By Matthew G
Week 1: Leading Lines
Leading lines are one of the most effective and under-utilized compositional tools available to photographers. They're used to draw a viewer's attention to a specific part of the frame, whether it's a person, or a vanishing point in the background of the frame.
Week 2: Natural Frames
Natural Framing in photography refers to the photographer using natural elements to frame a subject. Such elements include trees, door frames, windows, light, even people!
Week 3: Negative Space
Negative space is the area between and around objects in a photo. This week, we used negative space to see and highlight shapes and sizes more effectively, and produce better composed images.
Week 4: Symmetry
Although there are several different types of symmetry, in photography the most common method of achieving symmetry is by creating an image which can be divided into two equal parts which are mirror images of each other. The line that splits a symmetrical object is called the Line of Symmetry. Symmetry can be either vertical (left and right halves being symmetrical) or horizontal (top and bottom halves being symmetrical).
Week 5: Black and White
This week, we explored how to compose and edit black and white photography. We discussed Ansel Adams' work, the concepts of contrast and monochrome, and flat vs. rich editing. We then participated in a scavenger hunt in order to create our images.
Week 6: Aperture
This was the first week that we moved from the auto setting on the camera to a more manual approach. We started with Aperture. We learned about bokeh, depth of field, and f-stops. We also learned how to manually move the focus point in the viewfinder, so we had more control over the subject. The goal of the assignment was to take a picture where the subject is in focus and the background is blurry.
Week 7: Portraits
We used our knowledge of aperture and focus points to take portraits of each other. First, we researched famous portrait photographers. Then, once we found a style we liked, we practiced our skills on each other.