Last wednesday I watched a live video feed on the internet. The video program is called The Grid (it airs each wednesday at 4:00 pm EST) and is hosted by professional photographer Scott Kelby. The video last week focused on their first live blind critique of photos. The day before in Google+ Scott was asking those interested in taking part to send links of their Google+ photo albums containing at least five photos. Some of the photos did make it on the show the next day, without the photographer being named. One of the individuals present during the live critique was a woman who is an artist who creates paintings. She was off camera and often helps out on the show with very well thought out comments. (Sorry, I did not write down her name.) One of her comments to Scott Kelby during the show was the importance of the 3C’s of art; Color, Composition, and Curiosity.
Scott and the other professional named Matt (sorry I did not write down his last name either) mentioned that many of the images critiqued had serious issues with both the composition and curiosity. Some of the images were not well thought out and had issues with; flowers coming out of a subjects head, or the groom and bride on a porch sitting apart from one another, and the ordinary objects being dull.
I found myself learning a lot from this one hour program. Some of what they had discussed and mentioned in the critique I was aware of from my days of using film. When I began to shoot digital just this last year I kept many of the “rules” and techniques learned and now apply them to the new tools of photography. For example, I look at the scene by walking around and finding the best place to make the image so the composition is strong.
In the blog entries over the next few weeks I will cover the 3C’s of art and photography; Composition, Color, and Curiosity. As you create and work with your photos, be thinking about your own use of these three elements. Are you thinking about them before you fire that shutter, or afterwards when you are at your computer for hours?