• Learning Photography | Creative Techniques [Week 4]


    Posted on 4th March, by Dana Tomić Hughes in personal, photography. 10 Comments

     

    So this is it peeps. Husband’s last assignment for Camera Craft 2 at the ACP is upon us. I thought there would be one more assignment left, but turns out that is a negatory. Bummer. We’ll just have to wait until he does his next one {rumor has it that it’s going to be a 10 week “Lighting” course – hooray!}

    This week’s assignment focuses on a Single Theme, which incorporates and reflects on the learnings form the past weeks – Composition, Lighting and Colour of Light. The idea needed to be communicated using some of the Creative Techniques included on the assignment list – i.e. Breaking Compositional & Lighting Rules, Cross Processing, Plastic/ Toy Cameras, Multiple Exposure, Montage, Polaroids etc.

    Husband’s theme was “The Commute” – and specifically focusing on the contrast between the peak-hour hustle and bustle vs. the solitude and isolation of a {train} station. Neat, huh?

     

     

    Armed with his DSLR and a brand new tripod {and me with my trusty iPhone}, we headed on a City Circle train station tour. Man, what a mission. Husband took a couple of photos at Kings Cross and Town Hall, and when we got to Wynyard he attempted to take a few more, but the security dudes came up to us and asked us to go and see the station manager. Turns out that you are pretty much not allowed to take photos inside any train stations due to security measures. Makes sense, right? They said that the professional photographers that shoot inside train stations pay serious mega-bucks and have to go through major security clearances as well. So we thought we were screwed… But we decided to not give up, so we proceeded to Circular Quay and finally St James {which is the station Husband really wanted to shoot}. There we acted as though we didn’t know anything about the “no photography inside station” policy, and kindly asked to speak to the station manager first. And he said yes. You lil’ ripper!

    The photos you see here were taken mostly at St James, although there are a couple that were taken at Wynyard. My dodgy iPhone photos were taken all over the shop – as you can see… Fun assignment, but seriously exhausting.

    What’s left now is for Husband to pick a photo to be included in the graduation exhibition which is coming up in the next few weeks. So I wanted to ask for your help – which photo do you like best? It can be an image from this series, or any one of his previous assignments. We would love to get your thoughts, so please leave a comment or, if you are shy, send me an e-mail to let me know which one’s your favourite. Deal?

    Also, I’d love to hear from you about how you enjoyed this post series. Did you find it interesting, did you learn something, or was it just fun to follow? Would you like me to write about Husband’s next course? You see, these posts take quite a bit of time to put together, and I’d really like to know if I should ditch them, or if I should keep going. I’ll definitely do it if you guys really love them. And I’ll take your lack of commenting as a – yeah, whatever… I couldn’t care less if you keep posting about this or not Dana.

    So as they say – the ball is in your court guys {Hey, nice balls – ha ha!}

    And thank you in advance. Your feedback is invaluable and very much appreciated.

    x dana

     





  • 10 Responses to “Learning Photography | Creative Techniques [Week 4]”

    1. Wow – I love these photos. Here I was scrolling to the bottom to see which gallery the exhibition was on at! I really love the “Keep Clear” image. My fav is the pedestrian tunnel – the floor looks like running water!

    2. simonalex says:

      Yey Im a curious fan of the yellow train station lines and these photos are splendid. glad you captured them, eventually without being locked up, behind the yellow line.

    3. Tess says:

      Love the series, please do another one when the next course starts (sitting at the bottom end of Africa, I need all the exposure to new stuff I can get, eve if it does mean living vicariously thru others!) My favourites are: the first one of this commuter series – its feels like the train speeding past actually causes the blurring of the waiting passenger? and I like the looming black and white wooden chicken/rooster/hen from previous

    4. yellowtrace says:

      Thank you for your comments and your feedback guys – it’s much appreciated!

    5. Sheila says:

      Firstly – I love seeing the photos and would be interested to hear about future courses. Second on my screen the photos at the bottom of your post of the platform and yellow line have a fabulous ultramarine colour – and I love them. I am doing a wall of pictures soon and if I need blue and yellow I might just be in touch for permission to reproduce one !!

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    7. yellowtrace says:

      Cool – thanks Sheila. I think the verdict is that I will keep them coming, so look out for more “learning photography” posts towards the end of next month.
      So glad you like my little iPhone snaps. They turned out better then I expected I must say!
      x dana

    8. Amelia says:

      Hi Dana,
      I really enjoyed this series! I’ve spent a fair bit of 2009 trying to teach myself film photography, and to hone my composition skills with my digital camera. The main conclusion I’ve come to is that the more you take photos and the more you think about photography, the more observant you become, and the more you appreciate beauty, nature, colour, and serendipitous details around you. I have been using a Holga, which is notoriously unpredictable, but sometimes the surprise results are good ones, and that’s always fun.
      Please do keep the photo posts coming, they really are great.

      PS have you come across Louise Hawson’s project, 52 Suburbs? [http://www.52suburbs.com/] Well worth a look.

      Amelia
      http://aramblingmeels.blogspot.com/

    9. yellowtrace says:

      Thank you Amelia, so glad you enjoyed the series. You are so right – it takes time and practice to hone photography skills, and sharpen & tune the eye to all the little amazing details that make a final image special. It’s also about developing the ability to make instant {and right} decisions so that all those flashing moments can be captured without having to worry about the “set up”.
      Thank you for the link to 52 suburbs. I love Louise’s work and I’ve been following her blog pretty much since the beginning. I blogged about her in one of my earlier posts, but you’ve just reminded me to go and check it again.
      x dana

    10. Ella says:

      I love this series! Please don’t sop doing them, they are really great! I’m going to try and do some of my own photography using the themes given to your husband!
      This is really a fantastic post!



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