Finding The Visual Narrative
in and of themselves. Objects such as people, animals, landmarks or buildings aren't stories. What they do, how they work, why they're there. They yard and their history and their experiences. Those are stories, and that means you've got to go further than simply turning up. A while ago, I was in Naples, in Italy. On my first day I did what I usually do, which is leave my camera behind and go for a walk. I went to all the beautiful places. Napoli is known for the harbour Piazza del Sito, the cathedral Castello. Over. I walked all day and covered 15 kilometers and couldn't find anything. Not a single subject I wanted to photograph. Sure, there were the usual postcard shots. But as you know, by now, I don't really do postcards. Yeah, so Day two, I instigated Plan B. I met up with a local guide and she acquainted me with the real Naples. The people. She introduced me to fishermen and fishmongers, bakers and pizza, roller wine makers and baristas. I listened to their stories, what they lov...
e about their city, how the city works on a social level, the camera and the church last Anita and possibly po and why they'd never leave even if Mount Vesuvius erupted again after a day spent wandering meeting the people and getting to know the authentic Napoli. The next day I headed out with my camera. I filled an entire memory card and drained a battery mentoring no more than 200 m from my hotel. To find the story, you have to get involved. You have to invest time and energy and immerse yourself in the subject, and you have to ask questions. Sometimes it takes stepping outside your comfort zone, letting go of attachments. Napoli was way outside mind, but I let go of my attachment to being uncomfortable interacting with strangers. And that's part of growing both as a photographer and as a person. If you let it, your camera opens doors to worlds beyond your normal vision, and if they're beyond your vision, there probably beyond most other people's, too. That's where original images are found beyond normal beyond everyday sites, and that, for me, is the purpose of photography. It's a doorway into world's most people never get to see, and you have the key
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.