Classical Art & Photography

In terms of artistic mediums, photography is a relatively new form. Many of the composition techniques used by the Old Masters are major influences to the way we see and create photography in modern times. In the following hour and half long seminar artist and photographer Adam Marelli delivers an informative presentation on how photographers incorporate the ideas of artists of different mediums into their work as sure fire ways to improve the visual aesthetics of an image:

There are more than a few ways that studying fine art can shift the way you compose photographs for the better. By taking the time and paying attention to what some may consider a minor detail (e.g., background, shading, dominant eye, etc.) you can take a flat, boring image to vibrant and full of life with just some small adjustments. Here are some key points made by Marelli:

  • Painters put the dominant eye in the center of the photograph. Steve McCurry used the same technique in his famous Afghan Girl portrait.
  • Using a light subject against a dark background or a dark subject against a bright background will differentiate the two from one another, thus making it less confusing as to what the subject actually is.
  • Keep the light and dark portions of your photograph balanced and in rhythm. In the Ansel Adams portrait below, you can see how he is a master at this.

composing photographs

The information presented in the seminar is a refreshing look at photography composition. The approach takes an outside-the-box-approach at the rule of thirds, leading lines, and other essential rules by breaking them down to a near science. Don’t be put off by the length of the video; there is a lot of information to take in, much of which you may be hearing for the first time. The clip is beneficial to photographers of all skill levels.

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4 responses to “Classical Art & Photography”

  1. felix thorne says:

    This is one of the best and most informative sites.

  2. This is maybe the best of these types of seminars I’ve seen yet. Adam is great. Brilliant material in this one. Very useful incorporating artistic design elements with light, into photography. I’d love to see more of this and more of Adam’s teaching.
    Thanks !

  3. Michelle says:

    AWESOME information and presentation. Would love to see more like this. Adam is a great teacher.

  4. Excellent, excellent material. Professionally presented; good flow and timing; one of the best knowledge-based videos out there. The length is perfect and I could have taken in another 30 min or so and still have wanted more. Definitely a good length for the depth of the information to be properly presented. Adam Marelli is good at this and we want more form him. Thank you PictureCorrect.

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