Learn to Create Better Photographic Images
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Learn to Choose what to photograph, and where to position it in an image, in order to achieve a desired affect.
There are 8 lessons as follows:
Choosing the subject, Lighting the subject, Placing the subject in the frame, Choosing the medium for recording,
2. Photographing People
Snapshots, Portraiture, Posing for Photographs, Nude Photography, Fashion, Photography & Wedding Photography
3. Nature & Landscape Photography
Photographing Water, Plants, Landscapes & other Natural subjects
4. Colour vs. black & white
Types of film, Analysing photos, Photography for newspapers, etc.
5. Special Techniques
Creating Effects,Sport Photography, Cropping, Non Standard Film (eg. Lith Film, Infra Red etc)
6. Illustrative Photography
Telling a story with a photo (eg. advertising, sports event, fashion parade or art exhibition), Streetscape photography etc.
Illustrating articles, Analysing photos in magazines, Understanding the industry and photo opportunities
8. Business Opportunities in Photography
Freelance photography, Commercial photography, Planning a Photographic Session, Studio Photography, What to Charge, Gallery Sales, Written Contracts
DURATION 100 hours
- Compose photographs in a way that matches a predetermined aim.
- Explain a variety of ways to take better photographs of people.
- Explain a variety of ways to take better photographs of landscapes or other natural subjects.
- Differentiate between appropriate use of colour and black and white photography.
- Create varied visual affects through the use of special techniques.
- Explain a variety of ways to take better illustrative photographs.
- Explain a variety of ways to take better photographs for use in print or electronic media.
- Determine the nature and scope of business opportunities in photography.
Consistent Good Photography is not an Accident
If you want to be able to take quality photos wherever and whenever you need to; it requires knowledge of the options, a capacity to evaluate the situation at hand and choose the best option, and an ability to use the equipment with skill to execute what you desire.
Quality photos are crafted by someone who is part technician, and part artist; just as any artist must use their materials to create something that is physically sound, but at the same time, use their passion to create something that is emotionally sensitive.
What is the "Style" of Your Photos?
Different photographers will develop different traits that are common to the photos they take; whether intentionally or unintentionally. Some, for example; tend to create photos that are easy to comprehend -realistic representations of life, while others may seek to create images that are less obvious, whether by choosing subject that are not so obvious or taking them in a way that is not so obvious. There are many other things that can contribute toward style.
Style is how something is interpreted by the photographer. You can affect style in the way you create an image, perhaps through the use of the camera, lenses, filters, lighting, composition etc., or through techniques for processing the image after it has been taken.
Style may be impacted by how you:
- Select components to include, obscure, highlight, or not include in the image.
- Organise components in an image (which may be impacted by the angle from which they are photographed: distance, depth of field, lighting affects, etc)
- Choose and use colour
- Choose to use light (eg time of day, flash, filters)
- Allude to movement (or lack of movement)
- Use or appeal to human emotions
- Relate to the subject
- Present the final image
This course helps you discover the possibilities for developing your own photographic style. It is all about learning and trying out different possibilities to discover what appeals to and works for you as a photographer.
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