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Introduction to Photography
Child and her Mother - Dorthea Lange
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Photography is Art created by
Light!
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What is Photography?
Photography is an art form like
drawing and painting.
Photographers use their camera
to make us see...
4
How a Camera works…
When the shutter of a camera is opened, light passes through the lens
and onto the film. The film is...
5
There are three basic styles of
photography.
Landscape Portrait Documentary
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Landscape
Landscape is a
photograph of the
environment. It could be
the forest, mountains,
oceans, or your backyard.
Ans...
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Here is another of Ansel Adams
Photographs
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What is Landscape Photography?
Landscape photography is a
photograph of the outdoors.
It could be of the land,
water, or...
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What do you see in your
landscape photograph?
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Portrait Photography
Portrait photography is a photo
of a person or animal.
It is important to show an
emotion.
Holding...
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Different Portrait Styles
Rubenesque - Keith CarterLukasz Holma, Poland - Lauren Bacall
Can you compare and contrast th...
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The Dress - Sally Mann Boy and Car, New York City - Jerome Liebling, 1949
More Portraits
Portraits can be the whole bod...
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What is Portrait Photography?
A portrait photograph is a picture
of a person or animal that shows
an emotional connecti...
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What are some ways you can
make a portrait photograph
creative and different from
everyone else?
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Documentary
Documentary
photography presents
facts without changing
anything.
Good documentary
photographs make you
won...
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What are the stories in these photos?
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Where do you find documentary
photographs?
Newspaper
Magazines
Internet
Books
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Documentary photographs can be either landscape or portrait.
Dante’s View - 1938 Edward Weston
Which photo shows a port...
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What is Documentary
Photography?
Documentary Photography tells a story without changing
the facts.
Remember that a good...
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What stories can you tell with
your camera?
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Contrast
Contrast refers to the
brightness between
the light and shadow
areas of a picture.
Does this photograph have c...
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Does it have contrast? What direction is
the light on the trees coming from?
Alfred Stieglitz - Icy Night, 1893
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What is Contrast?
Contrast is the difference between light and shadow.
Think about a flashlight in a dark room.
Don’t t...
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Rule of Thirds
A photo is more interesting if the subject is NOT directly in the
center. Try placing your subject 1/3 t...
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Which photograph do you find more interesting?
WHY?
One photograph uses rule of thirds and the other uses central focus...
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Point of View
Try selecting and unusual point of view.
Where was the photographer standing for each picture?
Eye Level
...
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Proximity
Don’t be shy! Get close to your subject.
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are tools to help you MASTER
the art of photography.
Contrast, Rule of Thirds,
Point of View, and Proximity
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“One should really use the camera as though
tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.”
-Dorthea Lange
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  1. 1. 1 Introduction to Photography Child and her Mother - Dorthea Lange
  2. 2. 2 Photography is Art created by Light!
  3. 3. 3 What is Photography? Photography is an art form like drawing and painting. Photographers use their camera to make us see life in a different way, feel emotions, and record stories and events.
  4. 4. 4 How a Camera works… When the shutter of a camera is opened, light passes through the lens and onto the film. The film is covered with chemicals that create a pattern of light on the film. This becomes the negative. Notice the inverted (upside-down) tree.
  5. 5. 5 There are three basic styles of photography. Landscape Portrait Documentary
  6. 6. 6 Landscape Landscape is a photograph of the environment. It could be the forest, mountains, oceans, or your backyard. Ansel Adams is a famous landscape photographer. Here is one of his images.
  7. 7. 7 Here is another of Ansel Adams Photographs
  8. 8. 8 What is Landscape Photography? Landscape photography is a photograph of the outdoors. It could be of the land, water, or buildings.
  9. 9. 9 What do you see in your landscape photograph?
  10. 10. 10 Portrait Photography Portrait photography is a photo of a person or animal. It is important to show an emotion. Holding Virgina - Sally Mann Scared Angry Other… What is the emotion shown in this photo?
  11. 11. 11 Different Portrait Styles Rubenesque - Keith CarterLukasz Holma, Poland - Lauren Bacall Can you compare and contrast these photographs? How are they similar? How are they different?
  12. 12. 12 The Dress - Sally Mann Boy and Car, New York City - Jerome Liebling, 1949 More Portraits Portraits can be the whole body.
  13. 13. 13 What is Portrait Photography? A portrait photograph is a picture of a person or animal that shows an emotional connection.
  14. 14. 14 What are some ways you can make a portrait photograph creative and different from everyone else?
  15. 15. 15 Documentary Documentary photography presents facts without changing anything. Good documentary photographs make you wonder what the story is behind the photograph. Migrant Mother - Dorthea Lange
  16. 16. 16 What are the stories in these photos?
  17. 17. 17 Where do you find documentary photographs? Newspaper Magazines Internet Books
  18. 18. 18 Documentary photographs can be either landscape or portrait. Dante’s View - 1938 Edward Weston Which photo shows a portrait, and which shows a landscape? Portrait Landscape
  19. 19. 19 What is Documentary Photography? Documentary Photography tells a story without changing the facts. Remember that a good documentary photograph makes you wonder what the story is behind the picture! It can be a portrait or landscape.
  20. 20. 20 What stories can you tell with your camera?
  21. 21. 21 Contrast Contrast refers to the brightness between the light and shadow areas of a picture. Does this photograph have contrast? Mapplethorpe, Orchid and Leaf in White Vase 1982
  22. 22. 22 Does it have contrast? What direction is the light on the trees coming from? Alfred Stieglitz - Icy Night, 1893
  23. 23. 23 What is Contrast? Contrast is the difference between light and shadow. Think about a flashlight in a dark room. Don’t think about zebras or pianos! LIGHTS SHADOWSSHADOWS
  24. 24. 24 Rule of Thirds A photo is more interesting if the subject is NOT directly in the center. Try placing your subject 1/3 to the left or right, or 1/3 from top or bottom.
  25. 25. 25 Which photograph do you find more interesting? WHY? One photograph uses rule of thirds and the other uses central focus. Central Focus Rule of Thirds
  26. 26. 26 Point of View Try selecting and unusual point of view. Where was the photographer standing for each picture? Eye Level Above Below
  27. 27. 27 Proximity Don’t be shy! Get close to your subject.
  28. 28. 28 are tools to help you MASTER the art of photography. Contrast, Rule of Thirds, Point of View, and Proximity
  29. 29. 29 “One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.” -Dorthea Lange
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