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Like most people, you probably take lots of photos with your iPhone. But how do you know if you’re using your camera to it’s full potential? How many times do you take a photo only to delete it later because you just aren’t happy with the quality? It’s time to go back to the basics. This week we’ll get started with the Fundamentals of iPhone photography, including:
Lighting can break or make a picture, but you don’t need lots of technical equipment to take stunning photos. In order to give depth and dimensionality to your images you can work with the light that’s available to you.
This week we’ll focus on understanding why lighting is so important to the success of a photo, and how you can create the effect you want at home using natural light and light sources that are readily available around the house.
There will be two projects this week. First, we’ll think about shadows and reflections. Second, we’ll work with whatever light source is readily available to you. Let’s get creative!
Black and white photos are timeless; even in a color-saturated world, they’ll always be relevant. These photos possess a mysterious and magical quality; they ask a viewer to be more active – to fill in the blanks and use his or her imagination in a different way.
As photographers, it’s important for us to study, and create, black and white photos. It keeps us on our toes, allows us to strip away the distraction of color, and focus on the fundamentals.
We shoot differently when we’re shooting b&w, and as we approach our subject this week, we’ll think through what’s important in the black and white world, and how to make the most of our photos without using color.
Some days your social media feed is filled with nothing but food. This is particularly true during the quarantine, when everyone and their mother is learning to be a baker. Some photos are good, some not-so-much, and some are spectacular.
This week, we’ll think about how to make your viewer practically taste your culinary creations. You’ve spent the time creating something delicious, now your photo should do it justice. What are the qualities that make a food photo pop? And most importantly, how can you make someone say, “I need that recipe!”?
Many of the same principles we’ll be covering this week also apply to still lifes (after all, what else is a plate of food but a still life?), so if food photos aren’t your thing, you can apply what you learn to create successful compositions out of just about anything.
The principles we’ve worked with will come together this week as we explore what is arguably the most popular style of photography: portraiture.
Whether you’re taking photos of yourself, your friends and family, or even your beloved Fido, you can take your portraits to the next level and create wonderful memories by integrating the principles and practices of light and composition.
To make the most of our time together, it’s important to understand how we’ll be approaching our critique sessions. (This applies to not only the Zoom critique sessions, but also to the written comments you’ll leave for your fellow students before the group critique session).
•The purpose of a critique is to help you become a better photographer by being able to turn a critical eye on not just others’ works but on your own.
•Critique is collaboration, not competition, it is an opportunity to learn and develop as a photographer/artist.
•The goal is to train yourself to have a critical eye when viewing images and being able to discuss what makes a successful image.
•Things to consider during a critique -Composition, Creativity, Style, design elements, presentation, color, light, subject matter/ point of interest, does it tell a story,
•Try to think like team members in the same way that athletes work in teams. Their goal is help each other so that everyone can benefit from the practice. Think in terms of – is what I’m saying beneficial? Would I want to hear this?
•In order to get the most benefit out of a critique you need to be engaged. By participating you will develop your artistic skills and understanding.
•It’s important to remember what may be feared as mistakes, become coveted discoveries that promote new insights and learning. We can gain so much knowledge from our mistakes, and all it takes is the willingness to learn from them. Without mistakes, we lose countless opportunities to gain valuable knowledge and learn lessons. Critiques are learning opportunities.