BECOMING BETTER PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM HOME

COVID-19 Edition. Part II

Today we bring you the second part of ‘Becoming better photographers from home’. If you haven’t read part one, you can read the article here.

1. OLD PHOTOS, NEW STORIES

Editing and sequencing are an important part of any photographic project and as many of you know, editing (referring to selection) in particular is no easy task. That said, practicing deciding between several photos, determining which are the best and which help to better explain a project or idea not only helps to better tell your stories, it also will make you a better photographer as  you’ll be more precise next time you are out shooting.

Since most of us can’t go out at the moment and create a new project, an interesting exercise is to invent a new story with your old photos. Let me explain: Think of a concept or story idea, for example a dystopian world (quite appropriate for the times we’re living in) and go through all your photos or Lightroom files and create a collection with that idea in mind. Select the photos that, out of their real context, might explain your idea of a dystopian world and, once you’ve made a large selection, do a smaller edit and sequence the photos to explain your story.

You will see that little by little and with some creativity you can develop stories that will not only keep you entertained during these long days at home, but will also provide you with skills that you’ll be able to apply to future projects or photographic trips.

Example below: Dystopia Project by Christelle Enquist

2. KEEP LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS

One of the things that we always insist on with our photo tour and workshops students is precisely this; learn from the masters. There are many ways to do it, but one of the most interesting ways is to see them work and talk about their creative process.

Below i’ve added links to YouTube videos where you can see how legends like Don McCullin, David Alan Harvey and Steve McCurry work and a Vimeo video of how Henri Cartier-Bresson used to work. There are of course many more videos out there so do a search of the photographers that you like most and don’t forget the pen and paper to take notes!

3. ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Yes, it may seem self-interested on our part, but I sincerely think that online workshops are a great and accesible alternative to continue learning during this social-distancing period (we wouldn’t be offering them otherwise ;). There are hundreds out there, though I would highly recommend choosing live ones because these not only give you the opportunity to learn from professionals, you also get to share experiences and opinions with other photographers around the world and ask questions to both the mentors and fellow participants.

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