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Sled Dog Portrait Key Takeaway

Lesson 19 from: Minimalist Photography

Curtis Jones

Sled Dog Portrait Key Takeaway

Lesson 19 from: Minimalist Photography

Curtis Jones

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19. Sled Dog Portrait Key Takeaway

A quick review of the major minimalist techniques and theory used in this session

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Sled Dog Portrait Key Takeaway

with this case study, I wanted to kind of embrace and and use three sort of tips tricks, whatever you wanna call it, arrows in your quiver to create a simple clean image. Uh number one being to just embrace the conditions of the day, which is this beautiful snowy, very clean uh overcast day. It's going to do much of the heavy lifting. It's really easy or it's easier, I should say to to make these minimalist images and these clean images when you start with something like snow or fog or just overcast days. So I encourage you to seek out those conditions. If you're starting in minimalism photography, it's going to help reduce distractions and clutter right off the hop so you're that much further ahead before you can take the camera to the bag. The second thing we did was we used telephoto lens helps compress and box out distractions so you focus the viewer's attention onto your subject. You shoot passed by zooming past all the distractions and you really help eliminate a lot of noise and...

clutter. And then the third thing I did was I got really low to the ground and I embraced the snow as a foreground element. I shoved that lens right up into the snow. The snow is building up on the lens as I speak actually. Uh, and I did that for a couple of reasons why I wanted to get low to be on the same level with the dog so I can get a more engaging, more natural looking portrait and two, there's somebody's coming and the dogs are getting excited. And to, I wanted to use snow as a foreground, like a subtle sort of soft push into the frame. Sometimes with these images, they have a tendency to look a little flat. So you can increase uh, depth or introduced depth by shooting uh, sort of a soft or subtle foreground element, and in this case I use the snow. Um and hopefully you have like a subtle lead into the dog, which is the main point of the image and then a subtle drop off into the background. And hopefully those three things created a very clean, minimalist uh sled dog portrait, I think that's gonna be it for today, fingers are quite cold. Dogs have had enough of me, probably, I'm going to make the rounds here and get these guys, so a little bit of love and attention uhh and and I'll see you guys in the next uh episode episode, class lesson, that's what they're called lessons. Yeah man, some lovely howling action going down here right now. Oh, ooh, that's cute, I should probably be shooting this. Okay, you guys done? Mhm. Can I, can I talk, can I do this now? We're good, everybody's good. Okay, quiet on the set, yeah, okay. Uhh but I don't even know what it is, but what was even talking about

Ratings and Reviews

user-3b9448
 

This is a brilliant course which I can highly recommend. I have done some Minimalist photography but still found the lessons very interesting. I enjoyed the discussion on colour vs. B&W. My favourite part was to learn how long it takes to plan a shoot, wait for the right conditions, even change the subject if the initial idea doesn't work and see the other images taken during the shoot before (or after) the final image. The presentation is excellent - love the cat :-).

Bradley Wari
 

Great Job! Great course! loved the bloopers, had a few laughs. I really enjoyed how he showed a little of how he worked the scene of a few of his images. showing multiple images and how he got to THE shot.

Deb Williams
 

Great class, good length and easy to follow along. A fantastic way to challenge yourself to look at composition differently and a course full of useful tips to try out.

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