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In the Douglas Kirkland on Photography series, well-known photographer Douglas Kirkland explores a variety of real-world photographic scenarios, sharing technical insights and critiquing the results.
In this installment, Douglas discusses the importance of developing a sense of photographic vision: keeping your mind and eye open for photographic opportunities, and maximizing those opportunities through composition and other creative decisions. The course begins with Douglas reviewing images from his personal collection. He discusses the importance of observation and exploration for a photographer, how to see art in everyday situations, and why one should always have a camera nearby.
Douglas then goes on location to shoot in and around Korakia Pensione, a resort in Palm Springs, California. He explains his creative and technical decisions as he shoots, and describes how natural lines created by architecture and light can help make an effective photograph. The course continues on a hike through a Palm Springs canyon, where Douglas captures images in the field, working with moving water, highly textured rock faces, and even some local wildlife. Finally, Douglas wanders through downtown Palm Springs armed with a simple point-and-shoot camera, proving that with vision and an open mind, great images can be made with simplest equipment.
Download a free companion guide to Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Photographer's Eye from the Exercise Files tab. The guide contains photos, detailed camera-setting information from the shoots in this course, and more tips from Douglas on improving composition and maximizing available natural light.
Okay, we're back from the Korakia in Palm Springs. It was great. It was ideal. Yes, it was a wonderful weekend. Blue skies, palm trees, what more could you ask for? You could say, how could you miss there? Well, you know the interesting thing is, when we went into the town, we took this little point-and-shoot, and we could find pictures too. So it's not just the exotic lenses, the long lenses, it's what you do with this, and what you do with your eye. Now, just to give you an idea of how my world varies, we're going to be going to Milan, Italy, where I'm doing a fashion shoot. And you know the one thing that will be interesting? I will probably be a slightly different person, because I'm in a different world, but you know what will not be different will be my eye, because it's ultimately the photographer's eye.
I care about every picture I take, and I use all the aesthetic possibilities the camera will allow me, and I hope you can do the same thing. Just imagine what your possibilities are. Wherever you are, get the most out of it, and love photography because that's the passion that I feel, and I'm sure you can as well. Have fun with your camera. Thanks very much.
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