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The Art Of Seeing

The Art Of Seeing In Photography 

In photography, like other visual arts, an artist should use basic visual effects to create the art. The Art Of Seeing is one the most important aspects in photography. Therefore, as photographer you need to learn how to see the scene. However, in nature we see everything in colour, and colour can be so deceiving. Here is an example that shows how colours are very deceiving, or rather distracting.

Colour Version

The Art Of Seeing is all about how to locate the Highlights and Shadows to create a photo.
The Art Of Seeing is all about how to locate the Highlights and Shadows to create a photo.

However, when I removed the colours from this photo, it is not as attractive as it used to be.

Black and White Version

By removing the colours, this photo looks very boring.
By removing the colours, this photo looks very boring.

Don’t let the Colours decide for you!

Colours are so pretty and everyone likes the colourful images. However, they don’t have much value for composition in photography. Here is another example.

Colour Version

This photo looks very pleasing.
This photo looks very pleasing.

This photo looks very pleasing. It also has some basic composition rules, but it does not bear any photographic value. Here is why. After converting the photo to black and white, you notice that the photo is so flat and boring!

Black and White Version

It is not as interesting as colour version, but why!
It is not as interesting as colour version, but why!

Art Of Seeing Photography Class

Highlights and Shadows play a big role in photography composition. By understanding the rules of shadows and highlights, composition will be easy for a photographer. However, at first you need to teach your brain not to get distracted by colours.

Chasing Shadows and Highlights is an intermediate to advanced photography class which is specially developed for focusing on the Art Of Seeing in Photography. This workshop is scheduled for September 14th. Please visit the link for more details.

Should you consider the importance of the art of seeing?

Absolutely! The art of seeing can transform “a photo” to “theoPhoto“! Here are few examples of good uses of highlights and shadows. Clearly, you see that if you use the correct techniques, the picture is equally beautiful in colour or black and white.

Colour Version

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This is the colour version. The correct use of highlight created a nice effect.

Black and White Version

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Even in the black and white version, this photo is beautiful. Thanks to the Art of Seeing!

Chasing Shadows and Highlights is going to be held on three consequent Saturdays starting September 14th. There are 6 sessions in total and covers the techniques and lots of hands on.

Topics are, but not limited to:

  • Finding and Using Highlights and Shadows
  • Highlights and Shadows in Landscape Photography
  • Highlights and Shadows in Portrait Photography
  • Finding and Using Shapes and Textures
  • Adding or Removing the Highlights or Shadows using Light Modifiers
  • And much more.

Course Suitable for:

Intermediate to Advanced users who want to be more creative and capture artistic images.

Details Price Qty
Full Admissionshow details + $471.45 (CAD)*  

* price includes taxes


Prerequisites:

Basic Photography skills

Details Price Qty
Full Admissionshow details + $471.45 (CAD)*  

* price includes taxes


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Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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