Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a compact, point-and-shoot camera, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Photographer's Eye.
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(music playing)…I like people to see things as I've seen them.…It's my form of expression.…I see pictures all around, but you know what?…I can never go anywhere without some kind of a camera.…So the camera I keep in my pocket here, it's a little point-and-shoot. I don't want to be without it.…
I feel I don't have my speech…if I don't have a camera. I think in that way and I express myself that way.…So I look around here, frankly, and I haven't done very much research here, but I…do see immediately some magnificent flowers over here.…So this is a little S90 Cannon, and you may have variations of this camera.…But the main point I want to make is, don't underestimate the power of your…small point-and-shoot.…Whenever you've seen me do with larger cameras, I can do with this.…
So come on, follow me over here,…while I actually look up at some of these, these magnificent flowers.…There are a lot of these here in Palm Springs.…If I had my digital SLR, I could have done this, probably the same image.…I might not have done with that much differently.…
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.