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The Take Ten Suggestion

In the ongoing challenge of teaching photography I have a new idea. As an instructor I have noticed that we teach technique in numbers to get desired results in depth of field, exposure etc. There is nothing wrong with this approach except we don't seem to explain the art and beauty in what we are trying to capture. If a student can see and understand what we see in the scene I think they will better understand our methods. For this reason I am offering "The Take 10 Suggestion". Take 10 seconds to 10 minutes to explain exactly what your experienced eye sees in this scene and why you think it needs to be captured in photography. You will be conveying the essence of art that lives within photography. The next time you are in a field workshop and try "The Take Ten Suggestion" I would be interested in your results and suggestions.

Sincerely,
William E. Spruance
 



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Judging Photography

I have had the privilege of serving as a photography judge in south Florida since 2005. During my experiences I have found several short comings in photography judging methods. Let's assume the judge is represented by box A and the photographers image is box B.
1> Never ever try to put box B into box A.
2> Judge the image on it's own merits not what you would have done with it.
3> Photographers try to convey their representation of a subject in an aesthetically pleasing , artistic and accurate image. Try to understand the intention of the artist.
4> Basic considerations for judging photographs include sharpness, contrast, brightness, composition, hue, color saturation, impact and many others. These are obvious traits to look for after you have given the image time to make an impression in your mind.
5> Photography is art and all art will not fit in box A unless you look for it and judge it for it's own originality and composition.
6> After you have made positive comments on the image, make positive suggestions on how to strengthen what you believe to be the artists impression and intended direction of the image. Encouragement - the act of giving hope and support to someone.
7> In order to maintain a current perspective on photography you need to attend exhibitions like the Las Olas Arts Fair on a regular basis. Here you will learn up and coming trends in all aspects of art including photography. When you view art, listen to what others are saying about what they see and like about others art. It may give you different perspective on the art of seeing!

Your comments are always welcome,
William Spruance
 

Wildlife & Nature Photography

Photography Quotations from Brainy Quote:

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
Dorothea Lange
 
Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.
Edward Steichen

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
Ansel Adams

 

 



 


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