Why can we spot a great photo but find it difficult to capture one?
Why do we over complicate a process that can be summed up with a push of button? The key to taking a good photo isn't the subject matter, it's not in the type of equipment you use or the location setup for the shot. The key to taking a good photo is the discovering your personal point of view and identifying the 'thing' that hides in plain sight; this is the 'artist eye'. A Room for Improvement will teach you how to see like an artist and further your exploration into the art form of photography.
To shoot a world-class photo, your eyes must be familiar with the elements that make a photo world-class. Great musicians can hear the rhythm in everyday life. Great writers know that everyone has a story to tell. Great photos are happening all around you, and you're missing them because you haven't trained your eye.
I've spent the last 20 years working in photography, painting, sculpting and architecture - having a multidisciplinary approach allows for better photo taking. The more curious you are, the more things you learn and experience, the better the eye becomes. You have experiences that will aid you in your artistic journey with this program.
Using my work as reference we will discuss vision, approach, tools and techniques of photography. I will teach you how to take great pictures with any camera, from your cell phone to your Leica. Armed with a camera, a pen, a pad, and your desire to improve – I will transform your photography by changing the way you see the world around you.
By the end of this program, 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.
While most photography courses teach post production, "The Art of Seeing" will train you what to look for BEFORE you take a picture. The program will allow you to anticipate shots, know when you are in the presence of a photograph, and see why getting the image right in the camera makes all the difference in the world.
In Part I, we will look at how artists are trained for success and why they have created some of the most powerful images in history. As a photographer, you will see how you can apply these lessons to you own photography in easy to follow steps.
In Part II, learn from lessons of design from master artists like Leonardo DaVinci who built a step by step process to creating paintings through systematic study of his subject matter. We cover 3 techniques for seeing the successes or flaws in any image that painters developed so they could look at their own work with a critical eye.
In Part III, learn a critical technique for spotting perfect lighting for any subject in any condition.
In Part IV, you will be introduced to the fundamental concept of "Figure to Ground." It will explain, with absolute clarity why successful images work and why other images fail. This will completely transform how you look at your images and give you a language to articulate why you love your favorite images and why other images do not work. There is a description of the assignment to practice how to use "Figure to Ground" every time you press the shutter.
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.