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Use Your 5 Eyes for Better Photography

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There is a lot that goes into taking a great photo. Photographer and educator Todd Drake breaks the process down into 5 areas of consideration, or seeing, that can help you organize your approach to making great photos.

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Use Your 5 Eyes for Better Photography

  1. 1. Using 5 Eyes for Better Photography A WORKSHOP BY TODD DRAKE
  2. 2. Using 5 Eyes for Better Photography
  3. 3. Using 5 Eyes for Better Photography
  4. 4. Using 5 Eyes for Better Photography Your Unique Vision !
  5. 5. Using 5 Eyes for Better Photography Warning:! There is a lot of information! in this presentation. ! ! Do not let it overwhelm you.! ! Becoming a better photographer is a long journey. Enjoy! the freedom, the exploration, the fun in the process. Learn at your own pace. Help others. Stay at it.! ! Before you know it, you will be a better photographer.
  6. 6. Seeing through Others Eyes • Look at historical photographers(books, museums, internet) • Look at contemporary photographers (Internet, museums,s • Look across genres, and cultures (museums, travel) Sally Mann
  7. 7. Seeing through Others Eyes Borrow ideas, recombine, translate, evolve, experiment, but do not copy.
  8. 8. Seeing through Others Eyes Learn from the past: Jacob Riis, born 1849, his book How the Other Half Lives changed perceptions of the poor in New York City and led to tenement reform. One of the first to use inside flash.
  9. 9. Seeing through Others Eyes Saul Leiter
  10. 10. Seeing through Others Eyes Eugene Smith
  11. 11. Seeing through Others Eyes Steve McCurry Seek out the best in today’s photographers.
  12. 12. Seeing through Others Eyes Richard Avedon
  13. 13. Seeing through Others Eyes Rineke Dijkstra
  14. 14. Seeing through Others Eyes Saji Antony, Bahrain
  15. 15. Seeing through Others Eyes Donn Young
  16. 16. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: “Deadpan” aesthetic Susan Harbage Page
  17. 17. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: “Deadpan” aesthetic Chuck Close
  18. 18. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: “Deadpan” aesthetic Chuck Close
  19. 19. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Typology
  20. 20. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Lyle Ashton Harris Collaging
  21. 21. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Alkadhi Collaging
  22. 22. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Informal compositions / series Richard Billingham
  23. 23. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Informal compositions / series Richard Billingham Story Still Matters!
  24. 24. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Informal (too strong) lighting Terry Richardson
  25. 25. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Creative presentation JR
  26. 26. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Creative presentation
  27. 27. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Mixing with other mediums like performance
  28. 28. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Mixing with other mediums like performance
  29. 29. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Mixing with other mediums like video, sculpture Khaled Jarred
  30. 30. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Collaboration HayaTodd Drake Nushmia
  31. 31. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Concept Driven Photo Series Strangers Touching ! by Richard Renaldi
  32. 32. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Using Old Photography Techniques Heather OelklausJoni Sternbach
  33. 33. Seeing through Others Eyes Be aware of current trends in photography: Elin Oharas Slavic ! Lingering Radiation (contact print of x-ray exposed from A-bombed tree stump fragment)
  34. 34. Seeing through Others Eyes Look Across Genres and Cultures: Some of my influences: Rembrandt Max Beckmann and Joseph Beuys
  35. 35. Seeing through Others Eyes __ Research several favorite photographers or trends in photography learn something new about each. Contemporary practices you can choose from: __Deadpan __Typology __Collaging __Informal Compositions __Informal lighting __creative presentation __mix with other mediums __Collaborate with a group or other artists __create a concept first then make series __use an old photographic technique ( you may need to take a class in this) ! __ “Borrow” from a specific photo by each and create your own version. What did you learn? ! __ Visit a gallery or museum (in life or online) and find a new photographer or artist that inspires you. Research them online. Journal about why you like their work. Be specific about what you like and brainstorm ways to use the influence. ! __ Look at the photos of your peers at the workshop. Tell someone why you like their photography. Activities:
  36. 36. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye • What do you want to say? • What is the best approach? • Staged vs Street Photography? • Good Design delivers contnet. Do you know your Design Principles?
  37. 37. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye • What do you want to say? Conceptual Spectrum: ! ! ! < Beauty….Self exploration…Looking at Others….Sales…..Propaganda >
  38. 38. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye • What do you want to say? Conceptual Spectrum: ! ! ! < Beauty….Self exploration…Looking at Others….Sales…..Propaganda > Appreciation >Preservation > Understanding> Empathy>Activism….Income… Goals of the State Results in:
  39. 39. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye • What do you want to say? Conceptual Spectrum: ! ! ! < Beauty….Self exploration……Looking at Others……Sales…..Propaganda > Individual Choices Other’s Choices COLLABORATION
  40. 40. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye • What do you want to say? Conceptual Spectrum: ! ! ! < Beauty….Self exploration……Looking at Others……Sales…..Propaganda > Complex Content: Personal+historical+factual+fantasy Can be multilayered. Can be open to interpretation. (PostModernism) Simple Content
  41. 41. Todd Drake creates art that addresses human rights issues among marginalized communities. Working collaboratively with community members, Drake creates images that are both specific and universal and March 3 - 28, 2014March 3 - 28, 2014 TODD DRAKETODD DRAKE presents Double Vision Perspectives from Palestine et al.et al. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Looking at Others: My personal Interest
  42. 42. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Thinking carefully about and identifying what concepts most interest you gets at the most important question you have to answer as a photographer:
  43. 43. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Thinking carefully about and identifying what concepts most interest you gets at the most important question you have to answer as a photographer: WHY take Photos?
  44. 44. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Gregary Crewdson Constructed Reality:
  45. 45. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Gregary Crewdson
  46. 46. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Rheim Alkadhi (@ Al Riwag Art Space)
  47. 47. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Rheim Alkadhi (@ Al Riwag Art Space)
  48. 48. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Todd Drake
  49. 49. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Todd Drake Concepts on the street:
  50. 50. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Todd Drake
  51. 51. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Is this constructed reality or street photography?
  52. 52. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Activities: • As a group, place words in a cup that represent ideas in which you are interested. Read the contributions as a group and pick one or combine a few to create a concept. Create a constructed reality that relates the idea. Each of you photograph it and compare. • Create your own concept and create your own personal constructed reality. Take a series of photos of the scene. • Think of a concept and take a walk. Look for photo opportunities that capture the concept.
  53. 53. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Design Principles: ! ! Balance (Symmetric, Asymmetric, Radial ! Scale and Proportion ! Rhythm and Repetition ! Focal Point ! Economy and Unity
  54. 54. Conception: Your Mind’s Eye Create a photo or series of photos that clearly exhibit the principles of design: ! ___Symmetric Balance ! ___Asymmetric Balance ! ___Radial Balance ! ___Scale Variation and Proportion ! ___Rhythm and Repetition ! ___Focal Point ! ___Economy and Unity ! Activities:
  55. 55. Seeing through (and controlling) your Camera DSLR CAMERAS MEDIUM AND LARGE FORMAT
  56. 56. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera Camera Lens 1 2 3
  57. 57. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera Camera Lens
  58. 58. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera Camera Lens
  59. 59. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera Camera Lens
  60. 60. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera Camera Lens
  61. 61. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera Camera Lens
  62. 62. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera Camera Lens How long light comes in Size of hole - how much light Sensitivity of surface recording the light
  63. 63. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera Camera Lens Shutter speed F stop (Aperture) ISO
  64. 64. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera M! ! Manual Settings F stop ISO Shutter Speed
  65. 65. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera ISO: Can effect quality of photo, making it more or less “granny”. Shutter Speed: Also “freezes” motion or shows motion as blur. F Stop: Also effects what is in focus or not. Called depth of field.
  66. 66. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera Auto Shade White Balance:
  67. 67. Seeing through (and controlling) your camera Activity: __Find the f-stop, shutter speed control, and ISO control on your camera. Set up a still life or group of people and photography the subject while adjusting each of these controls. ! __Dim the lights and try the same adjustments. Can you capture a photo in low light? ! __Adjust the manual settings so your f-stop is a large number, like 22. Notice what is in focus and out of focus as compared with taking the same photo with a low f-stop number. ! __Adjust your shutter speed and freeze (clearly) something moving. Adjust it again and show the same object moving in a blur.
  68. 68. Vibrancy Contrast Seeing the photo as a painting
  69. 69. Cropping Seeing the photo as a painting
  70. 70. Seeing the photo as a painting
  71. 71. Seeing the photo as a painting Small repairs
  72. 72. Seeing the photo as a painting Color Correction
  73. 73. Seeing the photo as a painting Be careful about over photoshopping a photo! ! creativity vs truth
  74. 74. Seeing the photo as a painting www.gimp.org < Free download!
  75. 75. RGB CMYK 72 DPI for online ! 300 DPI for printing Check file size to make sure it will print well! You cannot go UP in size!
  76. 76. RAW= greater detail but giant files ! ! JPG=less details but manageable file size for emailing, posting, etc. Can corrupt a photo when opened and closed a lot. ! ! TIFF=no compression. Best used in when working photo up in photoshop.
  77. 77. Seeing the photo as a painting Activities: _ Crop 3 of your favorite photographs using photoshop or another application to improve some Principle of Design. ! _ Alter the color and contrast on a photo to improve its appearance ! _ Get really creative and alter a photo making it into something entirely new. ! _ Alter a photo in a way that cannot be noticed like removing a distracting detail.
  78. 78. Seeing through Reflection: Sharing and Critique ! ! Venues for sharing your work: traditional, new, creative ! Good and bad of social media. (Copyrights) ! How to get useful feedback: from others, from yourself
  79. 79. Seeing through Reflection: Sharing and Critique Venues for sharing your work: ! Traditional: Galleries, Museums, Group Shows, Solo Shows, Coffee Shops, New Venues: Online, Rice Paper Graffiti, Pop Up Galleries, ! ! ! ! ! !
  80. 80. Seeing through Reflection: Sharing and Critique Venues for sharing your work: ! Good and bad of social media. (Copyrights) ! Khalid Albaih
  81. 81. Seeing through Reflection: Sharing and Critique Venues for sharing your work: ! Good and bad of social media. (Copyrights) ! Khalid Albaih
  82. 82. Seeing through Reflection: Sharing and Critique A few good friends (fellow photographers)! ! A good school/class! ! Join a photo club! ! The Photo Community on Google+ https://plus.google.com/communities/ 101451257802046158545 Getting Feedback:
  83. 83. Activities: ! __ Select your favorite 3 photos. Find a good printing outlet and print them. Examine the quality of the print compared to the original. Compare the color, clarity, and darkness, of the prints against the digital version. ! __Visit a Photo Club in real life or join a virtual on-line photo community. Study others photos without becoming discouraged. Ask for advise and keep to heart only the criticism that seems far. Watch for patterns of critique being sure not to put too much weight in any single negative feedback you get. We ALL remember the negatives more than the positives. ! __Find a venue for exhibiting your work. Keep the promises you make to deliver the photos for the show. Start with a few group shows but go to a solo show as soon as possible. Your ego will thank you! ! _Find a new photographer whose conceptual interests are the ! same. Study their portfolio and take notes. Select one thing from ! their work you like and seek to add it to your own photos. Give ! yourself assignments to do this. !
  84. 84. The End ! ! www.the-equalist.com

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