Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Seeing an image, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Photographer's Eye.
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Today, I have some images I'd like you to see with me that are very personal.…I've done this for year or so, and these are pictures that are part of what my…environment is, as you may find in your environment too.…This, I was just sitting down having lunch with a friend, and they brought this…cappuccino, and there was a picture.…I just had to take it. And here is my wife Francoise lying out, with the…Mediterranean in the background--all sounds very glamorous, but it could've been…Lake Huron or Lake Champlain, or who knows? Getting the sparkle in the water…was significant for me.…
And I had a 28-105 zoom lens, and I put a soft filter on it.…I just wanted it to be a little more delicate.…These are all the options we have available.…Now, this is a week or so later.…We're in Milan, having dinner outside at night with a friend of ours who was…visiting us, and I saw, in front of her, the light from sky just as it was getting…darker, about eight in the evening in the summer, reflected in the silverware. Look at that.…
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.