The Art of Figure to Ground: Photography's untaught secret

For years, the Art of Figure to Ground was only taught to artists.
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  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

In this course "The Art of Figure to Ground" we will explore how to add layers to your photograph. Artists have used layers to tell stories in their images, but to make them work effectively we must fully understand the concept of Figure to Ground relationships. From street photography to portraiture, every layer is an opportunity to add something to your picture.

Have you ever wondered why professional photographers always get good images? Are they just lucky or do they see the world differently?

A Room for Improvement is the first photography program that starts training your most important tool, Your Eyes. While most of the photography world is obsessed with gear and post production, the real secret to taking amazing images is learning how to see like an artist. Join artist & photographer Adam Marelli as he shares the tools, lessons, and training that classical artist use to bring images to life. As a trained photographer, painter, and sculptor Marelli combines twenty years of art eduction into simple to follow lessons that you can do in your own backyard.

COURSE STRUCTURE

  • This course is divided into 7 Lectures that are a Master Class in Figure to Ground.
  • Lecture 1: Why your discoveries matter?
  • Lecture 2: Spot the Background first?
  • Lecture 3: Use black and white to see color.
  • Lecture 4: Work like an artist.
  • Lecture 5: Solutions from my portfolio.
  • Lecture 6: See the photograph before it happens.
  • The lectures are designed to be watched in order, but you are free to skip around.
  • This course is approxiamtely 45 minutes, with downloadable images from the lecture, and an assignment designed to highlight the tools from each lecture.

Marelli uses his own work and the famous artists who influenced his work to reveal "how artists work" and "how they learned to see in a completely unique way." For centuries these concepts were reserved for artist guilds and apprenticeships, but for the first time they are being put in a language available to photographers.

EXPECT RESULTS

By the end of this course, you will understand why photographers always say that "the equipment doesn't matter." Learning to see like an artist is one of the single most fulfilling steps on the way to becoming a better photographer. In addition to improving your own work, you will be able to walk into any gallery or museum in the world and know, with full certainty, whether you are looking at a great piece of art or not.

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What are the requirements?

  • A camera (any kind will do, from iPhone to Medium Format) trust me, it does not matter.
  • A notebook, we cover a lot of material. Its easier to write down your thoughts as you go along.
  • It is recommended that you watch "A Room for Improvement: Episode No 001, The Art of Seeing" first.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how and why we want to add layers in photography (and I'm not talking about Photoshop here)
  • Learn how Figure to Ground will help you spot a scene before it happens (I give examples of how I use this technique in the video)
  • How to make pictures with 1, 2, 3, or even 4 subjects at the same time.
  • Lessons from Master Artists in this video include: Raphael, John Singer Sargent, Rosso Fiorentino, Jacopo Pontormo, & Paolo Veronese
  • How to choose a background and what effect it will have on your subject.
  • A practical guide to take you from Black and White to Color pictures using the principles of Figure to Ground.
  • Step by step guide to seeing a photograph before it happens, so you don't miss the decisive moment.
  • By the end of this course you will have a new found appreciation for master artists and never run out of material for your own photography projects.

What is the target audience?

  • Photographers who want to add layers to their photographs.
  • This course is designed for people who want to tell stories with their photographs.
  • This course will apply to Street Photography, Portraiture, Landscape, and Still Life photography.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: The Art of Figure to Ground: How to build layers in a photograph
08:46

In Part 1, lets review your assignment from episode No 001 and see why discovery is an important part of the photo. We will review what you can do and what you should avoid if you want to see like an artist.

09:57

In Part 2, we will look at why background are so important to developing layers. You will learn what happens when we change our background and how that affects the power of our subjects.

11:46

In Part 3, discover why seeing the world in color and making images in black and white can be so challenging. We will look at lessons from Renaissance painters Raphael and Pontormo for tips on how to manage black and white and color scenes.

09:11

In Part 4, we apply the lessons of painted John Singer Sargent as he shows us how to practice capturing scenes while traveling. Whether you are shooting black and white or color, you will see how to transition from painting lessons directly to photography.

08:29

In Part 5, we will look at examples from my photography so you have a step by step way to practice single and double layers. These exercises can be done at home or while traveling.

09:46

The secret to good street photography is being able to see a picture before it happens. Here I give the before and after, as I set the stage and waited for the picture to happen. This approach will change the way you shoot and save you lots of energy that most photographers waste as they try to "chase down" pictures.

04:16

For your assignment, I will describe how to build layers in your photographs using Figure to Ground as the foundation. This assignment will allow you to build stories in your pictures with power and clarity.

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Instructor Biography

Adam Marelli, Professional Photographer & International Exhibiting Artist

In 2010, artist & photographer Adam Marelli opened the doors of his studio to train photographers in the lost lessons of classical art. After the success of his “One on One Mentoring Program” he was invited to give an experimental lecture at B&H Photo Event Space in New York City. The first lecture “Bridging the Gap” (170,000+ views) connected the worlds of art and photography for the first time, in a language designed for photographers. Following the success of his first lecture, he was invited for a second lecture “How to talk to Strangers” (over 180,000+ views) which was highest reviewed lecture in B&H Photo history.

When Marelli is not in the studio, he runs projects and workshops internationally under the “Adam Marelli Workshops” program. With a calendar of sold out workshops, he wanted to make his teachings available online to a larger audience because he knows that everyone can become a better photographer. Now all you have to do is join his lectures to see why he believes that Success is not Accidental.

Adam Marelli (b. 1980) | Artist & Photographer based in New York City (USA) | graduated from New York University (sculpture & photography) | Apprenticeships with a master builder (10 years) and zen monks (7 years) before opening his studio | Member of The Explorer’s Club AR’13 | Exhibits sculpture and photography internationally | Represented by Invisible-Exports | Instructor at Leica Akademie (NYC) | Runs international photography workshops where he teaches the lost lessons of classical design | Works and writings featured in NY Times, GQ, Forbes, Surface Magazine, The Gothamist, Art Photo Feature, Doc! Photo, Leica Blog, Phaidon Press, Origin Magazine.

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