Teaching Materials - Exercise

Observation motive

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Self-awareness

Someone takes photography as a medium of speed. Intuition leads the visual sense. It does not require too much manipulation. The random the better. However......


Concept / Inspiration:

Someone takes photography as a medium of speed. Intuition leads the visual sense. It does not require too much manipulation. The random the better. However, the instructor Leung Yiu Hong thinks that the convenience of taking photos brought by technical advancement makes the act of photo taking less serious and thoughtful. The exercise aims to encourage beginners like students to change the habit of random photo-taking. They are encouraged to observe first and think of the motive first before taking photos.


Goals:

To encourage students to build up habit of thorough consideration before shooting.


Materials / Equipment:

  • Camera

Location:

Within school


Workshop Description:

Part One│Explanation (30 minutes)

It touches on two different ways of composition. It encourages students to think of motive and methods before shooting.

The first one is making use of distance to represent the 3-dimentional space on 2-dimentional image.
Photography is a medium of 2-dimentional representation. How to represent the 3-dimentional space on it? The instructor could first introduce drawings from Renaissance. These show the use of dots, lines, colours, shapes, shadows and contrast to represent the space dimension. Drawers in the old days made use of projection to construct the space accurately. Most importantly, they invented one-point perspective drawing.

The second composition emphasises representing tension of the subject at a short distance.
“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” quoted from Robert Capa, a famous war photographer. He believes that photographers need to be engaged in the subjects. His photos often represent the instant tension. By reading the composition of the photo, audience could identify his participation in the issues when he took the photos and also his perspective.

 

Part Two│Practice (45 minutes)

Students are asked to take 3 photos that emphasise spatial dimension. They have to pay attention to composition, colours and lines.

 

Part Three│Sharing (20 minutes)

Students could share the photos. They are required to articulate clearly the angle and motive. The sharing aims to discuss on perspective and observation motive of the photographer and encourage them to change the habit of random photo-taking.


Actual Outcome:

Most of the students could manage the task and even performed brilliantly. The instructor was satisfied.


Work:

Students’ works:

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