12 January 2014
by Anne van Oorschot
TIC members gathered for a photography workshop given by professional photographer and TIC member, Lenka Cizkova. We had such a great turnout that we had to arrange for a larger room! Lenka began by telling us a bit about her unusual path towards a photography career and completing a professional course at the New York Institute of Photography via distance learning.
stressed as the most important aspect is developing a “photographer’s eye.” She showed many examples of good photographs – and some less successful examples! – to illustrate the importance of recognizing what makes a good photo.
To take a “good” photograph, you must adhere to the following simple – yet essential rules:1. Know your subject
2. Draw attention to the subject
3. Eliminate distraction from the subject
There are also a few principles and tips to keep in mind with regard to the composition of the photo:
• Rule of thirds – place focus at intersection points
• Change perspective (higher/lower)
• Leading lines
• Enlarge Subject
• Difference in sharpness
After listening and trying to absorb these important lessons, we all went outside with our cameras to try and put into practice what we had learned. After 30 minutes of photography in the lovely fall day on the University campus, we returned to our meeting room and a few of us shared our photos – via the beamer – and Lenka + the group made tips on what was successful in the photos and what could be improved.
Unfortunately, we ran out of time and were not able to critique everyone’s photos. We all left felling challenged to take photos with better composition.
Because of the interest in this workshop, we will be looking to schedule a follow-up workshop sometime in the early 2014!