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 #6 : Always Have a Fresh Look, Even On Things You See Everyday !

Have you ever thought why you make better images when you’re away from Home ? Why do you want to go to Alaska, Patagonia or Colorado for a Photography Experience rather than in the fields behind your house ? These fields Alaskan People dream to visit to make great pictures themselves !! The reason is simple : You have lost your candid look to…

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 # 4 : Expose for Highlights… Make histogram your Best Friend !!

This is a key point very of us are aware of ! In digital Photography, tonal distribution is not linear along the histogram axis. Here is what I mean : Let’s say we have 5 main zones along the X axis which represents the tonal distribution : from left to right we will have the Dark Shadows – The Shadows – The Midtones –…

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…

Tools and Techniques….

We have to recognize that, in any given situation, there can be many ways to see the Landscape, and while sifting this information through our minds, we must decide on a plan of action to best portray our impression, its effect on us, the prevalent mood we are experiencing. A single word can sometimes describe what we are seeing, though we may neglect to…

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…