Photography School Asia's Lesson Of The Creative Photography
This was my Photography Club's Assignment and Workshop Last Month, I thought I would share it. It was aimed at regular members and students who are intermediate in level but if this turns out popular I will add more post from basic workshops to advanced.
Aims and Targets:
1. Discus and decide what is meant by the term Creative Photography. Photography is an art form right? And as such surely all photography is creative? If that is the case what about the standard advertising ‘pack shot’ you see in everyday life, where an image has gone through a step by step stage and the photographer is no more than a technician lighting and producing what the client and advertising men want.
2. Use the internet and book resources to examine different photographers and styles of work. Decide what and who you like, decide if their work falls into the category of Creative Photography.
3. Discus the different methods to achieve creative photographs, slow shutter speeds, night photography, HDR photography, still life and external lighting photographs. What is the percentage of technical understanding to artistic understanding that makes a picture creative? Do you feel that using too much technique can overpower the intent of the image and therefore distract from what you was trying to achieve.
4. Produce five photographs using different techniques that you feel merit the term Creative Photography. For this you can use any of the techniques discussed. But remember there must be substance and feeling to your photographs not just technical understanding. Creative photography at its best must resonate with the viewer.
Some photographic ideas to this about.
Shadow: Consider making shadow the main subject of the image.
Reflections: Consider photographing using a reflective surface to shot off.
Movement: This could mean a slow shutter speed to give blur or a fast one to catch something not normally detectable by the eye.
Feelings: Capture a subject showing emotion, or produce a photograph that produces an emotional response by the viewer.
Altering Reality: Change and manipulate your environment to help make a statement or provoke the viewer.
Remember to make use of use- Light and Form, Line and Curves, Abstraction, Colour, Tone, Black & White, Vantage Point & Angle.
But most of all remember, real ‘Creative Photography’ must come from your own emotional response to the world and be a reflection of your feelings for it. Put yourself into your work and make a statement.