Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Telling the story of Korakia Pensione, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Photographer's Eye.
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(music playing) (water trickling)…Here we are, today, at Palm Springs, and this is just a couple of hours out of Los…Angeles, and I wanted to show you the place we are familiar with.…This is the Korakia Resort.…We've come here many times. And what I am going to do today, what I'd like to do with…you, is show you how I am going to do my personal story on this place.…I am going to start taking pictures really right outside here.…
The first image I see is the beauty of the mountains, the wonderful flowers, the palm trees.…What we need to do--and I have worked a lot in photojournalism, and frankly…what they often say--which is certainly valid here today, as always--is, you must…have a good beginning. This is it.…This tell you where you are, shows you the background, and then you need a…middle and then an end.…I'm looking and I am checking everything out. Oh.…
Now I see something that I really like right here.…I immediately see that I can get from here, within arm's reach, to the mountain…over there, a mile and a half or so away.…
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.