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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.
Our cameras are designed to give you the choice of blurring or stopping the action, but it's really up to us to decide which one would be more effective to the message and the subject of our photograph. If the point of your photograph is to show a bear lunging for a salmon, then you may want to stop the action. If you want to create a sense of speed, then panning is the way to go. But if you want a more poetic message, then let the subject move through the frame or jiggle the camera a little bit. If you want to create interest and use perceived motion as a tool of composition, you can try zooming.
The point is that your use of motion is yet one more of the decisions you make when creating a photograph.
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