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Introduction to Photography (PART 2) - composition and portraits

RICCARDO MIGLIORE, Pax et Bonum

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6 Videos (15m)
    • INTRO

      1:52
    • PART 1 THE RULE OF THIRDS

      1:49
    • PART 2 SYMMETRICAL VS ASYMMETRICAL COMPOSITION

      2:06
    • PART 3 FRAMING FROM ABOVE OR BELOW THE MODEL'S SIGHTLINE

      2:41
    • PART 4 THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MODEL

      4:21
    • PROJECT

      2:40

About This Class

This second class is about composition and we also introduce the portraying of the human being, that is, photographing people instead of objects. In the first class I highlighted the importance of the photographer's glance. Doesn't matter if you use a cell phone or a prosumer camera, or even a professional one. Behind a camera there's a human eye, a way to see things, a philosophy, a culture, a political view. Photography is also a path to self discovery. You guys seen that it's very important to awaken your visual consciousness, feeding yourselves with images and also taking lots of pictures and criticize yourselves, choosing a very few of them or maybe just one.

Well, in this second class I introduce composition: the rule of thirds, symmetrical VS asymmetrical composition, above VS below the sightline (of your model), and above all, the importance of the relationship that you create with your model, even if you take pictures of a stranger in the street. It could be a two minutes relationship, but still, it's a human interaction. There must be empathy, otherwise it won't work. There must be harmony between you and the model: the picture, i mean, a good picture is a result of this empathy. A photographer, even a very good one, doesn't make the whole thing to happen by his/her own. A good picture, in case of a portrait or whatever kind of photography focused on a human being (street, wedding, fashion photography etc.) is the result of the complicity between the photographer and the person who's been portrayed.

And of course, the project, at this time, will be about taking pictures of a human being, someone close to you or maybe a stranger in the street, or in the fields (countryside etc). You'll be asked to take several pictures in order to choose one of them to be posted below the class.

Beautiful clicks guys!!

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RICCARDO MIGLIORE

Pax et Bonum

Italian, living in Brazil since 2005, i'm a videomaker, photographer, PHD candidate in Literature and Film, Master in Communication and Media Cultures. At the end of May i've started up my own business as a micro-entrepreneur, photographer and videomaker.

As a videomaker i've been awarded for the best medium lenght film at an international film festival called "Mostra de Cinema e Direitos Humanos na Am?rica do Sul" (edition 2011), a hhuge human rights film festivals for South American ...

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