Photography Course Week 3
Double Vision Photography hosted their 3rd session for the February Course last night. Unfortunately we didn’t have a full attendance, we were missing four students. This however, was due to the weather, and some people literally not being able to make it to our venue. Some of our students even spent over an hour in traffic, but it was worth it.
We started off our session with a homework review, looking at everyone’s work and photos they had taken over the last week. We had asked each student to practice the techniques they had used and learned in the previous lesson. This is always exciting as we get to see what they were up to, and how much they had grasped. This course is designed to be a quick introduction, and it does take a while to grasp concepts, but usually after the practical, our students have a good understanding of what they need to do in order to achieve a specific result.
A few of our students did struggle with the concepts, but this was due to the fact of them trying the assignments at the wrong times of the day (at night), however, after some viewing and discussing of the photos, we were able to close-up this uncertainty gap a little more. Being hands on, is really important, especially when they are still learning. This is why our practical over the weekend is as important as we can physically show everyone what is needed to be done.
After the homework, we had a quick session on flash photography and why one would use flash and when it would be important. We also discussed the different kinds of flash and light sources, and how they affect the lighting on the subject. This is important to understand, but if it is not something that is needed by the photographer, then it’s not a must. However, it is very important for a photographer to understand light and how it falls on the subject. This is also the case with natural lighting and ambient light.
We then stopped for a quick pizza dinner break. Wow, was it good pizza. We had five pizzas between the group, and well, there was nothing left soon after we started. During the break we talked freely about photography and personal interest and just made some small chat.
After our dinner break, Lee and I showed everyone some of our personal work we had recently done. Whilst sharing this work, we would make them aware of certain aspects of why we took the photos, and what we had in mind. The point of this exercise was to have physical evidence of what composition is and how it works.
We then discussed composition techniques and how they can be achieved in photography. This are very important and it is the essence of what makes up your photograph and helps to portray emotion and convey a message. The group seemed to have a good understanding of how this worked, and were tasked to go put it into practice. We also asked everyone to pay attention to the photos they see every day and even whilst watching TV as once aware, it is easy to spot them in real life and in other photographer/artists work.
Sunday will be our practical, weather permitting. Hopefully we will have no rain and head off to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. We will be joined by our model, Megan who will be the subject behind all of our photos. This will allow the group to get comfortable with working around another person who they have to pose and position. We looked forward to Sunday, and are holding thumbs that the rain stays away.
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