Shoot More! Week 3

July 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Creativity:

  1.   the quality of being creative

  2.   the ability to create

Create:

  1.   marked by the ability or power to create :  given to creating <the creative impulse>

  2.   having the quality of something created rather than imitated :  imaginative <the creative arts>

  3.   managed so as to get around legal or conventional limits <creative financing>; also :  deceptively arranged so as to conceal or defraud <creative accounting>

What is creativity to you? What is your definition?

Write it down.

Do you journal or sketch? I do, I use my iPhone 6s Plus and my iPad Pro, love that Apple Pencil. I used to keep a sketchbook with me at all times but the digital devices started to take over for me. Which do you prefer? Digital or what we grew up on, paper? Both work as long as you use them. Sketch concepts, compositions, explore your ideas. Make a list of images you have in your head. Write out what inspires you. A word, a place you want to visit, how the light took over a scene and made you feel. Free write, what ever pops into your head. Have fun, get that journal back out or continue on the journey you already practice.

Many people start a daily practice after reading and exploring The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.  Is this book already on your bookshelf or nightstand?


Visual Grammer:
Lines, Circles and Squares
Day one shoot lines, day two shoot circles, day three shoot squares. The rest of the week keep looking and photographing these elements as you discover them.
When you start looking you will see these elements everywhere.
Take control of the camera to emphasize perspective or to blur out and abstract the scene. Have fun exploring the changes you can make in the images. How do the changes affect the content, the meaning of the images. Yes, lines, circles and squares have content. What metaphor or symbolism are you creating? The seven images you post this week, write why you chose to post those images, what importance they have and include that in the social media post.


Technique:
Now is a good time to think about the focal length of your lens. A telephoto lens will make the elements look more stacked on top of the next element and a wide angle will push the elements away from one another. Explore and try different lenses photographing the same scene. How does your thinking need to change to make 2 strong images. Can it even be done. If you have a zoom lens, that will work for this exercise as well.

Push your thinking - This could be fun - Crop to a square, circle, or pano this week.

-The Kodak, the original consumer camera “You press the button, we do the rest.” was loaded with a spool of film that held 100 exposures - Those images were output to a 2.5 inch diameter round image and then mounted on cards.


People Who Inspire Thought:
George Eastman  -  The Kodak   http://www.kodaksefke.nl/kodak-original-1888.html
Stephen Shore  -  we saw a great video on the FB page  http://stephenshore.net/
Barbara Kasten   - http://barbarakasten.net/

Mary Ingram Tomaino shared some fabulous posts of her Lumen Prints the past few weeks.
Check out her work here. http://www.marytomainophotography.com/#!lumen-prints/c7pi

Here is a link to the Lumen process that Mary shared on the FaceBook page
-Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes – Lumen Prints
http://masteringphoto.com/photographic-alternative-processes-lumen-prints/


The app I use for my digital sketchbook on the iPad Pro - GoodNotes

Next I thought I would make a list of the programs and apps you guys are using, did I miss any? I'm Sure I did.

Photoshop  link Amazon     Adobe
Lightroom   link Amazon    Adobe
Snapseed   Snapseed - Android        Snapseed iPhone
Hipstamatic   http://hipstamatic.com/camera/
Alien Skin     http://www.alienskin.com/
NIK  This is free and everyone should download it!   https://www.google.com/nikcollection/
Aviary   https://www.aviary.com/
SnapPhoto  Android 
Super Photo  Windows - Free
Vintage App  Not sure which one was used, so here is a link to 10 apps

Photomatix Educational pricing link - http://www.hdrsoft.com/order/academic.html - Thanks O'D for sharing this with us

 


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