Looking through your camera’s viewfinder and snapping what’s in front of you is easy once you’ve mastered the technicalities of photography, but knowing how to creatively see the image you are about to capture is a skill that doesn’t come naturally to all aspirant photographers. The good news is that while photographic vision may not be an inherent ability, it is a skill that can be developed through studying visual principles and developing a visual vocabulary.
During this 2-part series, Danie Bester covers the foundational aspects of photographic vision. He provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental aspects of learning to see photographically. Students are taught how to use the camera as an extension of their vision, through observation, insight and the development of a visual vocabulary. He utilises samples of his own work, as well as that of renowned international photographers, in order to demonstrate these aspects. The course expounds on the various rules of composition, while quietly alluding to creative ways of breaking them to produce visual masterpieces that stand out among the clutter.
The series concludes with a practical exercise, which will solidify what you have learned. You will also receive a complete set of notes and visual design cheat-sheet for self-study afterwards.
About Danie Bester
Danie is the founder of DPC and Photo Critic. He is a well-respected photography educator and accomplished fine art photographer. His work has been included in the recent Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa. Recently, he has been hailed by the Photo World Magazine, as a “Knight of photography as art”. His philosophy about photography is that the camera is just a tool; and that true creativity comes from inside and through studying and applying visual tools and principles.