HI THERE BCM!

 

We're looking forward to a fun and creative shoot on Friday.

We'll have a brief skills training session in the office then we'll be out on the streets on location working together to create amazing images.

We've included some random photos on this page to inspire you. We shoot travel, street, portrait, conceptual and most other genres and have been teaching photographers for a long time.

To help you get the most out of the workshop we'd love you to:

 

1. KNOW WHERE THE SETTINGS ARE ON YOUR PHONE CAMERA

Look for settings for exposure, white balance, shutter speed, ISO, flash, metering etc

Don't worry if you don't have all of these settings, find the ones you can and know how to change them

We'll go through what these settings are during the workshop

 

iphone: Tap to set focus point, look for small yellow sun icon next to the focus square - now adjust exposure by swiping up on the screen to increase exposure and make the image brighter, or swipe down to decrease exposure and make the image darker.

iphone 8: https://www.igeeksblog.com/how-to-adjust-separate-focus-and-exposure-setting-on-iphone-ipad-camera-app-in-ios-8/ 

Pro Camera Samsung Galaxy (RAW vs jpeg): https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-use-pro-mode-samsung-galaxy-s7/

 

2. CLEAN YOUR LENS

Think where your phone has been... 

Use a soft lens cloth that you'd use for glasses

 

3. (at the risk of telling creatives how to suck eggs) DO SOME VISUAL RESEARCH

Look at your all-time favourite photos - yours, friends, photographers you follow - or a favourite work of art in any medium

Think about how and why you respond to that particular work.

Look at the design aspects of the work (as experts in the field of visual communication we know you know this, but it's worth repeating here as we will be using these terms in the field):

  • line - vertical, horizontal, diagonal - are the lines static, energetic, strong, thick, converging - are they curved, organic, soft - suggestive of boundaries (real or imagined)? 
  • colour - are the colours inviting, unsettling, bright, muted, warm or cool? Does the colour have geographic or temporal associations? 
  • texture - smooth or rough, inviting or repellent - think of the feelings associated with different textures
  • pattern and repetition - has the photographer used pattern and repetition to suggest harmony or discord? Whilst harmony is pleasant, discord can engage a viewer on a more emotional level.
  • balance - is the image balanced or is it weighted top or bottom, left or right? Are the main elements stable or is there an instability in the work? Where are the elements positioned in the frame? 

Now look at the light in the photograph, it is a visual language

  • how has the photographer used light to communicate a feeling?
  • how has the photographer used light to communicate more didactic concepts such as time, location, depth, information
  • Shadows are one of the main tools you can use to read the light in an image. Shadows can tell you the quality of light, is it soft or hard? The direction of light - front/back/side? The intensity of the light? The level of contrast

4. THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN PHOTOGRAPHY 

Use the workshop as an opportunity to improve your photographic skills

Do you have any questions about technique, settings, concepts, lighting etc? 

Teaching photography is what we do so if there's anything you want to know it's a good time to ask.

 

5. DOWNLOAD SOME FREE APPS

  • SNAPSEED

Android Google Play - click here

iTunes - click here

  • VSCO

Android Google Play - click here

iTunes - click here

 

Additional resources

  • The Photographer's Playbook, 307 Assignments and Ideas, edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern, Aperture Foundation Publishing
  • 30-Second Photography, The 50 most thought-provoking photographers, styles and techniques each explained in half a minute, edited by Brian Dilg, Ivy Press
  • The Art of Photographic Lighting, E. Eibelshaeuser, rockynook
  • fotografica workshops - use the code BCM20 for a 20% discount (valid to end 2017)
  • 100photos.time.com

 

Look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Lisa and the team at fotografica

@_lkurtz_