Photo Zero (Safe Edition)
Photography is the documentation of our observations of reality. It's an art-form that is directly influenced by how we see the world and our emotional responses to what we observe.
Photo Zero is a digital photography handbook that prioritizes the eye behind the view-finder; with the belief that the eye plays a bigger role in creating a photograph than the camera itself. It explores photography through the observation of light and examination of our inner world - bridging imagination and evolution.
These are some of the topics discussed in the PDF (in no order):
Boosting imagination, overcoming creative blocks, conceptualizing, overcoming anxiety through photography, directing and posing a model, forming a connection with your subject, making an income as an artist, pointers to look out for while shooting portraiture, portfolio building, contacting brands/agencies, understanding textures, how to implement a designer’s eye into seeing, abstract thinking, the etiquette of shooting nudity, dealing with self-doubt and judgment, benefits of shooting on film and a whole bunch of other stuff.
Basic knowledge of the operations of a camera of any sort.
Open-mindedness, patience, and dedication.
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Chapter 0 - Breath
Chapter Zero breaks down the ways in which photography as a craft and practice can be a meditative experience. Photography can be a method of slowing things down and managing anxiety. We also talk about the roles of intuition, patience, and curiosity.
Chapter 1 - Basics
Chapter one is a brief overview; covering the basic mechanics of the camera, various lenses, film types, shooting with natural light, and digital vs. film photography. There are several videos and articles on the internet that teach the basics of using a camera and in this chapter, I provide links to trusted sources that cover the topics.
Chapter 2 - Design
Chapter two helps us view light through new relationships. It demonstrates how to implement design principles into observing and framing subjects. We also explore light through geometry, patterns, detail, and composition.
Chapter 3 - Synergy
Chapter three is about making associations between points of interest in a non-obvious way; seeing beyond the surface. This chapter helps us with out of the box thinking and conceptualization.
Chapter 4 - Texture
In chapter four we further our understanding of light through its relationship with textures. We explore how paintings use light and shadow to create a setting.
Chapter 5 - Portraiture
Chapter five dissects the key elements of creating portraiture, along with how to form a connection with our subject. This chapter also outlines grounding practices to release tension in order to help with forming connections with our subjects.
Chapter 7 - Business
We explore marketing, building a strong portfolio, contacting agencies, working with models, gathering an audience, actualizing our style, and discovering outlets for our work beyond digital platforms.
Assignments & Commissions
Every chapter ends with assignments, commissions, or both. These practices are based on real-world scenarios. They require your participation to solidify the information discussed in the corresponding chapter.