Why Photographic Process is not WYSIWYG ?

On August 24-25th, I’ll animate a workshop  : Why Photographic Process is not WYSIWYG ? ( What You See is What You Get ) and I’ll give you clues and directions to reconcile the perception you had of your surroundings and the image you have captured. By focusing your attention on the way you compose, the mastering of exposure and the post-processing phase, you…

Assignment # 7 : Nature is the Substrate… You model it by Lighting and Composition

Nature is an ever changing theatre. Such or such area can be a no interest site most of the time and, suddenly, become a tremendous spot because of a specific light, a combination of  ephemeral colors or peculiar atmospheric conditions. As a Photographer, you should be aware of all these « out-of-the-range » conditions ! When a storm is about to burst, chances you capture great…

Assignment #5 : Always Use A Tripod…

Beyond the certainty to get a sharp and crisp image, using a tripod is an efficient creativity catalyst. I explain : When composing an image, you’ll have to isolate a part of the scenery and force it to inhabit your viewfinder. Remodeling the world is not an easy task ! I’m sure you have already experiment this exercise, and I’m ready to bet, as…

Assignment # 3 : Make your Composition Univocal…

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…

Assignment # 2 : Let your Emotion Talk…

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…

Assignment # 1 : Simplify to Reinforce…

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…

Beauty comes from Simplicity…

We, Photographers are striving for Simplification. We always need to further simplify what is in front of the camera in order to achieve clarity. There are, three main aspects of simplification : 1 – Remove unwanted clutter from the frame : This is a fairly straightforward process : running your eye around the edge of the frame, for instance, to make sure that nothing…

Shell the Creative Process…

While my workshops attendees are making their photographs, very often, I come to them and interrupt them asking this question :  » What do you consider to be the three essential ingredients on your Photography ? ».  For those who are beginners, sure, there no precise answer, for the others, most of the time,  it’s about a subject matter, a good lighting and for the…

Music as a Component…

I would not like to pretend there is a fail-safe recipe to stimulate creativity. This would be pretentious and inexact. Nevertheless, I can assert Music can help. It helps to disconnect from day-to-day concerns and elevate your mind to abstract concepts. The goal is to undress elements from their rational and functional role to see them as design parts. By surrounding our senses with…

The Photographer’s Voice

Photographs are necessarily always of the world but if we want to move beyond illustration, they must evoke emotional responses that are not bound to a particular place. A famous place is weighed down with unavoidable and often unwanted connotations. In an anonymous place the photographer is more likely to be free of the unwanted connotations that arise from images of iconic locations. There…