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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 5 of 50

Finding Ideas For Photography - Know Your Subject

 

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 5 of 50

Finding Ideas For Photography - Know Your Subject

 

Lesson Info

Finding Ideas For Photography - Know Your Subject

We're storytellers with a camera. The question is where to find great ideas to photograph. I became a wildlife photographer because I'm fascinated by the extraordinary nous of nature exhibits. For example, why is that bruise black and white striped when they live in a yellow savannah? Is this fascination with questions that drives my passion? And I don't stop but questions? I also look for answers now this constant Q and A means I'm always learning. And the more I learn, the more I get ideas for my photography, the better you know your subject, the more you'll find ideas of how to photograph it. And here's the thing. The more you know that other people don't, the better your chances of creating images that are unique. Behind me is Roseberry topping. If a hill on the first glance has nothing particularly special about it. I tried photographing at once and came home empty handed, but a photographer friend of mine, Joe Cornish, has not only photographed, it is illustrated an entire book a...

bout it, which makes the question What can he see that I'm missing? I've been really lucky over the years to travel worldwide, Andi and see landscapes from the polar regions, from certainly sub tropics and desert regions and and so on on. I feel I've learned a huge amount from all of them, but I think that surely all of us probably identify with place. It's an extent based on our experience of childhood and time spent longer anywhere else. In my case, that would be here. I still enjoy the balance of traveling, but the passion that I have for the local area actually continues to grow as I get to know it better. The exploration process inevitably did revolve around the hill because it's the nearest feature to the village on what I realized was that although Roseberry itself is a kind of object of beauty on the horizon, it's it's no actually the topping that makes it interesting. But the landscape off which it is simply a part For the 1st 10 or 15 years of living up here, I I was quite strategic on. I would be thinking at a certain time of year, the sun will be coming from this angle. It will be rising and perhaps avoiding the hills around it, a relatively high. There is certain gaps in the hills, for example, when the sun arrives earlier at a certain day, in the year or period of days in the year. Other times it's to do with with the specific weather that actually governs. Whether I go out, we don't. The light is is very variable through the course of a year. So with in the case of Roseberry, you can see that during the summer months, the sun rises in the Northeast and it sets in the northwest on. But the solo part through today is relatively high accepted sunrise and sunset. So it's quite flattening, generally not very helpful on the whole. If if the sun is is out, um, to be shooting in the middle periods of the day, where is in the winter? For example, the sun is rising, the southeast sitting in the southwest on those differences, making me a huge change to the appearance of the landscape through that time. On those changes air, then enhanced by huge vegetation, changes. One of the great things about having a place that you love locally is that you become more intimate with it. It enables you to to drive your curiosity, experiment more on to become more aware of the subtleties off the process on. Actually, this is a two way effect. One is you. Perhaps use that local knowledge to to develop your own creativity. For me, that I feel is very, very important. But you condone transfer those skills and that understanding to your travels as well. So although I certainly think there is a tendency if you go to Rio well, it's a world class spectacular destination like the Grand Canyon or the tour is still pine. Inevitably, you probably take a few predictable photographs, but I'd like to think that as you grow in experience and understanding as an artist, then you are also more likely to be sensitive to the more complex and subtle processes that can be found. Indeed, in any great landscape going, I have a picture here from your sanity, which, uh huh is hardly the epitome of Yosemite. I found that that being able to be in such a place when the weather was really dark and moody, it was actually really inspiring. That is theme famous Tunnel View, which was immortalized by Ansel Adams, is clearing Winter Storm. I think one of the biggest challenges for landscape photographers is is Teoh. Learn to. This is going to sound strange toe listen to the subject, which is by way of saying that rather than arriving at a place sending for the first time on either bringing a lot of preconceptions of what it should be or wishing to impose a kind of prescribed formula is simply, uh to being a receptive state of mind. Onda actually accept what's in front of you, aunt, to observe and really, really notice what's happening so that your photography is actually an authentic relationship between you on the subject matter. I think that is what connection really means in photography as a wonderful Ansel Adams quote, and I may not get it exactly right. But he said that some photographers come come to their subject and impose the domination of their own thoughts and spirit. Others come more tenderly, and to them, the photograph is an instruments of love and revelation. The better you know, your subject, the better. Your chance of finding a unique visual story is about seeing beneath the surface of things, going beyond semblance and instead getting to the essence of your subject is about finding the hidden stories. The stories others don't see that are waiting for someone to reveal them. Maybe that someone is you. No.

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

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!

Sandra Johnson
 

This course is fantastic. It has got me thinking differently when it comes to how I will approach my photography. I'm looking forward to putting it into practice once Ireland comes out of lockdown!

Kanika Goela-Gupte
 

Great course. Leaned a lot. Will definitely be re-watching - so much to digest to try and put into practice.