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Photograph What You Love

Lesson 7 from: Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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7. Photograph What You Love


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

Photograph What You Love

the first book I ever wrote was called Double Vision is based on the premise. If you put two photographers in the same place at the same time, they'll take two completely different pictures. Working with a colleague, we talk 50 different subjects and each photograph them in our own way. One of the subjects with cliffs, the project was almost complete. We were running against deadline, but holding everything up with my image of a cliff. However hard I tried, I couldn't get a single photograph. I felt happy with what was even more ridiculous was at the time. I live close to here. The Jurassic Coast, which, let's face it, is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in England. I was thinking about the irony of this when it struck me. The reason I couldn't get a suitable image of a cliff was I don't like cliffs. I see cliffs is a barrier to inland and sea. To me, they're a block, a obstacle, a great big monstrosity standing to in the beauty of the earth in the ocean. And once I got...

my head around that fact, I went out and shot What for me was the perfect image of a cliff. Now, unlike my colleague, who likes cliffs, my images full of dark shadows, contrast spikes and jagged edges visual elements we associate with disharmony and negative emotion, but in which I found beauty. You have to love what you photograph, even if that love manifest from negativity. Beauty is not found in the subject like a Shakespeare play. Beauty is what you create after tragedy, disharmony, chaos or emotion in love and hate. You find passion and passion is what drives us. There's no passion in indifference. There's no passion in conformity. You have a fine passion verbally sitting on a fence. If you have nothing impassioned to say about a subject, don't photograph it, find something you love or hate and photograph that instead.

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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