Introduction to Photography (PART 2) - composition and portraits Premium class

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 América do Sul" (edition 2011), a hhuge human rights film festivals for South American films. The festival is held in every single Brazilian State Capitals (26 cities plus Brasília, the Federal Capital) and what i'm more proud about: it is the audience who vote and choose the best short, medium and feature films. Furthermore, my documentary was a one-man-crew project, that is, i've written, directed, produced, shot, edited (...). I won another award at a local Northeastern (Brazilian) environmental film festival.   

What else, my no budget one-man-crew productions have been selected by approximately forty film festivals all across Brazil and i also screened my productions in the US, Italy, Greece, Mexico and Zanzibar.  

As a scholar i've published a book about documentary and mise and scene, in which i analyse three non-fiction classics such as Buñuel's "Las hurdes" (1933), Jean Rouch's "Mad masters" (1955) and Artavazd Pelèshian's "Vremena goda - Seasons of the year" (1975). 

I've been teaching several workshops and short-courses like introduction to videomaking, introduction to documentary making, introduction to photography, documentaries and “mise en scène”, at the Federal University of Campina Grande (Brazil), Escola Virgem de Lourdes (Campina Grande, Brazil), Universidade Potiguar (Natal, Brazil) and Unifavip (Caruaru, Brazil).

Feel free to like my Facebook' s page www.facebook.com/riccardomigliorefilmesefotografia/

And also feel free to follow me on Instagram @rickymigliorefotografia

Well, i'm such an enthusiastic person (even after all!), i like to make friends, i'm quite curious (my productions confirm this point..i've made documentaries on the following subject matters: psychiatric reform in Brazil, MMA, a lonely fisherman/countryman, a transsexual, an old choro master (choro or chorinho is considered to be Brazilian Jazz), a small city contaminated by uranium, a dam contaminated by every kind of toxic substances, a dancer and a le parkour athlete, between others.

And in photography i'm also attracted by several subject matters and genres, such as social/street, portrait, fashion, ethnographic photography, stage and concert photography, landscape photography etc. And amongst my references, of course, i have to mention the Sicilian Master Ferdinando Scianna, who for sure, is quite an eclectic photographer.

Take care everybody,

Peace!