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OPG GOLD LIVE: Critique-A-Palooza

Pro photographer Ian Plant will be hosting the next OPG GOLD LIVE class on June 7th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. CT. He will dedicate the entire class to critiquing Gold member photos. This is an opportunity to receive thoughtful, detailed, and constructive critique from a leading outdoor photography professional. Join us for this exciting special…

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Lesson 9: Creative Technique

We are nearing the end of "See! Create!" Over the lessons of this course we have discussed the importance in creating images that evoke emotions in our viewers. You might have picked up that I think that the best way to do this is to purposefully create our images and not just take pictures of things we see. This lesson is about creative techniques you can use to make evocative images.

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Lesson 8: Go Into Details

Ever hear the expression, "the devil is in the details?" It means that while a task might look simple, there is incredible depth to it and is more complex than initially estimated. The same can be said for the images we strive to create. While the goal is to keep our frames simple, we typically want to include detail to help tell our story.

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Lesson 7: See the Light

Photography is the study of light.

What happens when there is no light? You can't see, right? Given that this course is about learning to see, being able to see light from a photographic standpoint is crucial. Being able to see the interplay of both light and shadows in itself can be a story that evokes an emotional response. Different qualities of light can also evoke different responses.

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Lesson 6: Composing Ourselves

If you look at the work of successful professional photographers, their most impactful photos are at war with the simple compositional techniques that most photographers use. They understand that there are no rules for composition, there are only techniques, that when used properly, will allow your subject to be placed anywhere in your frame.

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Field Dispatch: Ethiopia

Ian Plant travels to Ethiopia where he shoots on the edge of light, sharing his favorite techniques for making daring photos at twilight, night, and in low light. Join Ian as he photographs a variety of subjects including gelada monkeys, ancient rock-hewn churches, a churning lava lake, and a stunning cave system. Watch now >>

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Lesson 5: Capturing Emotions

There are two things I hear most from other photographers when they are talking about improving their work. The first is they want to be able to tell a story with their images, which was our topic last lesson. Another goal I often hear is that photographers want their images to have an emotional impact on their viewers, which coincidentally enough, is this lesson's topic. Entire books have been written on this subject, so I am going to stick to five fundamental tips to keep the length of the post readable.

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