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Composition - Seeing the shot

You can have $10,000 in gear and have taken dozens of technical classes. You know all about focus, exposure, blah blah blah. But your photos still aren't standing out. The critical element here is SEEING and COMPOSING a great photo. 

Neil Munson, one of our members, approached me on this topic. I have always admired Neil's abilities to frame a shot creatively. He and I have come up with a great meetup topic.  We are going to talk for about 30-45 minutes and show several examples. We are then going to a location and practice these concepts. We are going to address questions like: 

1. When you scene that makes you go "Wow" the first question is why? 

2. What do you want to communicate with this photo? 

3. How are you going to best approach the subject and setup the shot. 

4. What difference does point of view make? 

5. Just how much of the scene do you need to capture

6. Are there any compelling compositional elements you want to incorporate? 

We have locations for both good and bad weather scenarios. 

Let me just acknowledge Neil for stepping up with an idea that he is willing to lead/co-lead. I look forward to more of you doing this in the coming season. 

Mark Chamberlin - SmarterPics

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  • Neil M.

    Thanks very much for the compliments and kind words. Boy, did I ever ramble and stray from my notes. Oh well, I will put together a document that gets to some of the points missed in the presentation.
    Even though it was very cold, I could see you all looking for geometry, textures, and working different perspectives. It really shows in your photos that were submitted - that's exciting.

    April 23, 2014

  • Jim R.

    Great presentation and project

    April 18, 2014

  • Mark C.

    THANKS Neil for taking the lead on this. You did a great job on the topic. We packed the room!

    Anyone else have an idea??

    April 17, 2014

  • Franklin C.

    An interesting review of how to compose shots. Thanks to the presenter

    April 16, 2014

  • Shu-I

    Are we going to the old town? I. V a tennis lesson at 8, so I need to leave at 7:30.

    April 16, 2014

    • Mark C.

      Just stay as long as you can. We start at the usual classroom.

      April 16, 2014

    • Shu-I

      Sorry, I m behind schedule. Therefore cannot make it tonight.

      April 16, 2014

  • Sudharshanraj

    Hi - I am planning on attending this. This is the first time I am coming, what all gears should I bring with me ? Any particular lens or something ?!


    April 15, 2014

    • Mark C.

      A mid range zoom should fine. You won't need a lot of gear this time.

      April 16, 2014

  • Jo Reed G.

    Are we meeting at our regular space and walking up town or in that main parking lot of Turner and Grand River? Thanks!

    April 16, 2014

    • Mark C.

      We are starting at the classroom. We will move to the fish ladders after about an hour.

      April 16, 2014

  • Mark C.

    We are going to spend a good portion of the meet up shooting out in the old town area. Don't pack a lot of gear. Bring a lens or two if you want to play around. Probably a mid range Zoom would be just fine

    April 15, 2014

  • Gerry F.

    oh I want to go but my brother is coming to town on wednesday so I can't make it this is a good topic and I would enjoy being there

    April 15, 2014

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