Understanding Lighting and Composition


Nicole Cawlfield, Thin Up Girl, Rita, 1997.


Meet me at the Getty Center on Sunday, February 8 at 11 am

Give yourself about 20 minutes to get from the parking lot
to the front of the museum's welcome pavillion (near the souvenir shop)











Project #2
Better understand lighting conditions, and methods for framing your subject.
How to change your camera in response to available and artificial lighting conditions

Frame your subject to give you the most / best options in the darkroom
Compose your subject to strengthen your message
Shot Minimum (at least three of the following):
Candid images of people who are unaware they are being photographed, subjects who are far away from the camera, subjects who are close to the camera, subjects who are moving, subjects lit by single, artificial light source, subjects lit with natural light in a low light scene, subjects lit with natural light in brightly lit scene, single subject, multiple subjects in one shot, dramatic image, subdued image, and funny or creative / experimental image










Imogen Cunningham, Bobbie Libarry,











Imogen Cunningham, Martha Graham, 1931.











Gordon Parks, Muhammed Ali, 1970.
Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, 1953.










Will Counts, Hazel Brian Shouting Racists Epithets at Elizabeth Eckford, 1957.
Imogen Cunningham, Dream, 1910.











Diane Arbus, Puerto Rican Woman with beauty mark, 1965.
Rubinfien, Leo. "Where Diane Arbus Went." Art in America. October, 2005. 65 - 77.
Diane Arbus, Child with a Toy Hand Grenade, 1970.











Clarence White, Morning Dew, 1908.
Clarence White, The Ring Toss, 1899.











Frank Eugene, Ms. Ide, c. 1890 - 1903.
Frank Eugene, Miss Gene W., c. 1900s.











Richard Avedon, Veruschka von Lehndorff.
Richard Avedon, Sandra Bennett, 1980.











Lee Miller in Hitler's Bathtub, 1945.
Lee Miller Women with Fire Masks, 1941.











Alexander Rodchenko. Untitled (Walking Figure). 1928.
Marien, Mary Warner. Photography: A cultural History. Second edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2006.

"One has to take several different shots of a subject, from different points of view and in different situations, as if one examined it in the round rather than looked through the same key-hole again and again."
- Aleksander Rodchenko











Rule of Thirds


Henri Cartier Bresson, Two Gypsies, 1933.











Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hyères, France, 1932.











Tina Modotti, Portrait, 1920s.