Lesson 1: Lamp

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    This was a fun assignment. I went through several different subject matters before settling on the base of a lamp. I really enjoyed playing with the curves of the wire and seeing the difference it made when I zoomed in on the center of the lamp or the wall behind or the closest wires. I was initially shooting horizontally or vertically, but I found the curves mixed with an off-kilter camera angle was very aesthetically pleasing.

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    When I first uploaded the images and settled on the shot above, I thought “Oh man, I should’ve dusted the lamp before I took pictures of it!” But after spending some time looking at it, I actually think the dust adds an interesting texture to the lines. I can’t decide if that texture is interesting or distracting though.

    Thanks for taking a look. I’m looking forward to your feedback.
    Take care!

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Hi there,

    First, welcome to our little community!

    Second, don’t forget to follow photographyicon on twitter or follow me personally.

    Now that you’ve done your first assignment I’d like to congratulate you on taking steps toward being an better photographer.

    In this assignment specifically I want you think and shoot the world differently from now on. You have to see the world as the most incredible and visually place you could possibly imagine.

    There is beauty, drama, action, and incredible photographic opportunities EVERYWHERE. There is always at least 10 incredible photographs to be taken at any given moment.

    I’m convinced of this fact.

    With that in mind, you’ve already done that. You’ve found something that a non-photographer would ignore as boring and you’ve tried to showcase whats interesting about it.

    This notion can help you through your photography. This is one of the many little lessons you will have to keep in your mind when you shoot and it will certainly improve your photography.

    You will want to think to yourself, what exactly is it that I’m photographing and why is this interesting enough for it to be worth my lens and the time of anyone viewing the image?

    When you consider that, you will shoot more interesting photographs immediately.

    Here are a couple examples or related images that are interesting:

    photo by tonythemisfit

    photo by pagedooley

    I’m happy to have you as a member of our community and I look forward to your work going forward.

    Well done here.

    See you on the next assignment. High fives! 😀


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