Last weekend, famed photographer (and Sony Artisan Of Light) Matthew Jordan Smith spoke to the CT chapter of the Professional Photographers of America and offered a novel photo exercise to those in attendance as well on his website. I'll allow him to describe the concept (from his web post)... "When was the last time a movie had a strong impact on you? Today I want to use a movie to help every photographer become stronger in taking better pictures.
I just returned from speaking to 200 photographers in Connecticut regarding how they can create stronger images. Also during the program I announced the start of an online exercise to help photographers learn to create stronger images. The exercise is not just for those who were in attendance but for every photographer around the world who wants to become better at creating great photographs. You too can be a part of this exercise, and all you need to do is have a twitter account and watch the first hour of "The Sound of Music"with the volume turned off. That's right, I want you to rent, buy or find someway to watch this classic movie, but without the sound. You don't have to watch the entire movie unless you want to, but I'd like you to watch the first hour without sound. The purpose of this exercise is to help you focus on the power of composition and lighting."
You have to admit that this is an interesting exercise (one that I'll try when I get my hands on the DVD) and it lends credence to the fact that photographic inspiration & instruction can be found in the most unlikely places. If I remember correctly, the film is breathtakingly beautiful and you can keenly find examples of excellent composition, lighting and other photo techniques. If you're interested in following along, click onto this post from Matthew Jordan Smith's website with a summary of this exercise. I'll write a follow-up soon with my findings (and I promise not to yodel!) BTW, another great hour was had in our "Digital SLR Basics" class last night & we thank the 10 students who joined us. Our next class is for those who have the new mirrorless cameras like the Sony NEX, Olympus PEN or Nikon 1. If this fits your description, join us next Thursday (3/22) for our "Mirrorless Camera Basics" class, here at the store at 7PM.