February 2008

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Leaving the study of LINE behind, having recognised its power to direct and set up an architectural structure to a photograph we are now going to go another direction where we are going to make the viewer grasp a bit in order to get a foothold on what they are looking at.

Compositional Elements assignment 3

DUE DATE – 06:03:07 @ 6:30 pm.


Using the camera to capture that which the eye does not see is a very effective tool in creating creative, punchy images. There are many ways in which this can be achieved – over/ under exposure, white balance play, dramatic out of focus images, intentional blur, obscure cropping, colour play through colour filtration. And all of these are obtained by adjusting the controls on the camera and nothing else.

Y our assignment for next class is to have a selection of 10 images which have been created by turning the real into the surreal simply by amplifying the controls on the camera to create effects. You are now taking the rules and tech knowledge that you learned over the workshop and going against the grain. Getting magical and creating, making.

Enjoy your adventure!


Kate and Gerard





















Oooooo…. you know what day it is today — assignment due day! And Julia will be with you now so you have to be on your best behaviour.

I have really enjoyed working with you and watching the work blossom to another level. I hope you are feeling you are becoming better photographers and better at understanding and appreciating photography.

Thought we would place a calendar of events up here for you so you know what to expect over the next five weeks. So here it goes:

W6. Light assignment due/Editing/ Crit and discussions/ Review of Construct and assignment given. Download assignment HERE.

W7. Construct assignment due/ Editing/ Crit and discussions/ Review of Style and assignment given.

W8. Gallery or Lab tour/ Concept assignment given.

W9. Style assignment due/ Concept discussions.

W10. Concept assignment due and closings.

Have a great five weeks and I look forward to seeing your work on Flickr.


Hello. Well here we go … learning about these amazingly complexed tools in our hands in the form of the camera. Above is an image which is one of my better selling stock images. It was not a difficult shot to take at all. I was just observing and was ready for what was about to happen. It was all about time and place and all the little things in between which you will learn about over the next ten weeks.

Seeing and visualising also produced these works:






Before we begin – let’s take a look ahead to our weeks together.

W1. Introduction/ Exploration/ introduction of vocabulary/ registration to online gallery.

W2. Shutter speed explore/ lab 1.

W3. Shutter speed review/ lab 1 due/ Aperture explore/ lab 2.

W4. Aperture review/ lab 2 due/ Metering/lab 3.

W5. Lab 3 due/ Focal length/ white balance/ image type and file size.

W6. Visit to professional lab.

W7. Aesthetics and Concepts – lecture in composition with “line” lab.

W8. Line due. Review and discuss/ Mood in photography with “colour” lab.

W9. Colour lab due/ Light in photography with “light” lab.

W10. Light lab due/Class reviews and comments/Exhibition.

We begin the course by introducing the terminology and concepts behind the following:

By the end of the class most of you will able to successfully produce your first manual exposure and understand what was technically happening between the subject matter and the available light and the combination of iso, shutterspeed, and aperture you chose and metered for.

Your homework over the next week is to set up a photographic account to view your images in places like Flickr or something similar.

Have a great week!


Howdy gang. Welcome to my blog. Have some fun poking around here if you’d like.

Now for the video assignment I have given you these just to inspire — to begin examining the effect of mixing visuals with music and how your opinion/ mood can be altered by involving the hearing sense, and how your opinion of the music can be shifted by pictures are feeding you with an imposed perspective. Also consider the tone of each – does the music overpower the imagery or vice versa or is it a synchronised blend which takes you to a higher state of appreciation for both. An important item to consider is how long your patience in the video is and note when/ at what time you being getting “bored” with it — try going through a bunch of videos here on YouTube and see what your interest threshold is. Please watch them through to the end because during some of them there is a shift in the flow.


Hong Kong Night Show

A reaction to the Iraq War

Mountain biker



Virginia Tech


Fun use of Polaroid look – Sia

Sabastien Salgado

A geologist’s dream?




A fabulous workshop and thank you to everyone who attended. I wish you the very best in your photographic journey and look forward to seeing your new work in the future.

New Work


road side, Arizona 2007

Compositional Elements assignment.

DUE DATE – 28:02:08 @ 6:30 pm.


The formation of line allows the eye to be led through a photograph. It is a strong compositional element which can form directions for the viewer when the viewer looks at the work. Line can set boundaries, define shape, evoke mood, or most accessible lead the viewer towards a direction.

Exercise No.1

Produce 10 images that show line. It can be a literal documentation or something which you observe and organise pictorially. Be sure that LINE dominates the photograph. Use this word “line” to be the stimulant to thinking and observing the world in this way. Suddenly lines will pop up all around you and some will even make great images!



road in grey by Karl Grupe

Think of the shape of line, the direction, the colour. Think of plays on the word of “line” and see if something clever comes up. Whatever you do use “line” as an inspiration and then as you begin to record it, as you are shooting keep asking yourself “how can I make this clearer or better – how can I improve on this.” This focus should pave way towards stronger image making.

Enjoy and see you next week back at the ranch.

In tonight’s study we discovered that we can use FAST shutter speed to record and FREEZE :

fast moving water/ waterdroplets

birds in flight/wildlife

vehicles in transport


carnival rides

air shows

sporting events

hyper kids/ parties

people movement/ facial – expressions


SLOW shutterspeed allows us to BLUR to

emphasise movement – dance

distorts the object – to give a colour wash

abstracts the person, place or thing




FOR NEXT WEEK Now that you are using shutterspeed, aperture, iso and metering we are going to move into compositional work. Our first study is COLOUR.


Over the course of the week seek out images which emphasise COLOUR. Colour will dominate the composition of your work. For next week please have eight to twelve images loaded on your Flickr account that show your interpretation and discovery of COLOUR.


We witnessed your works on playing with APERTURE to control the DEPTH OF FIELD in order to select an area of the image that you wished to remain sharp and then send the rest of the image into a gradual softer focus. The images were successful although there were some exposure teethinh problems with synchronising shutter speed to accommodate alterations in your aperture reading. We went through the adjusting EXPOSURE VALUES in order to make things right.

For your next weeks assignment the goal is to focus on SHUTTER SPEED and have two photographs showing an object blurred through movement and an object frozen in movement while keeping the EXPOSURE VALUE the same.

An example of each up on Flickr for February 7th please.



For those of you who have completed the PORTRAIT assignment – here is an advanced preview of what is coming up for submission and examination on February 26th, 2008.

Your next assignment will be one which is inspired by the greatest contributor to the “wow” factor of photography – LIGHT. This assignment will have you chasing light – looking only at light and its qualities and photographing it — what it falls onto or illuminates is secondary – the key point here is to shoot images of light.

The two images below were shot simply on a camera phone. Nothing else was done to them. So you don’t need to make the assignment hard on yourself by forcing to find things – just look and see and respond. Look at light and how it works itself around a subject – either artificial or natural light — open yourself up to being drawn into the light first.


For next class after we return from our midterm break, please have in your Flickr portfolio a minimum if ten light inspired images. ENJOY!

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