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Scott Kelby’s 2nd Worldwide Photowalk

So, what is a photowalk? Well, its a group of photographers, amateur and professional alike that get together and capture images of anything they feel is compelling enough. It takes only 2 hours and I am fortunate to be leading the Johannesburg Photowalk in this worldwide event and I think it is going to be amazing. For more info on the Photowalk, click here. Remember the walk is worldwide and is taking place in over 500 cities around the globe, so find the walk nearest your city, click on it and register. If it is full (there can only be 50 walkers) then maybe drop a comment to Brad Moore on the photowalk website. If you need more info, drop me a comment and I will see how I can help you…..


Follow the rules..sometimes!

If you have been taking photos for some time, you will have heard of the various rules that are out there about how to take a good pic. Things like leading lines, rule of thirds etc… In many cases, these rules are a good foundation and the have a lot of value to help you to get you images looking good, but you have to know WHEN and HOW to break them. For example, take the rule of thirds, you know the one…you divide you image up into thirds and as far as possible, put your centre of interest on one of the lines as they interesect (called a powerpoint  – nothing to do with Microsoft) But when can you break this rule, well, if your COI (centre of Interest or Subject) is so compelling that it doesnt matter where you put it. Pieter Hugo is a South African photographer who breaks these rules with great aplomb, but his subject matter is so incredible, you can’t help but look at his images. They create a sense of unease, the colours are muted and darkened, but the images are incredible. Take a look at the pics in this post, tell me what you think, Should Pieter have followed a more traditional composition, or does this work…I Hyena Manthink it does!


What makes a photo Great?

Well, you can go into detail about the “rule of thirds” (more about this another time) you can talk about the lighting, the colour, the tone, the expression and guess what. All of these would be correct. What makes a photo great is the combination of all of the above techniques and more. A great photo is about what speaks to you personally. Great photos will show emotion, will exude some sort of passion, will cause you to think, will make you laugh, or even cry. A defining image is not simply about a topic or a person, its about what it says about those things. You will know when a photo is great…its the one that speaks to you without verbally saying a thing…

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