In my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, and in my online class with the PPSOP, I teach fellow photographers how to incorporate the elements of Visual Design and composition into their imagery. Negative Space, Vanishing Point, Perspective, Tension, form, Shape, Pattern, Texture, Light, and Color are all permanently affixed to their new ‘Artist Palette’ when they complete the four week class or my one week workshops.
Several months ago I started a part II class where we continue on with more ways to take their photos what I refer to as, “Up a Notch”. We spend the first week just working on Line, since it’s the most important of all the basic elements of Visual Design. You see, nothing would exist without Line, planes, trains, automobiles and even people all have an “outLine”.
Also in my part II class we work on the Silhouette, and Shadows (Shadows are your best friend). Part II is when participants really start stretching their frame of mind through a series of assignments. In the photo of the two young girls, Stephanie was given the color red and the word “indifference” to use in a single photo. It’s a wonderful example of what the title to my class is all about. Not only does this photo contain several elements from her ‘Artist Palette’ from my part I class, and a great solution to the part II lesson at hand, but it’s also a perfect example of how shadows can make a huge difference in our photography. it’s certainly a benchmark for classes to come!!!
The following is a slideshow from my part II class. A first class collection of Lines, Silhouettes, Shadows, and all the elements they all brought with them from my part I course.
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