So you love taking photographs? Perhaps you're starting out on your journey of being an inspired photographer? But frankly, you feel you suck. You just don't get it. Or maybe there's something missing in the photos you shoot. They are....okay. But you want better. That is where the Still Journeying photography encounter home study course comes in.
The Still Journeying course was written as a response to the question of what makes a good image. For the last decade I have been working on this question, developing my shooting style in a range of conditions and locations. In this workbook I have captured the concepts, techniques and ideas which I think will take your photos from “Oh No!” to “Oh Wow!”.
You'll find the course split into 12 different sections. Each section has a video where I explain to you the related topic. I have also created a workbook which supports the videos, and aids in your learning. This workbook has sections for you to write notes, solidifying your learnings from the videos and practical exercises you are asked to complete.
So what you'll find in the course are the following chapters:
Here begins your journey to outstanding photography. You have always wanted to take amazing images and I have deep respect for you for investing your time in this course which will guide you to take high-quality, captivating images for a lifetime to come.
So, I just have to find out a little bit more about YOU. Why are you here? Why have you decided to invest in this home study course? Maybe you have received this as a gift or may you have always loved photography and nows the time to take it to the next level.
So, I just have to find out a little bit more about YOU. Why are you here? Why have you decided to invest in this home study course? Maybe you have received this as a gift or may you have always loved photography and nows the time to take it to the next level. (this video is the same as section/lecture 2, they cover the same concept)
If you think of images that you particularly enjoyed what is it about these images that makes them so great?
You have already identified the factors which to you make a great image. Now we are going to look at factors that can take a potentially great shot and leave you saying, ‘Oh No!’
What makes a good image will always be highly subjective. An image that appeals to me may not appeal to you and vice vera . But there are characteristics which tend to make an image more successful and appealing on the whole.
So lets recap what we have covered so far in your still journeying home study course. we have identified the kinds of images that you like to take and your big why , that is to say the greater goal behind your photography which drives its direction. we have looked at what makes an image successful and the factors which can make an image less visually appealing .
By now you should be beginning to reflect upon what makes a great photo both within you own work and that of others. Now we are going to look more closely at what exactly makes a great image.
In photography as in life we are drawn to that which we love and we are passionate about. I love taking photos of landscapes as well as of people living in extreme environments.
Having travelled far and wide I often get asked how I manage to capture the images that I do. How I manage to be at the right place at the right time.
Now its over to you turn to section 11 for your next practical assignment. You have 30 minutes to capture at least one image in 4 different categories.
As we are coming to the end of this part of our photographic journey together, let's reflect back on what we set out to achieve at the beginning of this course.
Ahsan Abbas is an inspirational and internationally- renowned humanitarian & landscape photographer, educator, speaker and traveller. His humanitarian and landscape work has been commissioned, exhibited and auctioned by a wide range of high-level organisations, including the United Nations, international aid organisations, Sotheby's and the House of Lords.
He is passionate about capturing images which absorb the viewer and take them, for a moment, beyond the here and now to another time and place. His travels have taken him to more than 40 countries, including North & South America, across Africa, the Middle East and the whole of Europe. He has documented his many years of experience of leading individual, small group and large group mountain treks throughout 4 continents in a diverse and breathtaking selection of images, each of which tells a unique, beautiful and exceptionally powerful story. He is frequently called upon to share
the stories behind his images, as well as the unique approach he brings to his work, through international speaking platforms and forums. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, shortlisted Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013 and is honoured to have been the only photographer asked to share his work through the Transformational Media Initiative.