This is a very interesting Challenge. Click on the link to read Otto’s Challenge if you wish.
Otto von Munchow offered up the following Challenge to his followers…….. https://munchow.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/another-challenge/
Below I am posting two photos of the many I shot attempting to break some of the 10 photography rules.
“In Photography and the Art of Seeing, Freeman Patterson recommends writing down a list of rules we assume to be true of photography… and then break them. Here are ten rules that recur repeatedly”:
1) Focus on the centre of interest.
2) Fill the frame with the subject.
3) Do not shoot between 10 am and 3 pm (the light is too harsh).
4) Don’t shoot against the light.
5) Hold the camera steady.
6) Follow the rule of third, e.g. 1/3 sky and 2/3 land or vice versa.
7) Obey the light meter.
8) Photograph children (or pets) at their own eye level.
9) Avoid lens flare when shooting against the sun.
10) Keep the camera level with the horizon.
Ok, here is my list I took outside with me and used to break these rules listed above.
I want to:
Shoot between 10 and 3.
Move the camera (up and down on trees). I didn’t move the camera but I thought to wait for the wind to move/blur the foreground pine branch a bit.
Shoot against the light.
Shoot with subject in center. (Actually my subject in mind was to have the exposure good enough to see detail in the tree bark and trees and not worry about anything else (Like I usually do!).
Create lens flare shooting into the sun.
Not have everything (the horizon, distortion) exact and precise. This shooting experience was painful letting go of looking for everything to be perfectly aligned etc.
Posted two photos because I couldn’t pick one!@!
Wrap Up Thoughts:
Just heading out to do this challenge was so informative. I hated having to go against the rules. I couldn’t even concentrate on what I wanted or what to do differently. But I shot some photos. I kept my ISO high so that I could see detail on the forefront subjects – cabin porch, trees etc. Typically I expose for the skyline using exposure bracketing. So having the entire background exposure blown out ……And having the starburst blown out went against my instinct. But I did it. Because it was so bright outside I couldn’t really see the LCD previews of what any of the photos really looked like. But I kept shooting. Again, making me feel frustrated.
When I got inside and looked at all the photos I was seeing a different kind of shot than I normally shoot. I was mildly enjoying the different exposures, the less than perfect composition and what showed up as the subject.
What was most important in this challenge was doing what was against my nature. I am such a robot, doing the same thing over and over again. Just going out when I didn’t want to, shooting how I didn’t want to shoot, opened my eyes to the importance of doing this exercise more and more and seeing what comes to me from doing it. Practice brings change and I am definitely interested in seeing what change will come.
Thanks Otto for this challenge.
Jen and I wanted to move forward today on completing Unit 4 of the New York Institute of Photography course we are taking. I was really looking forward to getting back on track with studying, shooting and completing the course. So when JJ was here last week talking about an upcoming photo shoot he had and needed tips on portraiture photography I invited him to join me and Jen today.
Boy did we have fun using the small green guest bedroom for our home studio. It was cramped but we made it work. It was great learning from each other. And did we laugh a lot? Yes we did!
From two to six today Jen and I finally got back to practicing Unit 4 in our 6 Unit NYIP Course. There are 5 or 6 Lessons in this Unit and for this assignment we were practicing north facing window light coupled with a reflector on the shady side. We added the Westcott Apollo Orb softbox (above camera) and liked the lighting best.
5d Mark III
85mm L 1.2 lens USM
I’m attending the online New York Institute of Professional Photography School. I haven’t worked on Unit 3 (of this 6 Unit Course) since last August even though I love the course. Today I finished Unit 3 and look forward to moving on to Unit 4 which is all about Portraiture.
I took the online test. Listened to all the audio CDs and DVD. Below are the photo assignments that I just printed out and will be mailing to the school tomorrow.
Jen and I spent almost 3 hours next to the I-10 Freeway in the middle of all the windmills tonight. The truckers had fun honking their horns at us. We are definitely addicted to the joy of photographing new subjects. Jen shot with me for my Betterphoto.com Lesson #2 assignment (taught by Jim Zuckerman). I had to express one or more of the following concepts:
transportation, communication, office stress, competitions, winning, power, depression, the future.
I have made subtle references here on this blog, but have been a bit timid to share that I am enrolled in the New York Institute of Professional Photography Full Course. It’s a 1 year to 1 1/2 year course that you can take up to three years to finish. Right up my ally….on my time, not in-classroom time.
I have wanted to take this NYIP course for the last 3 years. I’ve been afraid to sign up because I have always had trouble learning (on the spot learning) like in a classroom environment. In order for me to remember and understand something I have to study on my own time, and physically and repetitively do whatever it is I’m trying to learn many times before any understanding comes. I’ve struggled with this problem my entire life but only learned other people learned things very differently than I do in the last twenty years or so.
I talked Jen into taking this course when she showed an interest in learning photography. She signed up. Jen teaches advanced students at a local private school and has NO trouble learning ANYTHING! Then I talked Stacy into signing up for the NYIP course after she started her adventure in learning to be a videographer and I realized she didn’t know how to “drive” her camera. (Forgive me Stacy:-) Now both my friends are taking this course I want to take but am too afraid to sign up for.
Finally I signed up too. This was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. I love sharing my love of photography with the girls and we get triple the benefit of being in the school together since we get to learn not only from our own homework video critiques but each others’ critiques too. I haven’t been this happy, ever!
Phew. There it is out there for anyone to read. Linda is in school! Yikes.
There are 6 Units of Study (each Unit jammed packed with a number of audio CD’s, DVD’s, multiple Lesson books for each Unit, other phamplet books, and of course tests and Photo Assignments we shoot for, print out and mail in to the school for audio critique. This is a serious course!
Last night Jen and I shot photos in the Palm Springs area, for our Unit Two Photo Assignment. (I got a good critique on my Unit 1 photos:-)). According to the NYIP assignment, there are three shots we are supposed to hand in. We have recently discovered we are allowed to turn in up to 7 photos for critique!!!!!
Photograph #1 – Emphasize a subject by its size and off-center placement. We are to make a horizontal photograph where the subject is both very large and placed somewhat off to the side, following the “Rule of Thirds”. If the subject is looking or moving in a certain direction, leave more space in front of it than behind it.
Photograph #2 – Use framing to focus attention on your subject. Photograph an object, person, or scene, framing it with tree branches, an archway, a window, or other objects.
Photograph #3 – Using leading lines to draw attention to your subject, photograph a person or object using leading lines to guide the viewer’s eye to the subject. If the subject is relatively small, be sure it contrasts well with the background.
Our attention in this Unit is Exposure and Focus.
The school has 3 Guidelines which I am finally beginning to practice with some regularity:
1. What is the subject – the theme – I want this photograph to be about?
2. How can I focus attention on my subject and draw the viewer’s eye to it?
3. Have I simplified? Have I included only what draws attention to my subject, and have I eliminated everything that is non essential or distracting?
Thanks to my mentor and teacher for the last 5 years, Carol Leigh, I am well on my way to understanding the value of these 3 Guidelines. I would never have had the courage to sign up for this class without Carol’s professional and fun, instructive, talented and gentle ways of teaching.
So…..below are some photos from last night’s shooting in Palm Springs. I don’t know if I’ll use any of these photos for this Unit Two Class Assignment but I was happy with what I shot. I’ll add the Photo Assignment # (1, 2, or 3) to any I’m considering to print and send in to the school.
Canon 7D, EF 70-200mm lens, ISO 400