Assignment # 3 : Make your Composition Univocal…

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Tight to Rule #1, this one could be phrased differently : Make your subject matter clear and one only… As I explained in a previous post, ( here ) Photography is a substractive process in opposite to painting which is an additive process : You start from a white  canvas and, progressively, you’ll add elements to your composition. Achieving a photographic composition consist in subtracting all disturbing pieces in the frame. Then, you will focus viewers attention to one clear subject matter.

Your images will be stronger because straightforward ! In this image, blurring the waves by a long exposure contributes in isolating the wharf since it becomes the only sharp area in the scene.

Assignment # 2 : Let your Emotion Talk…

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On this specific rule, the best way to evaluate your footprint when composing your image is to take benefit of a workshop.  Ask the attendees to make their own image of what they see. Do not impose the subject matter nor the standpoint, let them react to what they perceive. The only common parameters will be the site and the precise moment for the shoot.

Let them apply their own composition, exposure and post-prod… Then compare !  The idea is not to make a ranking among all the photographs but to identify what are the levers you have chosen to operate to emphasize such or such specific aspect of the scene… The sum of them all should be recurrent if you multiply the exercise and should build your own personality :  your style…

This style may be ignored even by yourself… The goal is to listen to your heart and let it shout… Then… getting better will consist in mastering the tools that will transcribe your emotions into images.

Assignment # 1 : Simplify to Reinforce…

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In the coming days, I’ll try to share some key advices that build my credo. Each of them are bricks that build my images. If you attend one of my workshops, You will have to shoot one image illustrating each of these key-rules.  As many,  you will be disappointed  being on sites where you will search for a subject matter, like this beach, where there is nothing except sand and water… ! I’ll ask you to reinterpret this seascape by injecting what makes your vision unique… By selecting a specific aperture, a shutter speed, a framing you will inhabit your photograph and , at the end of the day,  you’ll take your Photography skills to the next level…

Feel free to use the specific form for more info on the workshops here

If you want to contact me directly, here is my email :  philippe.jacquot@jacquot.com

Enjoy !

Back to Real Life…

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Hello Friends,

I have been away for several weeks.  I’m back and very happy to share this new year with you… I’ll try to share my feelings, my insights and my thoughts on Photography with you all, my Friends. Feel free to react, to post your comments. Thank You for your continuous support and enjoy…

Philippe