Set Your Passion Free     Scott Wyden Kivowitz         http://scottwyden.com
Once you know what to do & what not to doPut the rules aside & explore your own creative vision.
Leave Your Comfort Zone• Take Risks• Break Boundaries• Open Doors• Go Nuts!• “Poke the Box” - Seth Godin
Where Are You?Where do you stand in the swarm ofphotographers?What are you doing different?What risks are you taking?What ...
Thomas Edison Once Said“We shall have no better conditions in the future ifwe are satisfied with all those which we have a...
Photography RulesThey exist for a reason,to act as a guideline ofthe photographic process
What “They” Don’t Tell YouYou are allowed tobreak the rules
Darren Rowse - Digital Photography School “While you probably won’t want to break these rules in every photograph that you...
The Rules• Rule of Thirds        • Fill The Frame• Golden Ratio          • Follow The Light Meter• Tack Sharp            •...
Keep It Steady?Some photographers, like my friend John, throw& spin their camera in the air.In fact, there is a Flickr gro...
MacroWho needs it?Have you triedphotographingflowers with awide telephoto     lens?
Macro...or photograph amacro straight onwithout finding the   perfect angle?   It could work  better than you    might thi...
BokehAlways fun,sometimes overdone.
Focus  Not everythinghas to be in focusfor a photograph to be interesting
BlurThere isn’t onestill part of this photo, yet it is fun to look at! See the guywalking in thebackground?
ISO Shooting at the highest ISO may not be favorable, but it can add drama by                        using so much availab...
Angles Photographs do nothave to be straight, to    be interesting
Lines   If this was      straight(horizontal lines)   it would be      boring!
Color Play with color    and light.   This colorphotograph looks black & white.
Vintage     Play with  processing bymaking a moderndigital photograph     look old.
CurvesYou don’t have to correct for  them if youdon’t want to.Let it go, have  some fun.
Tilt/  ShiftThese lenses are    meant for correction, butcan add a unique      look to   architecture, landscapes and     ...
Negative Space    There issomething aboutdead space that isso attractive in a  photograph.
Timothy OSullivan’s photographs had blown-out skies because of orthochromaticmaterial, which makes all blue skies overexpo...
SurroundingsPhotographing your subjects, and their   surroundings.
Surroundings as  BackgroundPhotographing your  subjects by using their surroundings as the background
HDR High Dynamic RangeLove it or hate it. Either way, the technique can   make for a    stunning  photograph.
Be SneakyDon’t let an animal know     you are there.
Be SneakyDon’t let an animal (orperson) know you are         there.
Overhead “They” say to get down to      a child’s level.How about standing over and      looking down?
UpwardShooting from a low angle can   add a neat perspective
Mobile     Experiment with cell phonephotography and the many applications      and accessories available.
Shoot Through Shooting throughpeople can add an    interesting  perspective ortwist to a situation
Shoot ThroughShooting through trees can add an    interesting   perspective or  twist to a scene
No  Detail Let highlights   blow outLet shadows cut explore theboundaries of your camera
No  DetailDeep detail-free  shadows can create a highlydramatic portrait
Cut Off  It is okay to cut theheads or legs off people        if it works!
FiltersThey don’t have tobe on the camera in order to make   use of them  (two 10x ND  filters in use)
Giving It A Try• Wrong Lens On The Right Camera        • Use A Different Eye  (e.g., DX on FX)                            ...
Final Thoughts
BeAggressive
Be Kind
Experiment
Take Risks
Most Important
Have FunDoing It
Love The Rules
Set Your Passion Free             Scott Wyden Kivowitz            http://scottwyden.com   Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, ...
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Originally presented to the Ridgewood Camera Club and New Jersey Smug Group, the Set Your Passion Free presentation is now available free. Once you know what to do and not to do, you must put the rules aside and explore your own creative vision.

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Set Your Passion Free

  1. 1. Set Your Passion Free Scott Wyden Kivowitz http://scottwyden.com
  2. 2. Once you know what to do & what not to doPut the rules aside & explore your own creative vision.
  3. 3. Leave Your Comfort Zone• Take Risks• Break Boundaries• Open Doors• Go Nuts!• “Poke the Box” - Seth Godin
  4. 4. Where Are You?Where do you stand in the swarm ofphotographers?What are you doing different?What risks are you taking?What rules are you breaking?
  5. 5. Thomas Edison Once Said“We shall have no better conditions in the future ifwe are satisfied with all those which we have atpresent.”
  6. 6. Photography RulesThey exist for a reason,to act as a guideline ofthe photographic process
  7. 7. What “They” Don’t Tell YouYou are allowed tobreak the rules
  8. 8. Darren Rowse - Digital Photography School “While you probably won’t want to break these rules in every photograph that you take – breaking them can bring about some fairly spectacular results.”
  9. 9. The Rules• Rule of Thirds • Fill The Frame• Golden Ratio • Follow The Light Meter• Tack Sharp • Keep Still• Clean Angles • Get Down or Move Up• Low ISO • Keep Horizons Level• Hold Steady • Avoid Lens Flare ...etc
  10. 10. Keep It Steady?Some photographers, like my friend John, throw& spin their camera in the air.In fact, there is a Flickr group full of them!note: I don’t recommend throwing a camera.
  11. 11. MacroWho needs it?Have you triedphotographingflowers with awide telephoto lens?
  12. 12. Macro...or photograph amacro straight onwithout finding the perfect angle? It could work better than you might think.
  13. 13. BokehAlways fun,sometimes overdone.
  14. 14. Focus Not everythinghas to be in focusfor a photograph to be interesting
  15. 15. BlurThere isn’t onestill part of this photo, yet it is fun to look at! See the guywalking in thebackground?
  16. 16. ISO Shooting at the highest ISO may not be favorable, but it can add drama by using so much available light.
  17. 17. Angles Photographs do nothave to be straight, to be interesting
  18. 18. Lines If this was straight(horizontal lines) it would be boring!
  19. 19. Color Play with color and light. This colorphotograph looks black & white.
  20. 20. Vintage Play with processing bymaking a moderndigital photograph look old.
  21. 21. CurvesYou don’t have to correct for them if youdon’t want to.Let it go, have some fun.
  22. 22. Tilt/ ShiftThese lenses are meant for correction, butcan add a unique look to architecture, landscapes and objects
  23. 23. Negative Space There issomething aboutdead space that isso attractive in a photograph.
  24. 24. Timothy OSullivan’s photographs had blown-out skies because of orthochromaticmaterial, which makes all blue skies overexposed. (1871 - 73 survey of the American West)
  25. 25. SurroundingsPhotographing your subjects, and their surroundings.
  26. 26. Surroundings as BackgroundPhotographing your subjects by using their surroundings as the background
  27. 27. HDR High Dynamic RangeLove it or hate it. Either way, the technique can make for a stunning photograph.
  28. 28. Be SneakyDon’t let an animal know you are there.
  29. 29. Be SneakyDon’t let an animal (orperson) know you are there.
  30. 30. Overhead “They” say to get down to a child’s level.How about standing over and looking down?
  31. 31. UpwardShooting from a low angle can add a neat perspective
  32. 32. Mobile Experiment with cell phonephotography and the many applications and accessories available.
  33. 33. Shoot Through Shooting throughpeople can add an interesting perspective ortwist to a situation
  34. 34. Shoot ThroughShooting through trees can add an interesting perspective or twist to a scene
  35. 35. No Detail Let highlights blow outLet shadows cut explore theboundaries of your camera
  36. 36. No DetailDeep detail-free shadows can create a highlydramatic portrait
  37. 37. Cut Off It is okay to cut theheads or legs off people if it works!
  38. 38. FiltersThey don’t have tobe on the camera in order to make use of them (two 10x ND filters in use)
  39. 39. Giving It A Try• Wrong Lens On The Right Camera • Use A Different Eye (e.g., DX on FX) • Dead Center• Wrong Lens For Right Situation (e.g., Telephoto for Macro or Tilt/ • All Minimalistic Shift as Prime)• All Distortion• Upside Down Camera
  40. 40. Final Thoughts
  41. 41. BeAggressive
  42. 42. Be Kind
  43. 43. Experiment
  44. 44. Take Risks
  45. 45. Most Important
  46. 46. Have FunDoing It
  47. 47. Love The Rules
  48. 48. Set Your Passion Free Scott Wyden Kivowitz http://scottwyden.com Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, 500px, Flickr, YouTube and more! Title by Martin Bielecki Crowdsourcing A Photography Presentation Titlehttp://scottwyden.com/crowdsourcing-a-photography-presentation-title/

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