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Student Work: PPSOP November Class

The 'Artist Palette' at work

The ‘Artist Palette’ at work

Besides my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshop I conduct around the planet, I also teach a four week class with an online school called the PPSOP. Actually, I teach a part I and a part II class, the latter covering several areas I’m not able to cover in the first four week class.

In each of the four weeks I give a different lesson that covers the different elements of visual design and composition. These elements have been around since the Renaissance and are still considered classic ways to take your imagery what I often refer to as “Up a Notch”. At the end of the classes, fellow photographers walk away with I call the ‘Artist Palette’, and on this Palette are: Negative Space, Vanishing Point, Perspective, Tension, Pattern, Texture, Color, and Line. The most important of the elements is Light, and we spend a lot of time working on it.

The above photo, taken in week three by one of my students, has several of the elements from his new ‘Artist Palette’. Can you see them?

When you look at the following slideshow from my part I class, you will see the ‘Artist Palette’ in action. As a result, these same photos, were taken from non professional fellow photographers whose only requirement for taking my class is a desire for improvement in the way they approach their photography, a good working knowledge of their camera and be able to shoot on the manual setting; passion also helps.

As you can see, these images are a definite cut above and in a lot of instances memorable. Btw, in my classes, my goal is to make you a better photographer not a better computer artist, so no post production of any kind or cropping is allowed so all the photos you see were taken “in the camera”.


Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com and be sure to check out my 2013 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. Come work on your ‘Artist Palette’ with me some time.

Don’t forget to send me a photo and question to: AskJoeB@gmail.com.


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