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Mastering the Art of Photography

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Class Introduction - Three Steps To Creative Photography

Chris Weston

Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction - Three Steps To Creative Photography
There are three elements that go into creating a compelling photograph: technique, composition and creativity. Chris explains how an ancient Japanese philosophy of art, built around the notion of hand, eye, heart, helped him develop a fool-proof process for creating beautiful photographs, time and time again.

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Class Introduction - Three Steps To Creative Photography

03:48
2

Firing The Creative Mind - Part 1: The Camera Points Both Ways

03:10
3

Firing The Creative Mind - Part 2: Letting Go Of Judgement

06:53
4

Firing The Creative Mind - Part 3: Detaching From Outcomes

04:12
5

Practicing Mindfulness In Photography

02:43
6

Finding The Visual Narrative

02:39
7

Behind-the-scenes: Naples

07:52
8

Seeing Beneath The Surface Of Things

02:30

Lesson Info

Class Introduction - Three Steps To Creative Photography

in Japan, there's a form of art called Senior, which, literally translated means ink drawing. You probably recognize the style, or at least have seen it in places on the face of it. It's beauty lies in its simplicity. Minimal brushstrokes, black ink on white paper, perfectly capturing the essence of the subject. But I think it's beauty runs much deeper. Senior was first practised in Japan. In monasteries, it was used to help training monks learn the art of meditation instilled in these young monks with the philosophy of Hand I heart as an approach to art and photography as we're talking about it. Here is art that I've adopted because it's the best explanation I've ever come across of what makes great photographs great in relating hand, I heart to photography. Hand correlates to camera technique. You have to get to know your camera so well. You can use it instinctively without conscious thought and effort. Adjusting camera settings should become so habitual they never take your attentio...

n away from your subject. Otherwise, you'll end up breaking your connection with it. I is composition, which is the ability to notice design elements, form and light and know how to bring those three things together in a cohesive way so that your story is communicated through the photograph. Unambiguously, the heart is the creative idea. The original story is the ability to take an everyday situation like a street scene and craft. An image that reveals a story that would otherwise pass by unnoticed is about getting involved, going deeper and venturing beneath the surface of things. It's the difference between truth and honesty. Now to graduate from Munk school, you had to master all three attributes hand, eye and heart for these guys. Two out of three wouldn't cut it, and the same applies in photography. Perfect camera technique and beautiful compositions alone won't make great photographs without an original idea, and an original idea and skillful composition are redundant if you don't know how to use a camera and knowing how to use a camera and coming up with creative ideas won't make an award winning image unless you know how to compose the elements effectively. Technique, composition and creativity hand I heart are inextricably linked. In part one of this trilogy I covered the camera and camera technique. So what happens if I move the point of focus from this rock, and I bring it instead over here in Part two, I taught the skills of composition information that are taking your attention away from the narrative of my story. In this course, I'm going to show you how to connect with your subject to see beyond its outward appearance and create original idea. How do you use this to capture all of that information all of those sensory inputs, and get it to work on a flat piece of paper? I'm going to show you how to bring your photographs to life so they reflect not just what you saw, but how you responded to it emotionally as well that reveal hidden stories about the world around us, and that's what makes photographs stand out from the crowd. And I'm going to reveal some subtle post capture techniques that overcome the limitations of cameras and add a finishing performance to your creative vision, which is the develop module and the panel of adjustments and controls here on the right side. By the time you complete the very last lesson, you have learned all you need to know to make beautiful, compelling images time and time again. Sound good, Great. Then let's get started

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • See images with a creative eye.
  • Capture artistic photographs of the most popular subjects.
  • Choose the right lens and camera settings for the image you want to create.
  • Recognize and capture the “decisive moment”.
  • Add visual mood and emotion to your photographs.
  • Develop your own unique photographic style.
  • Find what inspires you and apply that inspiration to your image-making.
  • Fine-tune color, tone, and visual presence with easy-to-learn Adobe Lightroom adjustments.

ABOUT CHRIS' CLASS:

Once you’ve mastered basic camera craft and photo-technique, what is the next step in advancing your photographic skillset? In this in-depth course, award-winner Chris Weston shares an approach to photography that has creativity at its heart, and reveals the secrets and professional techniques that will get you creating photographs that ‘sing’.

Taking you on a step-by-step journey, from vision to print, Chris shows you how to: tap into your natural creative instincts; ‘see’ much-photographed and everyday subjects with a unique vision; set a creative intention and get the camera to capture it authentically; and, with a few simple techniques, process superb print-ready photographs. Through ‘in-the-field’ examples and inspirational case studies, he reveals the nuances of composition that can make or break a photograph, and describes the creative tools that turn snapshots into stunning photographs good enough to adorn any wall.

Delivered in an easy-to-follow, down-to-earth style, using ‘real-life’ examples and ‘live’ tuition, this course builds on the practicalities of camera technique to equip you with the creativity and vision to see, capture and process compelling photographs time after time, whatever your camera or level of experience.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Beginners who want to create better photographs.
  • Intermediate photographers who want to refine their image-making and be more creative.
  • All photographers looking for inspiration and creativity.
  • Outdoor photographers interested in travel, landscape/cityscape, nature, sport, and wildlife photography.

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Glenda
 

I loved this course - in particular the latter part of it in which he demonstrated how post processing lets you really tell the story of the image. Another fabulous course. Thanks Chris & thanks Creative Live.

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 photographic composition and visual storytelling) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

Charles Ewing
 

Fantastic course. Great photographer, teacher and storyteller!