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Practicing Mindfulness In Photography

Chris Weston

Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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Lesson Info

5. Practicing Mindfulness In Photography
By deconstructing one of his all-time favorite images, Chris shows how approaching photography with a mindful eye can help you create photographs that show much-photographed subjects in a new and compelling way.

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

Practicing Mindfulness In Photography

when I first started thinking about this cause this particular lesson was titled Mindfulness Exercises for Photographers. I was planning to tell you how I get into a mindful state when I'm taking photographs and offer a few exercises you could try, but when I thought about it, I honestly couldn't think what to say. The thing is, when you put a camera in my hand, mindfulness comes naturally to me. To be fair. Most other times, as anyone who knows me well, we'll tell you I'm completely mindless. The camera to me is like a trigger. So rather than tell you what I do, I thought I'd show you what happens when I'm on location and my mind is triggered. Take a look at this scene here and tell me what you see. Now let me tell you what I see 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 small white line under the bould...

er, 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. Here is another example. What do you see here? When I first came across this location, I wasn't exactly inspired is a derelict industrial area of a small French town. But after a moment's contemplation, I was drawn to the water tumbling over the weir. I could see line and pattern, and the quickly descending sun was just beginning to add a touch of color. I set up my camera frame, the shot I was visualizing in my mind and waited for the deeper glow of sunset. And this is the image I talk by cropping tightly, isolating the water and removing the distracting background environment. I have drawn attention to the key subjects, the line and the pattern of the falling water. I've used an evenly positioned Baroque diagonal to lend equal weighting to the to half of the frame and used white balance to add a blue cast that complements the orange yellow reflection of the setting sun. There are many ways to get yourself into a mindful state before you start a photography session, and no one way will suit all people. So I suggest trying different exercises and seeing which one works best for you in the resources panel below. I've provided some ideas and links to websites and articles that I've found useful in the past. It's not a definitive list, but it's a decent place to start.

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!