An Analytical Approach to Shooting Your Subject

I will be dusting my presentation on the rules of graphics design and how this play into my approach to photography for the Muskegon Camera Club.

There are a universal set of graphic design rules and guidelines on why we find some visual objects more appealing than others. What makes a good photograph is normally in "the eye of the beholder" and are influenced by personal preference and experience. Lucky photographers are born with a "good eye" and have the ability to shoot on only intuition and "gut feel".
Being not blessed with the "eye" and having an analytic approach (I'm a software engineer), I had to understand these design guidelines in order to improve my own photography.

I will share my mental check list of design principles and how it can be applied to a single shooting situation. Approaching a subject with such a check list allows you to actively look for strong design elements and discover compositions that are not always apparent. This will translate to better compositions and skills to quantitatively evaluate and critique your own and other work.

The presentation illustrates these principles on how I used them to capture the Grand Haven Lighthouse.

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  • roger j.

    Interesting I like the examples demonstrating your ideas

    May 15, 2013

  • Barb L.

    Very informative presentation with points to remember whenever out shooting!

    May 15, 2013

  • Gert W.

    If posted the list of 16 compositional design elements to my facebook page at

    May 15, 2013

  • William E.

    Are you meeting in the same building they meet in last year to judge the SWMCCC competition.

    April 25, 2013

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