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…

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…

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…

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…

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…