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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 6 of 50

Cae Study - Why Are Zebras Black and White Striped

 

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 6 of 50

Cae Study - Why Are Zebras Black and White Striped

 

Lesson Info

Cae Study - Why Are Zebras Black and White Striped

knowing your subject lets you get beneath the everyday surface of things. It helps you to see the deepest story, the more interesting story to show you what I mean. Let's go back to my opening question. Why a zebra is black and white striped when they live in a grassy savannah? Because really, on the surface of things, that makes no sense. Take a look at the top left corner of this image. Can you tell what part of a zebra that is unsure? And let me ask you a slightly different question. Would you be prepared to bet your life literally on what part of his ever that is? I'm guessing your answer is no, and that's house ever Camouflage works. Observe a herd of zebras and your notice. They rarely standstill. They're constantly moving. Now that movement causes the stripes to mingle emerged to the extent it's impossible for a lion to tell where one's ever starts. On another one ends. In other words, it cannot distinguish the attack point, and there is no lion in its right mind that will charg...

e into a herd of zebras unless it knows what it's aiming for because it will be killed or mortally wounded. Zebra striping is one of the most effective forms of camouflage in Africa. Now, on the surface, herd of zebras is simply that her two zebras. But the deepest story is camouflage. I'll let you decide which is the more interesting.

Class Description

WARNING: THIS COURSE CONTAINS ARTISTIC NUDITY

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Compose a shot consistently and effectively
  • Create artistic, powerful images quickly
  • Gain confidence in building narrative
  • Identify what stories you’re drawn to photograph
  • Brainstorm and develop concepts for creative shots
  • Trust your instincts when approaching a subject

ABOUT CHRIS' CLASS:

CreativeLive is partnering with Chris Weston to offer you his Complete Photography Master Course. This is the second class in the series.

Today, everybody has a camera, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s a photographer. Chris Weston will show you how to do all the other stuff – how to “see” an image, tap into your creativity, and compose a photograph that makes the subject look as good in print as it does in real life.

This class isn’t about cameras, it’s about you – the photographer. It will break free your creative mind, get you thinking about narrative rather than object, and show you how to apply simple artistic skills that turn that next click into a powerful photograph.

Learn how to approach photography like a pro and start creating great pictures straight away. With in-the-field lessons, case studies and powerful tips and techniques, you’ll quickly unleash your creativity and gain confidence in expressing yourself through your camera.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Beginner photographers
  • First time DSLR or mirrorless camera users
  • Any photographer who wants to hone their artistic skills

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Named one of the world's most influential wildlife photographers, Chris Weston takes a contemporary approach to photography. After launching his career in 2001, the Fujifilm ambassador's images have graced the pages of top publications like BBC, The Times, Outdoor Photography, Practical Photography, and Digital Photography. As a photography educator, Chris has written over 20 photography books, along with leading photo tours and online workshops.

Reviews

Silvia Garcia
 

Excellent ! Will see it many times to digest all the messages here. Important info on composition theory. Very well explained. Go to the essence of photography. Thanks, Chris !

a Creativelive Student
 

Absolute must to watch! Perhaps few times, as is packed with all the information you need to know to make your photography to the next level. I think it is the most comprehensive class on composition. Fantastic!

Glenda
 

fabulous course no matter how advanced you are.. LEarned so much from it. I'll watch it again as it contains so much.