Lighting and Landscapes…

In most landscapes, it is the lighting that draws your attention to the subject matter. You will ignore a scene one day, but be arrested by it the next – because of the lighting ! It’s a good exercice to analyze why the lighting affects you so strongly. On a sunny day, pay special attention to the play of light and shadow, especially to…

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…

Vision & Style…

We all have a very personal way to perceive what surround us and, as Photographers, we all have a specific message to transmit using a very personal set of « words », a unique palette of terms that build our style. Photography is the way I have chosen to express my view. Amateur or professional, how do we « speak » in a way that is unique to…

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…

Depth Of Field…

Simply put, Depth-Of-Field is how much of a photograph is in sharp focus from front to back. Professional photographers understand and use Depth Of Field, while most amateurs don’t. professionals know that they can’t leave this critical element to chance, or to the programmed whims of an automatic camera ! Landscapes Masters, Porter, Weston and Adams always tried to get everything in focus throughout…

Simplicity….

For many photographers, no aspect of photography is more difficult than composition. Perhaps, for that reason,  people have tried to create rules for composing photographs. But the landscape Masters of the past were unanimous in their disdain for such formulas. « To consult the rules of Composition before making a Photograph is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk »…

An Inevitable Photograph…

To those of you who know Ansel Adams, you may know these words belong to him : while driving to Sante Fe, he glanced to his left and saw a scenery he described as « An Inevitable Photograph… » but, while it seemed inevitable to him, how many photographers would have realized the potential of the scene ? Our challenge, as Photographers, is to be able to…

Dominance and Proportions…

Dominance usually means that some aspect of composition influences the entire composition more strongly than all the other aspects. The dominant part of a photograph is often called the centre of interest or major motif. But, be careful, it’s not what I call the Subject Matter. Subject Matter comes from all the elements that build your image. It is, or should be, a resulting…

Bords de Loire…

I keep on thinking Photographers have to be technically proficient even if editing softwares can help in some ways  ! Now that most Photographers shoot in digital, it’s much easier to fake the technical side. But you either have the ability to compose great images or you don’t ! Editing Softwares can enhance a good image but it won’t create one. Once more, what…