The exercise for this lesson is: Find several photographs, not my own, to which I have a strong positive reaction. Then analyze them, facts not emotions. Look for things like format, technical choices, perspective, light, lines, etc.
I have been putting this lesson off for a few reasons:
- It is the last lesson :(
- Last week was busy with my daughter home on Spring Break, and this lesson required some thought and quiet time.
- I don't want to analyze photos. I just want to feel them. I like them because I like them and that's good enough for me.
I generally prefer horizontal as opposed to vertical photos. I feel horizontal tells more of the story. I love shallow depth of field. I prefer eye level shots. Natural light is a must. I like roads or paths with clearly defined lines. In my still life pictures, there is a heavy preference for blue in every hue and saturation.
I think the biggest eye opener for me when I did this exercise was learning my preference is for eye-level shots, followed by shots from above, least favorite is from below.
The first picture is taken looking up at the barn, the second shot is of the mechanism for opening the barn doors, taken at eye level.
So once again even through my resistance Kat has taught me something about myself and my photography style. She is so tricky.
If you have never taken one of Kat's classes I would highly, highly recommend taking one. The stuff you will learn about yourself and the way you photograph is amazing.