El que se levanta temprano ganara mucho

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So this is how I started off the evening…

Sitting in the Guardian offices, near Kings Cross, drinking a glass of elderberry juice and trying to get my iPad to work.

However my mission was to learn how to take better pictures by listening to a talk by Anthony Epes.

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As usual I took notes (curtesy of Evernote) and this is what I learnt…

Guardian photography masterclass
28th October 2013

Anthony Epes

Composition – is the thing that is lacking in most pictures

Composition is a way of guiding the viewer to the most important element of the picture/work in a specific way/order

“Think, frame, shoot”

However many pictures are taken instantly with little thought

Tripods – the way forward; use a ball head if not requiring specialist images; scenic landscapes

Great photos communicate emotion
Less can be more

Rules
1. Rule of 1/3 rds
2. Natural framing
3. Leading lines
4. Balancing elements
5. Depth
6. Background
7. Negative and positive space

RULE OF THIRDS
divide frame into 9 equal parts
Position elements along these lines or at intersecting points

Balance harmony energy
Relationships between elements
Off center –

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Elliot Erwin , New York

Ansel Adams moonrise, Hernandez New Mexico 1941

NATURAL FRAMING
items are used as frames
Sky- trees, clouds

LEADING LINES
lead the eye in a path around an image
Diagonal – energy movement
Horizontal – calm and rest
Vertical – structure & strength
Single – emotion
TIP: Roads: put the middle of the road in the corner of the picture

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Micheal Kenna fifty four sticks


BALANCING ELEMENTS

Place your main subject off-centre
Can make it interesting
But can make it feel empty

Balance the weight of your subject by including another object of lesser importance to fill the space

There is value in waiting to find the right photograph
Eye usually led to the highest point of contrast in the scene

DEPTH

foreground, middle ground and background
Overlapping
Focus

BACKGROUND

Look for a plain and obstrusive background
Simple and clean
Can chose the background and let the subject walk into it

POSITIVE SPACE
positive space the occupied by the object or subject

NEGATIVE SPACE
the space around the subject
Help define the subject

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Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sophonos, Greece 1961

Spirals!!

1.Learn the rules
2. Break the rules effectively
3. Develop your own style

Exhibition in St Pancras until 30th October
Foyles 18 – 29th November

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And yes I did wander down to St Pancras station look at the exhibition and yes I did take a few pictures.

Somehow I need to work on my composition…

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mayti says:

    En español hay un refrán (frases hechas con sentido figurado de origen popular) para el título de tu ‘post’ y dice así: “A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda”.

    1. Nice one!

      Sent from my iPhone

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