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Lesson 9 from: Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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9. Have an Opinion


Class Trailer

Your 10,001st Photograph


Camera Gear


Piece of Gear We Always Forget


Be a Storyteller


Finding Ideas For Photography - Know Your Subject


Cae Study - Why Are Zebras Black and White Striped


Photograph What You Love


See the Extraordinary in Ordinary Things


Lesson Info

Have an Opinion

What's your opinion on global warming? What are your thoughts on world politics? How do you feel about immigration and the refugee crisis? The greatest photographers in history have all had an opinion, and they use their photographs to inform the world with the aim of provoking action on debate. Ansel Adams, as well as being a highly accomplished photographer, was an environmental activist long before global warming was a household phrase andan the early part of the 20th century. It was his black and white landscapes of the American West that ultimately led to the expansion of the national park system in the US Dorothea Lange was a humanist who famously documented the Great Depression and humanized its consequences. Toe. A generation of Americans on did influence the global development of documentary photography. Robert Capa. Another example. He was a political activist who his unique style brought the tragedy of war on the plight of repressed people to life. The millions of people aro...

und the world being a photographer is to be someone who has a point of view. Someone who doesn't conform for conformity is sake. And no, it isn't afraid to lift their head above the parapet. and get shot at once in a while, figuratively speaking, although in Captures case sometimes literally all three of these photographers the story transcended photographic technique. Capas book is even subtitled slightly out of focus. For them. The image wasn't about focus and exposure. It was about soul, it said. A picture speaks 1000 words. Think what it is you want to say. Consider your opinion on Make that your photograph.

Ratings and Reviews

Edmund Cheung

Perhaps the style of presentation and simple, short, and direct messaging does not "jive" with some; but others may really love this. Yes the production of each episode is stylized and perhaps a bit formal (like a TV Show?), but there is something to be said about it. Perhaps this is not meant for professional photographers? I think of myself as decent amateur / high level photographer. I found lots of great nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from this. Especially when I an in a rut for creativity. Yes I have heard all these concepts and ideas before. BUT it is always great to hear and see a different way of presentation and voice. Please do NOT take the naysayer reviews as the end all. You should judge for yourself and watch a few episodes. If the style and content click for you, I would highly recommend this course.

Kai Atherton

While I am perhaps more advanced in my photography then this course. It is always great to be able to go back to fundamentals and remind ourselves of the basic principles, and even camera function. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and Chris's other. It is a great motivational jumpstart when lacking fresh creative idea's.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering the art of photography ) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

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