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Most classes and books on photography composition contain the same information they did 25 years ago. The rules don't change and most books only show great examples of photography without showing you how to apply it to your photography. In the next hour, Scott plans to change that.
Scott takes 5 minutes to go over the 5 main "rules" of photographic composition to refresh everyone's memory before moving on.
Secret #1: "Work the Scene." Professionals try a bunch of different things during a shoot. By sharing some less than perfect shots, Scott shows the audience how he tried several different things at a photo shoot until he got the shot he wanted. Tip: Make a shot list.
Many times, you'll happen upon something that you inherently know will make a good shot, but when you press the button - not so much. Scott shares more examples of the multiple angles and approaches he takes to one subject in order to find what it was that his mind knew would be a good shot.
Once you get to the point where you know you are hitting on the angle or approach that makes the shot, work the settings (#2) then work the sharpness (#3).
Find the distracting things, simplify the image, move the photographer.
Learn to only show your absolute best stuff. Scott illustrates this by showing two very similar, but drastically different slide shows.
Take a good look at the work of the photographers you like and figure out what it is that you like. It will give you insights to your own work.
Scott gives you a quick list of takeaways for you to keep in mind for the next time you shoot.
Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, training director and instructor for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, President National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), CEO of Kelby Media Group, author…