friend of mine who entered a competition in the United States, entered in Australia, received a gold award in the United States and received a 70 in Australia, for that same image, same print. It just depends on, it can be luck (laughs). A lot of it can be luck. It just depends on all of the different elements we're gonna talk about, including impact, that makes the judges get up out of their chair and go yeah, I'm gonna challenge this, I'm gonna talk this up, I really wanna talk about this image. When you start to get judges talking, that's when you know you've challenged them and you've created that impact.

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Ratings and Reviews

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Among a sea of wonderful teachers here at CL, Kelly is the cream of the crop. All of her classes are outstanding and this one is no exception. Amazing teacher. Amazing class. Amazing education. If you are hoping to stretch yourself to create deeper more meaningful stories in your images, or are feeling the pull of print competition but need some direction, this is definitely the class for you. Thank you Kelly!

Melissa Soto
 

Kelly Brown is a true inspiration. She has been my idol in this industry since I began. This class was amazing. I love how honest, authentic and genuine she was. But most importantly I loved her wise direction and teaching style. Kelly brown thank you for this gem. You helped light a fire in me. I’m so excited to start telling amazing stories with the skills I have learned from this class.

Marjorie Stevenson
 

Just loving this class! Kelly is one of my favorite instructors. She is very good at articulating her ideas and carrying them to an absolutely wonderful end product. Her images are always stunning. I love that she always puts safety first with her models. Thank you Kelly for sharing your creative visions with us.

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