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  • Vikings S05E01 – ANALYZED CINEMA
    #498 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 […]

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Sylvette David: The Inspiring Muse of Pablo Picasso

#493 Hey everyone, welcome back! Thanks for all of the continued support, I appreciate all of you! Today we are learning about Picasso, and his relationship with Sylvette David (a.k.a Lydia Corbett). She was Picasso’s muse during the Spring of 1954, and the subject of one of my favorite Picasso drawings…and get this…she’s still alive...

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The Simplistic Lighting of Stanley Kubrick

#489 Much love for all of the continued support everyone, welcome back! Today we are going to be taking a look at the lighting used by my all-time favorite director, Stanley Kubrick (see Day 260, #426). He was always a huge inspiration for me in the beginning, when I was learning photography and videography. But...

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Composition is More Important than Beautiful Light

#488 Welcome back everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As always, thanks for the amazing support! 😀 Today we are going to be looking at something very interesting. Composition vs Lighting! There’s a well-known phrase in the photography community, “Lighting is everything,” but today I show you how composition is more important. Sure,...

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Dynamic Symmetry, Film and the Sydney Opera House

#474 Hey everyone, thanks for joining in today, and for all of the awesome support! I appreciate you all! Today we are going to take a look at some of the film photos I got while I was in Australia. I was able to visit many locations in two weeks, but for this article we’ll...

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Email Q and A – Design, Color and Patterns

#471 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....

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Photo Shoot Think Sheet

#467 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...

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The Leibovitz Recipe – Number One – Figure-Ground Relationship

#466 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...

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Decoding the Timeless Subjects of Master Painters

#461 Much love for all of the support everyone, it’s always appreciated! Ok, so we know all of the masters created great compositions and designs, but how did they select their subject matter? How did they make their art timeless? We can portray any subject we want in our art, but to create something timeless...

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Ozark is like a Gregory Crewdson Photo – Analyzed Cinema

#459 Hey everyone, welcome back and much love for all of the support! Today we are going to be looking at an awesome TV Show that blew me away called “Ozark.” It almost seemed like the cinematography was inspired by Gregory Crewdson photos. This means excellent compositions, lighting, and unique story telling. There are tons...

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Absinthe: Murder, Mayhem, and Master Painters

#445 Hey everyone, welcome back to another inspiring article! Huge thanks for all of the support, I really appreciate everyone! Today we are going to take a look at something that seemed to mesmerize the master painters of the 1800’s. It’s a magical, black licorice tasting beverage called “Absinthe,” also known as “The Green Fairy.”
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