One of the most important skill sets to build and nurture in storytelling photography is intentional composition when making pictures. The content and instruction of this 3-week workshop will be centered around your work and the work of your fellow participants through assignments and critique.
You will be given a short video to watch PRIOR to the class meeting times which will allow for more time for our live photo critiques. Provided in the video will be tips and hints regarding composition and how your choices directly affect the story you are telling in the picture. We will be working on three basic approaches to composition and, from there, examine their effectiveness on the viewer.
Get High, Get Low.
In our first week we are going to look at the power the photographer has in simply deciding where to stand, sit or lay down when making a picture. We will examine the basic principals of composition and how to properly, effectively fill a frame. You will be asked to make a picture that gives the viewer a point of view that they would not necessarily experience the situation from.
Layers. They Can Be Fun.
Week two will be dedicated to exploring layers and how they can be used to add more context and depth to a picture. To properly execute a layered picture, you need to approach it in terms of building the picture. This week will look at foreground, mid ground and background and how to use all three in storytelling.
Same Space, Two Stories
This final week we will talk about how photographing the same environment from a wide perspective and a tight perspective can change the entire story. Using the lessons learned from weeks one and two, you will be asked to make intentional choices in both your tight and wide frames. Both pictures will be made using a wide angle lens.
Photo credit: Kirsten Lewis