Start: 09/20/2013 06:30PM
Stop: 09/20/2013 09:00PM
2013 George E. Hayes Lecture and Seminar
"See It: Improving Your Photographic Eye" with Ellen Anon
Lecture - Friday, September 20 6:30-9:00pm
Free and open to the public. Limited availability; call 716.896.5200 x380 to reserve your spot.
An outstanding image consists of more than just acceptable exposure and sharp focus. Even a fascinating subject doesn't guarantee a great image and likewise, it's possible to create an impressive image from a mundane subject. Some people are said to have a natural "eye" and are able to craft compelling images seemingly without effort whereas others struggle while depending on a list of traditional rules that usually conclude with the advice to memorize the rules and then break them. That makes it challenging to know when to follow the rules and when to ignore them.
This Friday talk and Saturday seminar, based on Ellen's book "See It: Photographic Composition Using Visual Intensity" explains an alternative method to create strong images and do so naturally - thereby developing your photographic eye. The technique is based on elements of art, psychology and photography and relies on your assessment of the amount and location of energy in the image. Ellen will talk about the various elements that contribute to that energy and what things you can do to place the energy where you want it while creating the image in camera. There are no rules to memorize and break, just a different, but intuitive, way of thinking about what you're putting in the frame.
In Saturday's seminar we'll explore Visual Intensity and it's components in more depth in a series of interactive sessions throughout the day. Each session will begin with a discussion of a particular element (or two) of visual intensity, followed by time to complete an assignment to photograph while emphasizing those elements. We'll then process each assignment and take a look at some of the images created by the participants. By the end of the day you're likely to be thinking differently as you pick up your camera and look through the viewfinder.
The focus of the seminar is to build a foundation that you can expand on in building your own unique style. Regardless of your ability level, this seminar is an opportunity to think in a slightly different way that can help you create images with impact.
About Ellen Anon
Ellen a freelance photographer and writer who specializes in expressive photography. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and while practicing as a psychologist, began working part time in photography co-leading workshops, writing articles, editing and authoring books and gradually evolved into a full time professional photographer in the mid 1990's.
Her images, based on nature, are sometimes realistic and sometimes abstract but always designed to elicit emotional reactions from the viewer. Her goal is to go beyond the ordinary in ways that hopefully stimulate others to pause and appreciate some of the beauty and wonder of our earth that balances some of the stress of everyday life. Ellen's images are included in collections in several countries and her photos have been showcased in galleries, used in numerous publications (including Sierra Club's "Mother Earth" and Inner Reflections calendars), as well as stock. She's also had winning and commended images in international contests including BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Windland Rice Nature's Best Competitions.
Ellen is one of the co-authors of the highly acclaimed book, "See It; Photographic Composition Using VIsual Intensity" (Focal Press, 2012) as well as the "Photoshop for Nature Photographers; A Workshop in a Book," series (Sybex, 2010) and "Aperture 3; Portable Genius" (Wiley, 2012) all written with her son, Josh Anon. She leads photographic and Photoshop, Nik, or Aperture oriented workshops. She's a featured speaker at various events and also creates video training materials. She's an active member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and is very honored to be on the SanDisk Extreme Team.