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Image Review: Sky and Reflections

Lesson 37 from: Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

Image Review: Sky and Reflections

Lesson 37 from: Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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37. Image Review: Sky and Reflections

Chris shows how the placement of the horizon line can completely change the visual narrative.


Class Trailer

Class Introduction - Three Steps To Creative Photography


Firing The Creative Mind - Part 1: The Camera Points Both Ways


Firing The Creative Mind - Part 2: Letting Go Of Judgement


Firing The Creative Mind - Part 3: Detaching From Outcomes


Practicing Mindfulness In Photography


Finding The Visual Narrative


Behind-the-scenes: Naples


Seeing Beneath The Surface Of Things


Lesson Info

Image Review: Sky and Reflections

this image by another TCP student, Simon Coupe, is the reason it's worth getting out of bed early. What a glorious sunrise now, in his description, Simon told me what appealed to him most was a combination of both sky and the reflection, and I can certainly see why. The trouble is the way the image has been composed places the emphasis very much on the reflection, and de emphasizes the sky, and it's all to do with that horizon line. When the horizon is placed in the upper third of the frame as it is here, it emphasises everything below it, in this case, the reflection. So to better match Simon's vision, I would recompose the image to place the horizon. Slap bang in the middle. Now there is equal weight above and below the line, so neither foreground nor background take visual precedent. The story becomes a Simon intended about the sky and the reflection. On a technical side. I would lift the exposure a little. It feels a touch, dark or underexposed, and a little light will lift the moo...

d. I would also warm it up with a white balance shift towards the higher Calvin values, something around the shade camera preset, and from a creative perspective, to add to the dreaminess of the moment, I might soften everything with a negative clarity adjustment. Now, this might not be to everyone's taste, but I quite like it for this scene. And then, just for good measure, and to draw the eye even deeper into the scene, I'd add a mild vignette again. There are no drastic changes here, just some simple tweaks, most of which could equally have been made in camera at the point of capture and which bring the image to life, and, I think better reflect the story the photographer wanted to tell.

Ratings and Reviews

Gary Hook

Wow, what a wonderful journey. I love the concept of telling a story with one's photos and as I go through past images, I'm seeing them in a much different perspective. That's the good news, The bad? The lost opportunities I never 'saw' before; however that is a good thing. There is so much to internalize with the material so that it can get out of the head and into the 'heart'. I also found the concept really helps me with composition, both in camera and post. Biggest take away, as Chris underscored in his closing, is to slooooow down, take the time and feel it. Don't be so quick to leave one scene as there remain other aspects, yet to be discovered. A great experience that I truly enjoyed Thank you


I loved this course - in particular the latter part of it in which he demonstrated how post processing lets you really tell the story of the image. Another fabulous course. Thanks Chris & thanks Creative Live.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering photographic composition and visual storytelling) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

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