The single-most important route to great photography is composition. It’s not the camera, it’s your eye. Come with whatever you have. From smartphone to film to digital, from amateur to pro model, composition remains the same — and knowing how it works will change the way you look at the world through a lens. And the result.
In the first session we will work indoors examining scores of photos to flesh out the various ways of seeing, showing how each of these principals apply to the best of them. We’ll end the session with your own ‘favorite’ photos, one you took and one you found online, and sent in when you signed up for the course. You’ll be amazed how many followed the rules we’ll be exploring.
The second session begins with a quick refresher and then a few hours out shooting in and around the School, working to apply the varied rules of composition. In the first 15 minutes, we’ll all stand together with the teacher showing how to go about analyzing a scene for how best to frame the photo. The rest of the time you’ll be on your own finding the photos you want to take.
At home, students will select their 2 favorite photos from the shooting, and send them in so that in the final session we will project the results and each student will explain what made the cut and why. As a class, we will note how many followed ’the rules.’
Gerald Seligman has been a photographer since he was a kid, with many photos published in magazines, on album covers and exhibited in galleries. His work can be seen on https://www.instagram.com/