Defining your Vision Lecture

Each of you as a fine art photographer owns, or can own, a unique vision of style. No competitor will see your vision; and your vision defines your work to the world. Your vision will reveal itself in the fullness of time... but in the mean time you must lay the foundations.

The "Left Brain" foundation is technical, including the challenges of equipment, exposure, focus, motion, wind, and moisture. These issues must be mastered with planning, technique, and experience.

The "Right Brain" foundation is Composition. My lecture on Defining your Vision addresses Composition.

Once the foundations are established, specifically including an emerging mastery of Composition, the photographic artist begins to collect a body of work that will allow the identification of his Vision.

Composition

The lecture is based on the analysis and discussion of a number of images. The following types of image elements will be reviewed:

Weakeners
Strengtheners
Distractors
Light
Confusing element placement
Color
Lack of Critical Focus
Simplicity
Lack of subject isolation
Mystery
Lack of balance
Depth
Lack of texture contrast or color contrast
Design
Lack of context
Subject
Poor light
Pattern
Ill defined subject
Texture

For each type of element, example images will be shown with open discussion from the class. Given the fact that this material is subjective, you may anticipate that multiple points of view will emerge!

Advanced Classroom Projection System

An advanced digital projector with color-managed Digh-Definition output will be used, along with a state of the art screen for the most faithful classroom image reproduction.

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