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This course (and LPS as a whole) is for you if you…

  • Are comfortable with your gear and want to go further in your photography.
  • Are generally pleased with your images but still feel like there’s something more to be had.
  • If you feel “stuck” creatively. This course is for you!

Interpreting the “rules” of photography

  • Rules are cliché.
  • “Rules are made to be broken” is also a cliché, but it’s so true.
  • I suggest you focus your efforts on design principles instead of rules.

Principles are more universal

  • Principles of Design either exist in a photo or they don’t, they’ll work for us or they won’t. They aren’t a set value that means the photo is a failure if it’s not met.
  • Ask yourself, what Design Principles do I see when making an image? Balance, Texture, Layering, Shapes.
  • Many of these design principles may sound like photographic rules. By looking at them differently we release ourselves from “needing” them to appreciating them when they are there, and not worrying so much when they aren’t.

Design Principles = Creative Understanding

  • Talking and learning about Design Principles helps us to better articulate the purpose of the photograph.
  • Let’s not be fooled, not all photos are going to succeed!
  • The presence of Design Principles (or lack thereof) doesn’t make or break a photograph. There’s still more to it.
  • In this course we shall unravel the mysteries and make new discoveries for you and your creativity. 
  • No longer are we punished for not following a rule but we celebrate each photo for its own successes.
  • My Design-Thinking approach to photography needs to be applied to your entire image-making process. From capture to post-production. You will learn to emphasize certain things and minimize other items to help achieve the goals you have for the photographs you make!

You will grow in your photography!

  • I hope you’re open to thinking a little differently about your photography. Even if you’ve been through these types of things before I want you to be willing to analyze and define more sharply who you are as a photographer. 
  • If you can put it into words you’ll be able to put it into repeatable action.

After going through this entire course and the recommended exercises, you should see some growth. At least in your photographic outlook. But with practice, and with applying what you learn here, you’ll definitely see growth in your own photography.

The next two videos in the course will go through the differences between what we see with our eyes and how the camera interprets the scene. We will then take a look at how we respond to images, and then chapter two is all about understanding yourself and your photography.
Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 focus completely on the various design principles we can consider in our photography making experience.