Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video The importance of research, part of The Elements of Effective Photographs.
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The success or failure of your photo shoot is affected by the work you do before…you leave the house.…No matter if you're shooting landscapes, wildlife, or people, you've just got to…know what you're getting into and prepare for all possibilities.…For me, research is a joy.…I love to learn about new places or animals or cultures, and I find out the…answers to any questions I might have before I go shoot.…For example, when are the fall colors at their peak?…What will access be like at the time you want to photograph.…
You certainly don't want to show up and find out you can't get there.…What are the months when you're most likely to get the great light?…I am from the Northwest.…We have basically about three months in the summer when we have sunny days.…If I want to photograph in the bright sun, then that's the best time to go--…that is the only time to go.…If my intention is to create a moody shot of clouds or mist or storms, then I…can go any time between November and March.…
Scope out your locations before hand, walk the trails looking for the right scenes.…
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.