Street Photography Composition: Transform Your Photography Using Science
Join me, Polly Rusyn, to learn the science behind seeing and how to speak the brain’s visual language. I’m a bit of a geek and have always loved figuring out how things work, and that goes for photography too! And I don’t mean the technical side. When I began doing street photography I was desperate to figure out why some photos worked when others didn’t so that I could improve my own. So I sought out the work of “the greats” and I reverse engineered them, I studied them, and I learned about psychology too. So while street photography is usually seen as an art, I want to teach you the science!
Using examples of my own work you’ll learn about:
- The Gestalt principles of visual perception and how to apply them
- The filter in your brain that can be programmed to fine-tune your observation
- The power of your frame and how to use it wisely
- How geometry plays a key role in photography composition
- How to take intriguing photographs with and without people
Before we dive into all the science I’m also going to kick off the class by sharing with you what I believe is the formula for a great street photo and you’ll get a simple framework to apply to your own work whether it’s at the time of shooting or afterwords when picking your best shots. This first lesson is the longest one because it will give you a great foundation for the rest of the class.
This class is designed for anyone with curiosity, the desire to create, and a camera (and it can be your iPhone!). It’s aimed at beginner street shooters but photographers of all levels can have fun with the principles and the ideas I share. The result will be that you will start to see, think about, and frame the world in new and exciting ways and your confidence in your own creativity will grow.