Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Composing an indoor image, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Photographer's Eye.
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Now, here we are.…I was sitting on this couch just a couple minutes ago.…I looked over in the other room.…I saw this great image.…Look at the way the light is coming on the back of those flowers.…That's a picture. And right from this very spot,…I saw two other images.…I want to show you what they are and how I photographed them.…The first I am going to photograph with a long lens, a 70-200/2.8, and I've got my ISO at 2,500.…It's not bright, but it is beautiful. And I'm coming up here. And yes, beautiful.…
I am going to, just for the fun of it, do a horizontal as well.…Maybe I am finding different images each time.…What specific things I'm seeing is the light coming through the glass. Just look at that.…It's very beautiful. And then the delicate light on the flowers themselves, and…with a flattened perspective it gets stronger; each element makes it stronger.…You say, how do you flatten the perspective?…By using the telephoto lens. So that's there.…But now I want to go to another lens.…I'm going to go switch over to a 24-105 zoom, because I see two other pictures.…
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.