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Proof that Henri Cartier-Bresson used Dynamic Symmetry in Photography – 4K Video

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How’s everyone doing today? I hope you are all well! Huge thanks for all of the continued support, you are all amazing!

Today we are going to do a video follow up to the most recent videos of Henri Cartier-Bresson (see #460), and a refresher of these articles (see Day 232 and #410). This video provides proof that Henri Cartier-Bresson used dynamic symmetry in his photographs. It educates the people who use comments like, “if you put enough lines on anything, something is bound to line up.” I hope to further educate everyone, to open their eyes to the potential of using dynamic symmetry in their own art. The masters used it, and so can we.


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Email Q and A – Design, Color and Patterns

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Welcome back everyone! Today we are taking a look at a great email from Master Pass member Mark MacKenzie. He shares his first design with us and asks some excellent questions. He speaks the design language very well and seems to have a grasp on the concepts covered here on the Canon of Design.

You’ll also get a free PDF download of the article “Vincent Van Gogh: Color Theory,” which might help you tackle the problem of color harmony. Let’s get into it!

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Vincent Van Gogh – Color Theory

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Thanks again for everything you guys! Welcome back to another great article!

We’re going to be digging deep into Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings and see the color combinations he used to help us with color theory. We’ll analyze 15 paintings for color, see why they work, then compare them to each other. The colors you choose to include in your painting or photograph are important for creating color harmony, but you also must create a hierarchy for proper balance. We’ll cover all of that today!


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Suzanne Valadon – Mother, Model, Master Painter

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Welcome back everyone, thanks so much for joining in and for all of the amazing support! I never get tired of saying thanks to all of you!

We’re going to be looking at a highly regarded female painter from the late 1800’s. Her name is Suzanne Valadon, which is a new name to most of us. I would say her paintings resemble paintings by Matisse, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Lucian Freud, and Degas. This is quite a powerful lineup of master painters to resemble, but she definitely has her own artistic style (see Day 122), and an interesting life story. Did she use dynamic symmetry and other composition techniques? Let’s dig deeper and learn more about this inspiring woman and see tons of her work!

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The Third Man – Analyzed Cinema

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Welcome back everyone! Thanks for joining in today, and for all of the awesome support!

We are going to be taking a look at a film that comes highly recommended from my friend Eric; movie buff, video store owner, and all around cool dude. The movie is called “The Third Man” with Orson Welles and it is part of the prestigious Criterion Collection for a reason. You’ll see why when we take a look at all of the amazing techniques used in the movie. It’s a visual masterpiece from 1949 (which is also out of print), and has endless inspiring scenes. Let’s get into it!

SPOILER ALERT!!! There are tons of screenshots showing tons of techniques, so don’t let this ruin the movie for you if you haven’t seen it yet. Or, you can read this article and have a greater appreciation for the movie as you watch it. Up to you my friend!

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Photo Shoot Think Sheet

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Hey everyone, thanks for joining in today, I appreciate all of the continued support!

Today we are going to take a look at a nifty tool I use to flesh out all the important details of a photo shoot. It’s a think sheet for location, props, action, model, composition techniques, lighting, etc. I’ll show you a copy of one that I found from a 2013 photo shoot, and provide an updated download for everyone to use. Let’s check it out!

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The Leibovitz Recipe – Number One – Figure-Ground Relationship

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Much love for all of the amazing support you guys! It’s much appreciated as always!

Welcome back to another great article. This time we are going to take a close look at Annie Leibovitz’s number one technique that makes her images successful. The technique is figure-ground relationship (FGR), which we’ve covered extensively throughout the blog, but we’ve never looked close at the ways she utilizes it in different scenarios. There are only a few instances when she doesn’t use FGR, and we can notice the difference in visual clarity. We also see examples of of this technique used in master paintings and street photos. Let’s get into it!

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Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Blatantly Plagiarize

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How’s everyone doing? I hope you are all well! Thank you so much for all of your support, it’s much appreciated.

Today we are going to look at probably some of the worst art you will ever see. An artist by the name of Marco Battaglini takes classical paintings, pop culture, celebrities, and quotes…smashes them all together, then plops out an abomination. This is nothing abnormal, of course, there are horrendous works of art being created every minute of every hour. The special case with this, is that his pieces happen to be selling for thousands. How the…what?! We’ll take a close look at his paintings and see exactly why it is so stomach wrenching. Let’s get into it!

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Our Fascination With Toned Images

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Hey everyone, welcome back to another awesome article. Huge thanks for all of the continued support. Much love!

With the recent fascination of tones from Instagram filters, phone filters, color grading videos, LUT’s…it all had to stem from somewhere, right? Today we are going to look at toning an image and how it relates to painting. We will also see how to make an overexposed, blown-out photo more aesthetically pleasing. Let’s get into it!

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Magnetic Momentum in Book Covers – Baroque vs Sinister

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Welcome back everyone, I hope you are all doing well. Huge thanks for all of the support as always!

Today we are going to be looking at book covers from the US and China. Since we read left to right in the US and they read right to left in China, this will ultimately affect the way they read a composition or design. This was brought to my attention by an artist who noticed the Harry Potter book was flipped in China. It got me thinking about magnetic momentum (see Day 64) again, and the way we read a composition.

Understanding how people read a composition is fascinating stuff and we can apply it to our masterpiece if we want to create more movement. Let’s check out some great examples and see if we can recreate something or our own!

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