Each month I teach a class with the PPSOP. It’s an online four week class, and each month I usually get twenty to twenty five participants; and they’re more than likely just like you. That is, they’re amateur photographers passionate about photography, and want to take their images up to the next level but just don’t know how to go about it.
Both in my online class and my “Stretching your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, I teach students how to incorporate the Elements of Visual Design and Composition into their image making. Negative Space, Vanishing Point, Perspective, Line, Texture, Pattern, Form, Shape, Light and Color are the elements that we work together on. Each week the class is given a different lesson to work on, while taking what they’ve learned in the prior lesson with them to the next week’s assignment. At the end of the four weeks, they walk away with an ‘Artist Palette’ with all these elements on it.
As the month progresses, the level of work changes with each day. Once each student embraces a particular element they can integrate in into their thought process and “make a picture” using it.
I want to share some of their wonderful pictures with you they have taken over the course of the four weeks, so you can see how their new Palette has helped take their imagery what I refer to in class as, “Up a notch”. What you see is a small representation of the work that was created. The level of work is incredible and unfortunately there were just too many to show all of them, so I tried to represent all the elements that they learned how to use. Can you see them?
Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com and I’m working on my 2013 workshop schedule, so stay tuned. Come shoot all the elements with me sometime.
Keep those questions and photos coming to: AskJoeB@gmail.com