Re: Re: Lesson 2: Assignment

Duncan Rawlinson

Thanks for sending in your second submission.

You can check out this list of amazing photographers that I put together for new students who want to learn from masters.

Ansel Adams
Edward Weston
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Eugene Atget
Richard Avedon
Robert Frank
Walker Evans
William Eggleston
Garry Winogrand
Alfred Stieglitz
Lee Friedlander
Andre Kertesz
Paul Strand
Edward Steichen
Stephen Shore
Dorothea Lange
Lewis W. Hine
Andreas Feininger
Robert Capa
Man Ray
Helmut Newton
Robert Doisneau
Alexander Rodchenko
Julia Margaret Cameron
Gordon Parks
Ara Guler
August Sander
Alvin Baltrop
Michael K. Brown
Andreas Gursky
Sebastiao Salgado
David Bailey
Ryan Mcginley
Jan Saudek
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Willy Ronis
Albert Renger-Patzsch
Eadweard James Muybridge
Mathew Brady
Dan Winters
Duncan Rawlinson 😮

You have written a short piece that is very personal and I quite like it.

I’m not here to make people write essays about things they don’t want to write about so I’m happy that you took the assignment and ran with it despite the fact that you haven’t had the opportunity to study the masters of photography just yet.

I notice a few things in your essay immediately.

You have a remarkably clear understanding of what you like to photograph and what you like to see in a photograph.

You enjoy:
electricity pylons too!

This is great.

Just the process of writing this down will make your photography better by thinking about what you like to photograph.

Next time you see a flower, animal, or a good landscape you will shoot it because you’ll think to yourself. I like shooting landscapes!

you will learn about how you can use lines, colors, and various subject matter to improve your photos in this course as well.

Another interesting thing to note about your piece is how in tune you are with how photographs impact you and others on an emotional level.

You might want to use that to your advantage in your photography by shooting emotional things. Like people crying, or laughing, or fighting.

On the electricity pylons specifically here are a few things you can try.

Try shooting a dutch angle. (very crooked horizon line on purpose)

Maybe try shooting in black and white.

You can try getting close (but not too close)

Try getting very low and shooting up.

Alternatively try to get far draw leading lines and make patterns with the pylons.

In other words move around.

Also don’t be afraid to wait for the right time of day to shoot the photo. Preferably magic hour. Or mid day if you’re looking for harsh light.

I’m glad this “waffling” was difficult for you. 😉 We only grow when someone pushes us or we push ourselves out of our comfort zone.

Good job on this.

I’ll see you on the next assignment!