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Learning to Shoot Photographically
Bill Fortney
with Bill Fortney
Combine the art and the craft of photography together to see your subjects in a whole new ways. Professional photographer Bill Fortney walks through how to recognize form, line, co... READ MORE
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Learning to Shoot Photographically
lessons: 6 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 27min
published: 2012
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Learning to Shoot Photographically
with Bill Fortney
Combine the art and the craft of photography together to see your subjects in a whole new ways. Professional photographer Bill Fortney walks through how to recognize form, line, color, light, and design in the world around you and use that to compose breathtaking images. Discover what it takes to create artistic photographs that really tell a story. <br> <br> This class is perfect for a beginner photographer looking to find inspiration and develop photographic eyes to visualize art in the world around them. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: The Art and the Craft (free course preview)

Understanding the technical side of photography, the craft, will allow you to capture an image, but coupling the craft with your vision is what enables you to create art. In this first lesson we'll focus on some of the fundamentals of the craft, but the rest of the class will be devoted to the art.

10min, 22sec
lesson 2: Two Types of Light

There are two types of light: specular and diffused. Learning how to recognize the properties and characteristics of each type of light will inform you of the photographs you can make in a given scene.

18min, 52sec
lesson 3: How to Compose an Image

How do you create a photograph that says something to the viewer? The answer is to tell a story. The key to telling a good story is to remove all distraction and distill out only what is essential, and then arrange the remaining elements in the strongest manner possible. That is what composition is all about.

24min, 11sec
lesson 4: Dominant Element

When creating a photograph, you need to determine what is the most important thing in the scene, and then make that your dominant element. Is it a color, a symbol, a shape, a person, a relationship? Make your decision and then make that your dominant element, and everything else either supports it or is removed.

14min, 41sec
lesson 5: The Art of Extraction

The art of extraction is seeing the photograph within the photograph. Start with a wide view of the scene and then move in tighter and tighter, honing in on important detail each time.

9min, 34sec
lesson 6: Telling Your Story

There are many ways to tell your story. Can you include people in the scene to provide a sense of scale? How are you choosing to render motion? Are you using depth of field to support the dominant element in your story? All of these and more are techniques a photographer can use to say something to the viewer.

10min, 1sec
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Bill is one of America's premier photographers specializing in landscape, close-up, nature, Americana, and travel. In 1991, he and his wife Sherelene founded the Great American Photography Weekends leading over 250 events in every major national park and in Africa, Europe, Canada, and the Galapagos Islands. Now retired after 11 years with Nikon Professional Services, Bill teaches workshops through his company His Light Workshops.
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