Week 1: Composition Basics
We learn the difference between how the human eye sees and the camera sees. Each ‘tool’ of the camera (aperture, shutter speed, contrast etc.) can be used to convey a different message, and we explore how to use the camera’s abilities to communicate these ideas.
- Assignment for next class submission: Colour as an emotion
Week 2: Colour vs. Black-and-White
We explore the power and emotion that a colour image conveys, compared to the purity of form in a black-and-white image. When would it be best to convert an image to black-and-white and what connotations does monochrome have?
- Assignment for next class submission: Form (black and white)
Week 3: Less is More
We learn how to simplify your composition to the few relevant elements that tell a story. We explore use of framing to create negative space, abstract images or emphasis.
- Assignment for next class submission: Simplicity
Week 4: Creating a Body of Work
We study different types of series; a linear story rather than a cohesive body of work, and how to avoid repetition and redundancy. Additionally, we see how to construct a “vision statement” that conveys the concepts of the series.
- Assignment for next class submission: Series of three images
Week 5: Image Review and Discussion
Whereas previous classes comprised a combination of theory and image review, this class is dedicated entirely to image reviews. Students read their vision statements and present their images, followed by constructive critique.
Week 6: How to Expand Your Creative Expression
Summarizing the principles discussed in previous classes, we see how to overcome creative obstacles. We explore the difference between how the left and right hemispheres of our brain ‘see’, and how that applies to art. Also, we discover the principles of creativity introduced by Harvard professor, Shelly Carson, in Your Creative Brain (2010).