WEEK ONE: Introduction to composition. How our eyes see, and how our brains process the world around us. Taking the idea of composition from “how do I make this photo interesting” to “how do I use the elements available to best tell this story.”
WEEK TWO: Let’s talk in-camera choices! Choosing a focal length, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and processing to elicit the intellectual and emotional response we are looking for. We’ll look at samples from documentary photographers, as well as our own and talk about why they (and we!) chose to shoot the way they did.
WEEK THREE: Let’s break this down!! Over weeks 3 and 4 we will cover all the different elements of composition starting with lines, framing, depth, layers, and light. We’ll talk about what they are and aren’t, and how they can help us tell our stories.
WEEK FOUR: Continuing with the elements of composition: Contrast, balance, pattern, and overall gestalt or feel of the image (this one is important!), and again, how each affects the meaning of the image and story. We’ll also talk about about playing to your strengths while not letting them limit you, and finish off with putting it all together, and creating a longterm plan to constantly grow (it’s one thing to learn about composition, quite another to put it into action!). To top it all off, we will have live video chats to critique the final assignments, answer any remaining questions, and see everyone’s faces!
All participation and interaction for this class will take place in a private online forum. (Registered students will receive instructions on how to access the forum a few days before class begins.)
On the first Monday of class, Zalmy will share Lesson 1 in the forum. He will also be available during the week to answer questions and facilitate discussions in the forum as you read and work through your lessons.
Homework will be due on Sunday and critiques/reviews will take place the following Monday. Each week will follow the same pattern.
The beauty of this class and every other class at DEFINE is that you can read, practice, and participate throughout the week whenever it is convenient for you- from any timezone, anywhere you have Internet access, at any time of day. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week “in class.”
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