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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.
We have reviewed some of the more common ways to handle motion on our shots, but there are an endless number of other possibilities for creating a sense of motion too. Let your subject move through the photograph. This can really send a cool, edgy message. Have your subject stand still and let the action move around your subject. Move your camera. You can move it to create a zoom effect, or sideways for a bit of motion blur, or jiggle it for just that hint of edgy.
Zoom in or out while you're taking the shot. It's a bit poetic in my mind. As with all photo techniques, these will eventually become easier to execute, and you'll have yet another tool for enhancing your compositions.
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