THREE ELEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

WHY THREE OR LESS ELEMENTS?

THREE ELEMENTS APPLIES OT ALL PHOTOS TAKEN IN THIS CLASS!

What is a THREE ELEMENT photo?

You have been asked to do your first assignment using THREE or LESS major elements in your photo.

The purpose of these THREE ELEMENT assignments is to help you overcome the most common student (and professional) mistake of having too many major objects and distractions in a photo that draw one away from your intended purpose or subject.

If you are able to have a CLEAN background, you are already on your way to success in this assignment.

THREE ELEMENTS forces you to consider the entire camera frame when you are shooting. This is a key strategy in great photography. Our mind has a tendency to see only the subject. Our minds often edit out those other distracting details in backgrounds.

In order to make a clean photograph, you will have to MAKE your mind wander around the viewfinder and edit out distractions before you shoot. THREE ELEMENTS forces you to consider everything else in the photograph as well as your intended main subject.

So keep it clean. Pull clarity out of clutter. Keep it simple.

Most imporant, take a photo that forces people to view it.

As we go along, I will help you in the refinements of shooting with clarity.

FIRST START WITH THESE WEBSITES:

SEE STEVE McCURRY WEBSITE

SEE ANOTHER McCURRY LOCATION

GEOGRAPHIC'S SAM ABEL (SEE THE THREE ELMENT USAGE, CLAIRTY AND SIMPLICITY OF HIS RECENT OF WORK)

DAVID DOUBILET

JAMES L. STANFIELD

JEFF MURRAY WEBSITE (NAU grad)

RICK LOOMIS WEBSITE

JOSH NASH (current student)

SCHWEPKER NATURE SLIDESHOW

SCHWEPKER PHOTOJOURNALISM SLIDESHOW

Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale

Kimberly Grabosky, Best Of Photojournalism

Rick Loomis, Best Of Photojournalism

Matthew Ratajczk, Best Of Photojournalism

JED CONLKIN, SPOKESMAN REVIEW

Ami Vitale

Kyle Green, Roanoke Times

Barbara Davidson, Pictures of the Year

Hector Mediavilla

Farah Nosh, Pictures of the Year

Erika Schultz, Seattle Times, NAU Grad

Erika Schultz, Seattle Times, NAU Grad

Erika Schultz, Seattle Times, NAU Grad

Erika Schultz, Seattle Times, NAU Grad

Erika Schultz, Seattle Times, NAU Grad

Erika Schultz, Seattle Times, NAU Grad

Weather feature, Ellen Banner, Seattle Times

Featrure, Michael Froberg, Columbia Dispatch