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CAFNR Communications Brown Bag session on Photography 101


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Learn about the basics of good photography including the rule of thirds, clean backgrounds and flattering portraits. Learn easy tips to make your own photos even better.

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CAFNR Communications Brown Bag session on Photography 101

  1. 1. Welcome!<br />Brown Bag Session on Photography 101<br />Genevieve Howard<br />CAFNR Communications<br />August 20, 2010<br />
  2. 2. What we will talk about today<br />Three types of shots: close, medium and wide<br /><ul><li>Horizontal vs. vertical
  3. 3. Rule of thirds</li></ul>Elements of composition<br /><ul><li>Clean backgrounds</li></ul>Get closer, get higher, get lower<br />Context<br />Leading lines<br />Color<br />Landscapes<br />Faces, not backs<br />Portraits<br />Cameras<br />
  4. 4. Three types of shots of rope<br />Medium<br />by Seldom Scene Photography<br />Close<br />by mikebaird<br />Wide<br />by lrargerich<br />
  5. 5. Horizontal vs. Vertical<br />When is it good to use?<br /><ul><li>When subject is wider than tall
  6. 6. You need horizontal movement
  7. 7. For a sense of space</li></ul>When is it good to use?<br /><ul><li>When subject is taller than wide
  8. 8. You need vertical movement
  9. 9. For a sense of focus</li></ul>by Matt Howard<br />by Matt Howard<br />
  10. 10. Rule of thirds<br />The eye usually moves from left to right, top to bottom, similar to reading.<br />
  11. 11. by Genevieve Howard<br />
  12. 12. Elements of composition<br /><ul><li>Line: moves the eye through the photo.
  13. 13. Shape: defines the edges. Think of silhouettes.
  14. 14. Form: the 3-D aspect ofan object.
  15. 15. Color
  16. 16. Hue (what we think of as the named colors )
  17. 17. Value (lighter or darker)
  18. 18. Saturation (intensity)
  19. 19. Pattern: repetition of line, shape, form or color.
  20. 20. Space: negative and positive.</li></li></ul><li>Clean backgrounds<br />Which photo is more powerful for you?<br />Negative space<br />Positive space<br />
  21. 21. Get closer, get higher, get lower<br />Which photo is more powerful for you?<br />by Franklin Henderson<br />by Franklin Henderson<br />by Nicole Jordan<br />
  22. 22. Context<br />by Franklin Henderson<br />by Keith Montgomery<br />
  23. 23. Which is stronger?<br />by Genevieve Howard<br />
  24. 24. Rule of thirds applied<br />
  25. 25. Leading Lines<br />Leading lines are lines in a photo that lead your eye to a particular spot. <br />by Matt Howard<br />by Matt Howard<br />
  26. 26. Color<br />Look for color.<br />by Matt Howard<br />by Drew Backues<br />
  27. 27. Landscapes<br />Make sure you have a foreground, as well as a middle ground and background. Movement of eye can be vertical or horizontal.<br />by Matt Howard<br />by Matt Howard<br />
  28. 28. Faces, not backs<br />It’s natural for people to respond emotionally to human faces.<br />Which photo draws you in more?<br />by elevatorlady<br />by Keith Montgomery<br />
  29. 29. Portraits with soft light<br />Soft light works best. If outdoors, shoot in open shade or during overcast days.<br />Compare the quality of light and shadow on the faces.<br />Which is more flattering?<br />by Allison Ralston <br />by Nicole Jordan<br />
  30. 30. Action<br />People in action make the image more exciting.<br />by Matt Howard<br />by Nicole Jordan<br />
  31. 31. Expression<br />Look for expression.<br />by Nicole Jordan<br />by Matt Howard<br />
  32. 32. Get close<br />Faces, and even just eyes, show personality and emotion.<br />by Nicole Jordan<br />by Genevieve Howard<br />
  33. 33. Cameras<br />Point-and-shoot or DSLR<br />Fine for web quality or small prints.<br />Lightweight.<br />Small size is portable.<br />More affordable.<br />Easy to use.<br />Get the best optical zoom you can.<br />Higher image quality, suitable for large prints.<br />Heavier.<br />More expensive.<br />Need to purchase separate lenses.<br />More complex.<br />More control.<br />
  34. 34. Three things<br />If you could only remember three things the next time you take a photo…<br /><ul><li>With portraits, look for a clean background.
  35. 35. Imagine a grid: rule of thirds.
  36. 36. Change your perspective: get closer, get higher, get lower.</li></ul>Have fun and take more photos!<br />
  37. 37. In appreciation<br />Special thanks to all the photographers who generously let me use their work in my presentation.<br />You can see more of their work on Flickr.<br />Drew Backues<br />Matt Howard<br />Nicole Jordan<br />Keith Montgomery<br />
  38. 38. Thank you!<br />Questions?<br />Genevieve Howard <br /><br />Photos on Flickr<br />Join the CAFNR LinkedIn group<br />Be our fan on Facebook<br />Follow us @cafnr<br />