Take your Photography to the Max! – Online Class with Lewis Kemper

Lewis Kemper’s Master Class Take your Photography to the Max! – Online Class

Photography is not rocket science. There are no magic formulas for taking great images. All it takes is careful seeing, and a conscience effort to take advantage of light, color and composition to make a great picture. Once that picture is created, a good, strong working knowledge of how best to process the image to bring out all its potential is essential, and is what elevates a good picture, to a great picture.

I have been teaching photography and writing articles and books for over 45 years. I have taught online classes for many years, both at Betterphoto.com and the Arcanum. I am combining the techniques I have learned through all of my experiences to make this the best learning opportunity possible. We all have busy lives, nobody can take weeks off to study. But with this class you get ten lessons to complete in a five-month period.

Unlike other classes, in this class, there will be video lessons, assignments, live one-to-one reviews, group hang outs, unlimited Q&A, group review and group interaction. Not only will you have access to Lewis Kemper, but also, all the students will be able to see all the reviews and interact with each other, coaching, questioning and learning together as an enhanced group experience.

Lessons will be given out every two weeks and you have two weeks to watch the lessons and do the assignments, upload your images, get advice from fellow students and then finally present your work for a live screen share lesson review with the instructor. Reviews will average 15 – 30 minutes. That is up to 4.5 hours of indvidual review time per student! All reviews will be recorded and shared with the group, so you can see what took place with your fellow students and learn together. We will also schedule time to try (it is not always possible for everyone to attend) to have 3 group screen share meetings, where you can ask questions, meet each other and share ideas.

And the best part of the whole thing is we can be flexible; if you can’t get one lesson done in time, just make it up later as long as you complete all ten lessons in the five month period.

We will be using a Facebook social learning group for the platform (all reviews and group meetings will be private and only accessible to group members). You will need to have a Facebook account, to participate.

It is like taking a whole college semester at your own pace, when it’s convenient for you!

The goal, of this five-month course, is to learn to recognize and use light, color, and composition as elements of your designs. And then learning the skills to accentuate the star of your image, and compel and guide, your viewers eye throughout your image.

Ansel Adams used to say, “The negative is my score and the print is my performance.”

We are going to learn to properly use the tools of light, color and composition to create the perfect score and then use the tools of Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom Develop module to create the perfect performance.

Click the link to see the whole class outline.

The Wonders of Water Plants

Water lily with Cokin diffractor filter effect.

Water lily with Cokin diffractor filter effect.

 

Story and Photography by F.M. Kearney

One subject I always look forward to photographing during the summer months is the water lily. Native to the temperate and tropical parts of the world, there are over 50 species of these freshwater plants. However, it isn’t always easy to shoot them creatively. Unless you have access to a natural lake or pond (and are willing to get very wet), you will most likely have to shoot from the sidelines of a reflecting pool in a local park or botanical garden. A long lens will allow you to zoom in for a tight close-up, but you certainly won’t have any options to create those dramatic macro or wide-angle perspectives that are commonly used on other types of more accessible flowers.

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The Soloist or the Orchestra?

Polar bear soloist © Kathy Lichtendahl

Story & Photography by Kathy Lichtendahl

 

About a decade ago the Yellowstone Association Institute offered a series of Master Artist workshops in the park. I was lucky enough to be accepted into a class with one of my favorite wildlife painters, Robert Bateman. Over the course of three days in Mammoth, the renowned artist captivated participants with stories, demonstrations, and instruction on how to better portray the natural world in our chosen medium.

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Design your photos for success

Story and photographs by Jennifer King

Summer is here, and a great time to get out and photograph. As you are capturing all that summer has to offer, I want to remind you of the impact that fundamental design principles can have on your photography.

HORIZON

Are you photographing a mountain or beach? Where you place your horizon line can help you to create depth and dimension in your photo and also help call attention to the hero in your photograph. Consider referencing design tools like the Golden Ratio, Rule of Thirds or the Fibonacci Spiral when setting up your composition.

 

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NATURE’S VIEW – Embracing Out-of-focus Photography, Story and photographs by Jim Clark

I tend to get stuck in my ways for photographing landscapes: sharp and focused. But I’ve started experimenting with another technique that I refer to as ambient light painting.

Ambient light painting may not be what you think. It is not using artificial light sources at night to paint light on a tree, old barn or other subject. Instead, ambient light painting uses both natural light and slow camera movements to create abstract compositions. The results can be something resembling a Monet painting.

When I discovered how much my students embraced this technique, I decided to include it in my workshop resources to help them develop their own vision of nature. Turns out, ambient light painting is fun for them, and that fits right in with my goal to get folks to love nature through their photography.

Autumn Forest, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, West Virginia. © Jim Clark

Autumn Forest, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, West Virginia. © Jim Clark

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FIELD TECHNIQUES: The Complexity of Simplicity, story and photo © F.M. Kearney

 

F-14_edited-1I’m often amazed at just how much subconscious thought and planning goes into the creation of a “simple” photograph.

A couple of years ago I was in the Thain Family Forest of the New York Botanical Garden. Located in the center of the 250-acre garden, this forest is the last remaining tract of original forest that once covered most of New York City.

I was initially attracted to a rustic log fence at the entrance to one of the forest trails. Seeing it as the perfect foreground element to lead a viewer’s eye into the photo, I positioned my tripod in the center of the trail and leveled it to the height of the fence. This was the best perspective to show the lines converging as they disappeared around the bend in the distance. Continue reading