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Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

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Texture

Chris Weston

Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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30. Texture

Lessons

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1 Your 10,001st Photograph Duration:03:24
2 Camera Gear Duration:03:03
4 Be a Storyteller Duration:03:09
7 Photograph What You Love Duration:02:00
9 Have an Opinion Duration:01:46
10 See With a Child’s Eyes Duration:02:34
11 Tell Your Story Duration:08:46
12 Find a Needle in the Haystack Duration:01:38
16 Case Study - The Maternal Bond Duration:02:42
18 Relevance Duration:01:06
19 #1 Reason Photographs Fail Duration:02:57
20 Getting Rid of Clutter Duration:03:59
21 Post Capture Cropping Duration:02:04
22 The Elements of Design Duration:02:31
23 Elements of Design Duration:01:38
24 Elements of Design - Shape Duration:02:21
25 Case Study - Shape Duration:02:11
26 Elements of Design - Color Duration:01:55
27 Case Study - Color Duration:01:50
28 Color in Camera Duration:01:42
29 Pattern Duration:01:54
30 Texture Duration:02:24
31 Seeing The Elements of Design Duration:08:52
32 Gestalt Theory Duration:05:10
33 Case Study - Cove Duration:01:36
34 Case Study - Hat Duration:02:09
35 Light and Contrast Duration:01:54
36 Light and Form Duration:01:26
37 Light and Depth Duration:03:48
38 Perspective Duration:02:28
39 Lenses and Perspective Duration:02:47
40 Rule of Thirds Duration:02:48
41 Centre of Frame Duration:01:36
44 The Horizon Line Duration:02:52
46 Other Lines Duration:04:57
48 Negative Space Duration:02:29
50 Training the Mind Duration:04:26

Lesson Info

Texture

I'm going to conduct a little experiment. Close your eyes. Now imagine running your right hand over a rough stone. Now imagine running your other hand over a slab of perfectly smooth marble. Okay, you can open your eyes. Did you notice how your mind responded differently? The two imaginary experiences? Well, the same thing happens when we look at a photograph. Our mind imagines the feeling of texture present in the image, and the body responds. Physiologically texture is a powerful visual tour. In eliciting an emotional response, the texture of this sultry is almost palpable. Repeat the little experiment we've just done. An imagine running your hand over the bark. You surely feel its roughness is. It rubs against your skin when you prepare to take a photograph. All of your senses, consciously or otherwise, are working to inform you how you feel about the scene you're photographing. The problem with the photograph is at face value. It works on a one dimensional visual level. Only the in...

put from the other senses hearing taste, smell and touch is lost. Unless, that is, you use visual tools to bring them back. And that's what's happening in this image. Light contrast, color and framing are all working to divulge a visual sense of touch. I've used a tight crop to show just a small section of the tree, and this focuses your attention on the bark, which is the vehicle for my story. While sidelight, it creates tiny shadows that reveal every nook and cranny, creating a very real sense of texture. The camera gives you a visual representation of texture, but if you print your photographs, you can also add a physical dimension for your choice of paper. Photographic inkjet paper comes in many varieties, from smooth gloss or satin through Matt, the heavily textured art papers. By matching paper and subject, you can enhance the impression the final print makes on the viewer. Now it's difficult for me to show you the difference on the computer or TV screen, but as an example, an image of tree bark will become multi dimensional wind printed on textured paper. Compared to say, satin is another part of the photographic process, and it's this attention to the little details that helps raise your photography to a higher level

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

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.