Teaching Materials - Exercise

Composition series (3) Take five

Name of Artist Educator: Thomas Lin
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Technical exercise

How to obtain a pair of photographer’s eye so as to preview the effects of the image before clicking the shutter?


Concept / Inspiration:

How to obtain a pair of photographer’s eye so as to preview the effects of the image before clicking the shutter?

There is a big difference between the vision of human and the lens of the camera. For example, the lens of the camera is rectangular while the vision of human is even broader than rectangles. Lin’s exercises mainly focus on the composition training. The ultimate objective of the task is to obtain a pair of photographer’s eyes. It means that the photographers who are equipped with the vision and knowledge could preview the effects of the image before clicking the shutter. They could adjust the camera according to their own will.


Goals:

  • To train students’ ability to composite and observe.

Materials / Equipment:

  • Camera

Location:

Classroom


Workshop Description:

Select one object and take five photographs from different angles. i.e. the prototype, overview, relationship, parts and changes of the objects.

Prototype: the most common and iconic side of the object.
Overview: the general view of the object.
Part: Opposite to the prototype. It is the less common side of the object whereas it can also tell what the object is.
Relationship: The relationship between the object and the world, i.e. the environment where it is at, its function and values. Narrating with images will be involved in this step.
Changes: It is not related to any of the above. This step allows the students to use their own creativity. They are encouraged to explore more possibilities, i.e. some unusual angles. They could also give a new meaning to the object, i.e. to capture movement of a moving bricks. The photographers have to get involved or change the status of the brick.

Note 1: The instructor suggests that demonstrations and references are not always needed as long as the students could understand the principles and the targets. He believes that students should have the ability to do self- learning and explore by themselves. Demonstrations may sometimes hinder their creativity.


Actual Outcome:

  1. Students tended to treat prototype and overview as the same perspective. Sometimes prototypes and overview of the objects could not be easily divided. Instructor could have the discussion with the students.
  2. Students were not able to finish all five items especially for the changes of the events. They may need more time to explore. Therefore, it could be arranged as home assignment so that they could have enough time to finish.

 


Work:

Students’ work:

Summer Lin
【Prototype】
IMG_2087

【Overview】
IMG_2088

【Relationship】
IMG_2094

【Parts】
IMG_2090

【Changes】
IMG_2099
IMG_2107

Alice Chu
【Prototype】,【Overview】
IMG_8123

【Relationship】
IMG_8068

【Parts】
IMG_8065

【Changes】
IMG_8114

Dorothy Cheung
【Prototype】
DSCF2593

【Overview】
DSCF2628

【Relationship】
DSCF2627

【Parts】
DSCF2635

【Changes】
DSCF2611


Reference Materials:

Instructor’s demonstration:

【Prototype】
1

【Overview】
2

【Relationship】
3

【Parts】
4

【Changes】
5