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In this course, Pulitzer-nominated photographer Natalie Fobes takes viewers into the studio and on location to explore the many elements that combine to make an effective photo.
The course explores compositional elements that guide a viewer's eye, including the rule of thirds; leading lines, patterns, and curves; and depth of field. Natalie then details the roles of color and light in a photo. She shows how to work with the natural light in a room or outdoor location, and how to enhance it using reflectors, newspapers, a T-shirt, or whatever might be handy. She also shows some simple indoor lighting setups that can replicate the look of natural light.
The course continues with a look at movement and how a photographer can convey a sense of motion by blurring part of the image or freezing a fast-moving subject. Next, Natalie explores the concepts of peak action and the decisive moment—those split seconds that capture the essence or emotion of a subject or scene. The course wraps up with a discussion of the roles of planning and research in creating effective photos.
In this course I've covered many of the tools of composition, color, and light that I've learned over my career. While at first you may have trouble remembering to incorporate them into your photography, keep at it. Each time you look at a photograph, whether it's yours or someone else's, analyze it. Ask yourself, what rules of composition are in a photograph? Where is the light coming from? What is the main subject? And how did your eye travel through the image? What is the lighting message? You will train your eyes simply by analyzing photographs, and while at first it may feel really cumbersome to implement some of the things you studied in this tutorial, with practice it'll become second nature.
So that's it for now. Good luck and good shooting!
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