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Student’s Work: September Classes

Shot by Ana in her vineyard.

Shot by Ana in her vineyard.

As I’ve mentioned before, I teach an online class with the BPSOP, and I conduct my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops around our planet. Actually, I teach three online classes. A part I, part II, and a class on the six concepts in the psychology of Gestalt.

Coming from a background in art rather than photography, I studied the basic elements of visual design, and now I show my fellow photographers how to incorporate these same elements into their imagery: Line, Pattern, Texture, Shape, Form, Balance, as well as negative space, perspective, vanishing points, shadows, and silhouettes are introduced in my part I and II classes.

Each week of a four week class I give a different lesson, and my students are to work with these elements while composing their photos. After the four weeks, they now have what I refer to as an Artist Palette, and these elements are on it.

In my Gestalt, students had to have taken my first two classes before signing up. In this class I show my students how to manage what the viewer perceives and processes when looking at the visual information we lay out to him in the form of a photograph. We work on the six concepts: Figure-Ground, Similarity, Law of C0mmon Fate, Continuance, Closure, and Proximity.

In this slideshow are photos from all three classes, and I hope you are as impressed as I am as how their level of photography jumped up several levels from where they began.


Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and check out my 2016 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. Come shoot with me sometime. In conjunction with the Santa Fe Workshops, I’ll be leading a group to Cuba for the third time next March. Come join me in what I’ll guarantee you to be an amazing experience, and you’ll return home with memorable photos from a wonderful country.

Don’t forget to send me a photo and question to: AskJoeB@gmail.com and I’ll create a video for you.


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