If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against | Transcription

Hopefully, you all have enjoyed the workshop so far, and there’s one bit of advice that I want to give you out, which is actually a word of advice that I got from a mutual friend of ours. Matt at one point … It was actually while he was teaching some of our employees. He said something that really stuck to me. He said, “If something is not working with your composition, it’s working against it.” It was a very black and white approach to basically what should be in a photograph and what should not be. That there was no gray area. When I first heard it, I was like, I don’t know if I agree with that, but then as I got to thinking about it, it was kind of like, yeah, that makes sense.

You can tell me if you agree or not. It made sense because in a photograph, if I’m shooting, say a couple and there’s some trees behind them, and there’s one tree that I don’t really like, but I don’t really mind it either. Well, if it’s not helping my composition, then it probably  is detracting from it, and my composition would that much better if it didn’t have it in there. It could really apply to anything in the image. If it’s not helping, it mostly likely is becoming something that’s detracting from the image.

Be intentional. Do I like it? Is it there for a reason? Otherwise, why have it at all?

We thought about the same thing in choosing our background behind us. I mean, when we were planning it, it was like if one of these objects isn’t really helping out, we probably should remove it from the scene. Otherwise, what is it doing there?

CHAPTER 1: BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY CONCEPTS

CHAPTER 2: UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE

CHAPTER 3: FROM AUTO MODES TO MANUAL

CHAPTER 4: SHARP IMAGES AND FOCUSING TECHNIQUES

Chapter 5: COMPOSITION, ARTISTRY, AND CREATING GREAT IMAGES

Chapter 6: LEARNING MORE ABOUT YOUR CAMERA

Chapter 7: BONUS

Total Course Run Time: 6H 30M 21S