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Conquering Shadows and Long Exposures

This passage was excerpted from Minus 2/3 The Invisible Flash by Gerd Ludwig, available in eBook format and paperback now!

Minus 2/3 is the latest release from photographer and author Gerd Ludwig. Ludwig received the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 2015 and has been photographing for National Geographic since the early 1990s. In Minus 2/3, he takes us behind the scenes of his iconic photos to share his flash techniques.


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Nurturing Creativity

See the World (2014) Creativity demonstration at Ivy Hall on the SCAD Atlanta Campus. Jillian Christmas (model). © Claire Rosen

There are many things you can do to create the conditions for creativity and productivity. Although everyone is capable of being creative, reaching your full potential requires you to nurture that creativity.


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Composition for Moving Images – Shot Sizes

Composing shots for moving images is, in essence, very similar to composing for still images or paintings. But like any other craft, cinema has created its own visual principles with one fundamental intention: to effectively control what viewers see in the frame, how they see it, and when they see it.

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Driving Miss Camera by Guy Tal

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found. —James Russell Lowell

In order for photography of natural things to enter the realm of the fine arts, it must first be acknowledged that, before assuming any meaning, photographs are products of machines; that natural phenomena are products of forces independent of, and oblivious to, the emotions and significance ascribed to them by human beings; and that art is a manufactured product of the human mind. Therefore, the photographic artist’s task is to find a way to relate these notions to one another in a balanced and meaningful way.


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