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“The serious artist is                           the only person able to                            encounter Technology  ...
Composition is an exercise in      Visual StorytellingWhat Story Does Your image Tell?
“I have often thought that if Photography were Difficult in the true sense of  the term - meaning that the creation of a s...
Don’t Let Technology Interfere with your        storytelling“The boon of digitalphotography is that thephotographer has co...
Speed Kills    GoodPhotography  Good Storytelling       is hard -  Technology makes Capturing the Image a lot easier but T...
Ansel Adams “Yosemite, Summer” (1935)   Tom Haymes, “Classic Valley” (2009)    It’s okay to learn from great storytellers ...
Are there Rules to  Composition?
know thelanguage of   your  medium
Master your storytellingtools and keep them simple -Tools are but a  means to an     end “Photography has not changed sinc...
pre-visualize whatyou are going to do  Black-and-white vs. colorshould not be an afterthought
The Choice of     Black-and-white vs. color is a narrative         choice The absence  of color in   black-and-        whi...
Getting   Started:Understanding    visual storytelling  Work with Basic     shapes
Understanding    visual storytelling  Add basic colors  to basic shapes -   minimalism is a        good   compositional   ...
Understanding    visual storytelling    Think about strong lines that lead you into the      picture
Understandingvisual storytellingOr that Pull You Down into thepicture
Adding Another Element:Storytelling with light and textureLight and texture impact composition and should         inform y...
Adding Another Element:Storytelling with light and textureLight and texture impact composition and should         inform y...
Adding Another Element:      color as a storytelling toolColor is another aspect of texture and light but it adds a level ...
Adding Another Element:        color as a storytelling tool           Using color Intensity as balancerlike black-and-whit...
Use Technology toenhance your storytellingAppropriate use of post-processing  can enhance your storytelling
Don’t constrain yourselfI don’t believe in arbitrary compositional rules -  especially if they interfere with the story i’...
Uncontrollable   elements:Fortune favors the prepared
Uncontrollable elements:The world will reward your patience - eventually
Uncontrollable    elements:  Sometimes You don’t get it the   first time -take advantage of second chances
Find your Passion - and Get Good at It“In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular... sight  and feeling will appear on...
Where to Find Me:www.haymesimages.comwww.flickr.com/photos/tomhaymesE-Mail: tom@haymesimages.comPhone: 281-748-3684This Pr...
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Every Picture Tells a Story

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Every photograph is a visual narrative. Good composition tells that story well. In order to improve your composition apply storytelling techniques.

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Every Picture Tells a Story

  1. 1. “The serious artist is the only person able to encounter Technology with impunity, just because he is an expert aware of the changes in sense perception.” - Marshall McLuhanImage © 2010 Alex SuarezEvery PictureTells a StoryNarrative and Composition in Effective Photography
  2. 2. Composition is an exercise in Visual StorytellingWhat Story Does Your image Tell?
  3. 3. “I have often thought that if Photography were Difficult in the true sense of the term - meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail asmuch time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching - therewould be a vast improvement in total output. the sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster” - Ansel Adams
  4. 4. Don’t Let Technology Interfere with your storytelling“The boon of digitalphotography is that thephotographer has completecontrol of the image, and thebane of digital photography isthat the photographer hascomplete control of theimage. What seems to beoccurring is that the poetswithin us - the poets whostarted this tidal wave ofrevolution - are becomingimprisoned by thetechnology” - Vincent Versace
  5. 5. Speed Kills GoodPhotography Good Storytelling is hard - Technology makes Capturing the Image a lot easier but The art is in the storytelling
  6. 6. Ansel Adams “Yosemite, Summer” (1935) Tom Haymes, “Classic Valley” (2009) It’s okay to learn from great storytellers “Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated, are intended to be looked at. this brings to the forefront not the technology of imaging, which is of course important, but rather what we might call the Eyenology (Seeing)” - Henri Cartier-Bresson
  7. 7. Are there Rules to Composition?
  8. 8. know thelanguage of your medium
  9. 9. Master your storytellingtools and keep them simple -Tools are but a means to an end “Photography has not changed sinceits origin except in its technicalaspects, which for me are not important” Henri Cartier-Bresson
  10. 10. pre-visualize whatyou are going to do Black-and-white vs. colorshould not be an afterthought
  11. 11. The Choice of Black-and-white vs. color is a narrative choice The absence of color in black-and- white emphasizes shapes,textures, andtonal ranges
  12. 12. Getting Started:Understanding visual storytelling Work with Basic shapes
  13. 13. Understanding visual storytelling Add basic colors to basic shapes - minimalism is a good compositional exercise
  14. 14. Understanding visual storytelling Think about strong lines that lead you into the picture
  15. 15. Understandingvisual storytellingOr that Pull You Down into thepicture
  16. 16. Adding Another Element:Storytelling with light and textureLight and texture impact composition and should inform your pre-visualization
  17. 17. Adding Another Element:Storytelling with light and textureLight and texture impact composition and should inform your pre-visualization
  18. 18. Adding Another Element: color as a storytelling toolColor is another aspect of texture and light but it adds a level of complexity that must be balanced compositionally
  19. 19. Adding Another Element: color as a storytelling tool Using color Intensity as balancerlike black-and-white subtle color can enhance texture
  20. 20. Use Technology toenhance your storytellingAppropriate use of post-processing can enhance your storytelling
  21. 21. Don’t constrain yourselfI don’t believe in arbitrary compositional rules - especially if they interfere with the story i’m trying to tell
  22. 22. Uncontrollable elements:Fortune favors the prepared
  23. 23. Uncontrollable elements:The world will reward your patience - eventually
  24. 24. Uncontrollable elements: Sometimes You don’t get it the first time -take advantage of second chances
  25. 25. Find your Passion - and Get Good at It“In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling will appear on print. if it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. it is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.” - Ansel Adams
  26. 26. Where to Find Me:www.haymesimages.comwww.flickr.com/photos/tomhaymesE-Mail: tom@haymesimages.comPhone: 281-748-3684This Presentation is at:www.slideshare.net/haymest

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