Photo workshop practice with Ella and Janet @ Poor Poker

It was a beautiful day, perfect for beignets, campfire coffee, and a photo practice with the girls. Today’s focus was on understanding the impact of balance, symmetry, asymmetry, and perspective. The girls took turns in using my Nikon DF in manual mode, to work with available ambient light to capture not just a snap shot, but something more. An image that draws the viewer in and holds the attention. That was their challenge.

Perspective, symmetry, balance, with a touch of asymmetry to make you wonder. Good shots by Ella!

Below are the shots in Janet’s photography practice.  Symmetry is important to an image if you understand that it is a key visual property for humans. It is defined as balanced form, a beauty of form arising from balanced proportions and apparent in fine works of art. But, it is only partial symmetry that we see. Perhaps, artists unconsciously use it to represent order, harmony, or serenity while the asymmetrical elements depict that life and art are not perfect and therefore, cannot be perfectly symmetrical.  It was with this in mind that I provided simple suggestions for the girls to consider when framing a shot.

Another element of interest is the connection between your subjects in the way they pose themselves and interact with each other. Note their body language.

Next, we explored how to use items in the environment to enhance your shot. Below I show how to use a random accent mirror found sitting on a table for a photo effect. Ella snapped me, and I snapped her. Reflections can add an unexpected and random element in an image.

We found a large selection of differing backgrounds at the Porker. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to point out how to take advantage of backgrounds and use depth of field to make the subject pop. I snapped these images of the girls.

Here we are exploring the different effect in an image when a subject stands closer to the background, versus standing at a distance from the background. Standing away from the background and closer to the camera lens creates the effect of carving the subject away from the slightly blurred background. This separation gives an image depth and dimension. In these images, the eclectic decor adds interest to the image.

Oh, those beignets!

Having fun with the process helps everyone relax and reflects the subjects true personalities. Photos by Mo 🙂

Moments, photos of Ella and Janet by Mo Feazel.  Images of Mo and Ella, by Janet, Image of Mo and Janet by Ella. Image of Mo by Ella. Good practice girls.

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