Photo Zero (PDF)
Photography is the art of documenting our observations of reality (light). It's largely dependent on how we observe the world and our emotional responses to what we take in.
While it is important that we understand the basic functions of the camera, composition, and lighting, it is even more important that we examine, nurture, and develop the eye behind the viewfinder.
The primary goal of Photo Zero is to spark curiosity, strengthen our connection with intuition, and boost imagination. It also explores the technical aspects of photography such as composition, camera settings, and more.
No one can teach us how to see, but through curiosity and imagination, we can expand our perspective and overcome creative blockages.
Photo Zero is a photography course condensed into a handbook that is easily accessible on a phone, tablet, and desktop. It encourages active participation, calling on the full involvement of the person taking the course.
Photo Zero focuses on the observation of light and our inner world; bridging photography, imagination, and evolution.
The eye looking through the viewfinder plays a bigger role in creating a photograph than the camera itself.
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.
There are also video tutorials (see bottom of the page)
Designed by: Berger & Föhr
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 chapter.
Four workflow videos (stream only - access whenever)
- Using Photoshop to color-correct film scans and digital photos - 15 minutes
- Retouching skin in Photoshop - 23 minutes
- Using InDesign to create quick layouts - 31 minutes
- An additional skin-retouching video (without commentary) - 21 minutes
- How I meter and adjust the lighting on the iPhone camera to get deep shadows and rich colors - 8 minutes