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Foundations of Composition - Class #3

This is a beginners series on the Fundamentals of Composition, Class #3.

How to get into this class.

There are 30 spots for this meetup. Put yourself on the wait-list to get in. Priority is given to those who have attended the prior classes. I have to manually move people on and I do this from the wait-list. If you aren't on the wait-list I can't put you in the class. I know, it's a pain, but believe me, this is a bigger pain for me than for you.

Agenda

• Review previous lecture points
• Critique your homework shots
• Watch videos by Ben Long

There are 4 more classes that will build upon each other. If you can not attend all you can go to Lynda.com and follow along there.

In this class, you will learn

Using the camera to manipulate the shot
-Perspective
-Symmetry
-Focal length, camera position, and depth
Shooting Best Practises
Balance Indepth
-How rectangular frames are weighted
-Tonal balance
-etc

Attendance

This is a highly sought after class and we had many no shows. I'm expanding the group to 30, but if we continue to have no shows I'll have to charge a nominal fee for attendance in order to allow everyone in who wants to attend.

This weeks shooting assignment and homework

1. Use the rules we learned in class 2,
Find and shoot these compositional elements
–Points
–Lines
–Shapes
–Repetition
–Rule of 3

Upload photos to http://www.flickr.com/groups/mtsphotoclass/ and tag class#3. We will review these starting when the first few people arrive!

2. Take 50 shots of one subject
(upload your best two)

3. Go to Flickr or 500PX.com find 3-5 photos of ordinary objects taken from an unique perspective
Cut and past the url's into the comment box.

What to bring

Bring pen and paper, snacks, drinks. You will be LEARNING a lot of rules and techniques and will want to study this information until it is second nature. When you get into a photographic situation where you can't find the shot or are overwhelmed, you will be able to fall back to these learnings and walk away with  great shots.

Camera

You can use any type of camera. Composition is about lining up your subject in the viewfinder, however this class is best served by those with a camera that can control depth of field and shutter speed. Also if you have a telephoto or multiple lenses. No need to bring your camera.

Prerequisites:

It is not necessary but you should familiarize yourself with:

Over and underexposure
Depth of field
Camera position
Focal length
Motion stopping
Speed of a lens
The functionality of your camera’s features and button layout.

Parking

There is plenty of free parking but arrive early.

Special thanks to Colleen Kelly who is providing the space at Bandia Rua Studios to host this meetup. If you need studio rental time, talk to Colleen.

Cheers,


Michael

 

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  • Mary

    Great class, Michael! Looking forward to Class #4.

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • william P Y.

    Very informative.

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well prepared
    Interesting discussion and preparation by instructor

    August 29, 2013

  • Greg

    Gave up; 55 min from Bothell to Northgate on I-5

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am soooo sorry I missed the class!!!! I missed the express bus by seconds and the next bus at 6:30 would have taken almost an hour to get downtown and then I would have had to transfer to the D Line. Conclusion: I arrive, class is over. :( Poop!

    August 29, 2013

  • Debbi G.

    Stuck at work. I have a huge presentation due tomorrow by 8:30. I did take photos and I will upload them.

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been really busy with shoots on Jetty Island before the end of the season so I'll upload my compo shots to Flickr tomorrow before I leave for the class. If I get time, I'll post the 500px photos. I'll try not to use my own. ;) (jk)

    August 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay, got mine uploaded as well as my 2 out of 50. I hope that didn't have to be as static item. I was shooting the same bird for over 200 frames and chose 2 of those. See you tonight. :)

      August 29, 2013

  • Michael T.

    How is the home work coming along? I don't see any uploads!!! Those pictures aren't going to taken themselves.!!!!

    August 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      me, either. Uploaded photos I shot last weekend, they more like lines and rule of 3,
      The photos I found took ordinary objects from an unique perspective, the links are as flows:
      http://www.flickr.com...­
      http://deannefitzmaur...­
      http://www.flickr.com...­

      August 29, 2013

    • Carl

      I think I might be reviewing pics and uploading my homework to the Flickr group during the few minutes prior to class. I've been home waiting for UPS to bring some new toys, so lost a large part of the day.

      August 29, 2013

  • amy s.

    Sorry! I have a family obligation today! See you next week.

    August 29, 2013

  • Nicole

    Joining ( again) at the last minute and hoping to jump on board.. well I just checked out 500px and so doing that part of the homework Building
    http://500px.com/photo/19201357

    Fork
    http://500px.com/photo/1623066

    Spiral bound book
    http://500px.com/photo/35271134

    Straws
    http://500px.com/photo/10407483

    Sandal
    http://500px.com/photo/36096426

    August 28, 2013

  • John98103

    Won't be able to make it.

    August 28, 2013

  • murugan

    Will miss this week....due to other commitment.

    August 27, 2013

  • Jasmin

    I somehow thought classes were every other week -- didn't notice class 3 was this coming Thursday. Unfortunately, I have another commitment.

    August 27, 2013

  • Dipankar G.

    Will miss this one due to some other commitment :(

    August 27, 2013

  • Michael T.

    I'm going to add the wait listed people tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

    August 27, 2013

  • Michael T.

    Don't for get your homework!

    August 26, 2013

    • Michael T.

      Find and shoot these compositional elements
      - Points
      - Lines
      - Shapes
      - Repeating Elements
      - Rule of 3
      Tag Class#2

      August 26, 2013

    • Michael T.

      On Flickr or 500PX.com find 3-5 photos of common objects shoot from an unique perspective.

      August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No plans! :)

    August 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      BTW ... the 'super' yacht should still be moored at Pier 99! I'm going to head down there after the class to ogle and tsk over the gross conspicuous consumption and then take a gazillion photos! ;)

      August 23, 2013

    • Michael T.

      Awesome Donna. Thanks for letting us know about other cool photography opportunities.

      August 24, 2013

  • Judy B.

    Beginner photographer working hard at improving my skills

    August 23, 2013

  • Brent

    Unfortunately I'll have to miss this one. I'll be in Atlanta.

    August 23, 2013

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