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FCC Newsletter April
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Seeing in Sixes
What if a portfolio was limited to six images, similar to the way haiku are limited to 17 syllables?
Our "Seeing in Sixes" challenge/project is the perfect opportunity to let your creative hair down.
This is not a competition but an outlet for you to show people what you are working on and to share your thoughts and images.
There is a very fine line between six images that are repetitive and six images that are not.
The best six-image projects can all be characterized as being composed of six related but independent images — the removal of any one of which would diminish the project.
In fact, that’s not a bad way to approach editing.
Ask of each image: Can I eliminate this image without diminishing the whole?
With only six images to work with, ruthless editing is required to be sure each one adds something to the whole.
One of the key ways that a group of images is bound together as a unified whole is via a common stylistic treatment.
When all the images are, for example, soft-focus with a heavy vignette, then they will more likely be seen as related .
If five of the images are soft-focus with a heavy vignette, but one of them is not, the odd one will look out of place. It simply won’t belong with the others. Every project needs a style, and it is one of the measurements of aesthetic success when the style employed enhances the emotional content of the project.
Content may be King, but when a photographer selects a style for all the images, the content is polished for the best effect.
The term “style,” by the way, should not be interpreted as some sort of complex Photoshop rendering.
It may be, but straight-out-of-the-camera JPGs are a style, too.
The question that needs to be addressed is whether or not a SOOC image is the best style to express the emotions you intend. The style (some people use the term “treatment”) is a conscious decision about how the project is best empowered by your aesthetic decisions. The style used with a single image is of far less importance than when presenting a group of images — say, six for example — that are intended to be viewed as a unified whole. And notice that the “style” I’m referring to here is not your style (a common misconception left over from old schools of thought), but rather the style for your project.
If you develop three different Seeing in SIXES projects, you will need to develop the best style for each — and these will very likely be different from one another.
We are photographers, so working with images is right in our wheelhouse.
Part of the reason I think Seeing in SIXES has connected with so many photographers is because it is an ideal medium to combine image and idea. In fact, it’s the idea aspect that sets six-image projects apart.
Images, by themselves, tend to show us what is, or perhaps an idealized what is — but have a limited capacity for expressing more complex ideas.
The entire concept of Seeing in SIXES is to expand the camera from a mere recording device into a means of communication from a thinking photographer to their audience.
32nd Sutherland Shire National Exhibition of Photography
Other bits and pieces which should be of interest.
Sydney International Exhibition of Photography www.siep.org.au
Len Metcalf lensschool.com
Adam Williams ( for inspiration and workshops) www.australianphotographer.com
Luke Tscharke, (for great astrophotography tips and workshops) luketscharke.com
Pamela Pauline ( local fine art photographic artist ) www.pamelapauline.com
Peter Coulson (inspiration for fashion photography, great studio lighting and workshops)
Greg Benz Photography for tutorials and newsletter www.gregbenzphotography.com
Alfonso Calero ( for travel photography workshops) www.alfonso.com.au/sydney-photography-courses/
Mark Galer, Adobe Ambassador www.markgaler.com
Photoshop Cafe ( loads of free tutorials ) photoshopcafe.com
Phlearn (easy to follow tutorials, many of them are free, you don't have to subscribe ) www.phlearn.com
www.beckhamdigital.com.au (go to more , then newsletter) for some awesome tuitions. Thanks Alan for this one!
For a different perspective and inspiring photography, have a look at Erika Zolli Photography www.erikazolli.it
Just click on the links or google any of the above for more information.
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