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    #503 Welcome back everyone, thanks for joining in today! I appreciate all of the amazing support! We’re going to be looking at depth of field and how your f/stop can help or hinder your storytelling. This article is great for beginners or professionals because it’s widely being taught that bokeh is a necessity, rather than […]

Shallow vs Deep DOF: Storytelling in Photography

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Welcome back everyone, thanks for joining in today! I appreciate all of the amazing support!

We’re going to be looking at depth of field and how your f/stop can help or hinder your storytelling. This article is great for beginners or professionals because it’s widely being taught that bokeh is a necessity, rather than a tool. Let’s get into it!

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How Picasso Softens His Dynamic Symmetry Lines

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How’s everyone doing today? Welcome back and thanks for the amazing support!

Today we are going to see how Picasso uses dynamic symmetry to organize his composition like a master. The grid might seem rigid for some artists, but the lines can be softened while still locking into the grid. We’ll see exactly how Picasso does this in his surrealism painting called “The Rescue,” which is a scene of a drowning swimmer being saved. Let’s get into it!

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How to Choose a Dynamic Symmetry Grid for Photography

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Hey everyone, I hope you are all doing well. Thanks so much for all of the amazing support, I always appreciate it!

Today we are going to be identifying exactly which grid you should use for your image. This is Email Q & A is similar to what is covered for painters in another article (see Day 428),  but this one is directed towards photographers. The application of dynamic symmetry is similar, but photographers don’t have as much flexibility as painters. And each genre of photography has varying flexibility as well. We’ll cover all of them today, so worry not!

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Dynamic Symmetry – How to Keep it Simple in the Beginning

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Today we are going to look at dynamic symmetry, and see how we can use it in a simple way at first. A lot of artists are still having a hard time understanding where to place the subject, and how dynamic symmetry is used, so this will address all of those concerns. I’ll show you how to use the baroque diagonal as a beginning point for your photography, cinematography, painting, or sculpting. We’ll see all of this in a video as well as several analyzed pieces. Let’s get into it!

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Post-Processing Photos like Steve McCurry

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Huge thanks for all of the continued support everyone, I appreciate it tons!

We’ve got a fun article today, where we post-process photojournalistic-style photos, and polish them in an artistic way. Much like Steve McCurry did to his photos, but without the heaping pile of backlash. If we’re not using our street or travel photos for photojournalism, or to represent things exactly how they are, we are free retouch them as we would a fine art photo. By the end of the article, you’ll know exactly what to adjust to have your own Steve McCurry inspired photo.

This article was also featured on PetaPixel, but only members will gain exclusive access to the 11min video where I show how to post-process a street/travel photo for fine art. Let’s get into it!

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Vikings S05E01 – ANALYZED CINEMA

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Welcome back everybody, huge thanks for the continued support! You keep in-depth articles like this coming. Much love!

As artists, we can learn a lot from cinematography. If a film has an experienced cinematographer, like P.J. Dillon of Vikings, they will present the majority of scenes with nice lighting, composition, and design. All which can inspire a photo or painting. Tons of composition techniques were packed into almost every scene of this first episode (over 30 scenes analyzed), and we’ll cover them all. We’ll even apply the root 3 dynamic symmetry grid to screenshots and see how he organized the characters and elements within the frame. Let’s get into it!

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Different Composition Styles in Street Photography

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Much love for all of the amazing support everyone! You keep this blog going and I appreciate it so much!

Today we are going to take a look at the composition styles of some of the best street photographers. Are they tight, loose, or primarily subject-based with their compositions? What techniques are they incorporating in their tight compositions, and what’s the minimal techniques they are using in loose compositions? Can photos based mainly on subject matter still work? We’ll answer all of these questions, which will give us more direction with our own street photography. Let’s get into it!

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Rule of Thirds vs Dynamic Symmetry Video [Fun Analogy and Tips]

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Thanks for all of the continued support everyone, welcome back!

I’ve got a new video for everyone to enjoy today. This time we compare the rule of thirds grid to dynamic symmetry grids in a fun analogy video. Understanding the difference will help guide our mastery of composition in our photography and art. We’ve all been led to believe various old wives’ tales while growing up, without understanding them on a deeper level; just accepting them for hearsay. The rule of thirds is taught in a similar way, which also relates to our chicken soup analogy (see Day 24). Let’s check out the video and learn all about it!


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Color Theory Inspired by Birds

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Welcome back everyone, thanks for joining in today! I appreciate all of the support!

Today we are going to be taking a very close look at birds for color theory, and comparing them to famous photos and paintings. Doing this will allow us to learn and be inspired by Mother Nature. Connecting the dots between natural color theory, and applying it in our own art. Let’s get into it!

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Paolo Roversi Photography Analyzed [7 Techniques]

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Welcome back everyone! Huge thanks for all of the awesome support, you’re truly appreciated!

Today we are going to be deconstructing the remarkable photos of fashion photographer, Paolo Roversi. We’ll look close at his design techniques and unique artistic style (see Day 122), then discover the secret recipe to his best photos.

We’ll also see how we can take an Annie Leibovitz photo, and recreate it with the Roversi aesthetic. This includes a Photoshop file download to show you how it was achieved. Let’s get into it!

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