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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 3 of 50

Piece of Gear We Always Forget

 

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Lesson 3 of 50

Piece of Gear We Always Forget

 

Lesson Info

Piece of Gear We Always Forget

When we think about gear, we tend to think about cameras, lenses and add on, such as filters. But there's another vital bit of equipment we often forget. And it's this your body now What do I mean by that? Well, let's start with the eyes on his journey from the retina to the center of the brain. The data your eyes receive is heavily compressed, much like the visual data in a J peg, which means the part of the brain that tells you what you're looking at on what to do about it gets just 13 thousands of the original information. Think about it. That's a tiny, tiny amount. Now it performs this compression using historic information. Basically what you've learned an experience in the past, and it does it for good reasons, because that's how we navigate our environment and survive everyday life. But how does it affect your photography? Well, if your brains is only 1 3000 of what is actually there, my question is, what's it missing? What little details is the brain filtering out that could he...

lp you turn a record shot into something more that answer that question. Take this view What do you see? Amounted? Yes, but to get to that conclusion, your brain has brushed over the detail, including the most obvious one. It's a triangle. What else? Well, take a look at this image as well as a triangle. There's a bold circle created by this boulder. There's an implied horizon line, which I've positioned just above the center line, which draws your attention to the foreground. Importantly, there's also a smaller white line under the boulder, which creates separation between it and the water. There are lines on the mountain, texture in the rocks and the vivid orange color in the land, complemented by the blue in the sky. More subtle but critical to the composition is this small triangle in the foreground, which is an almost perfect mirror of the mountain line shape, color, pattern and texture. These are the building blocks of which all images created on being mindful off them is essential if you are to make well composed photographs rather than take land record shops. So a key part of composition has nothing to do with cameras and lenses and has everything to do with you knowing how your brain is interpreting what you see enables you to deactivate the filters it uses to inform you of the bigger picture so you can focus on the stories hidden underneath. Now what else? Well, what about legs? Legs of the most underutilized piece of equipment you own? Let's be honest. The predominance of zoom lenses have made us just that little bit lazy. It's so easy now just to stand in one spot with the obvious subject in front of you and zoom in and out until you get the right crop. But walking around exploring their environment often leads to finding lots more images, subjects you might have missed if it's simply stood still. A great way to get yourself moving around is to do what I did all those years ago. Get yourself a single prime lens head to a favorite location. I just see how many great shots you can get. And as well as exploring the environment, explore the subject to bend down, step up, step to the side, change your angle. Where you stand in relation to your subject is what determines perspective. And sometimes it's the smallest change in position that makes the greatest difference to the composition. 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.