David Bell, Guest Lecturer at the HI Photo Guild
Noted photo-journalist, college instructor, and magazine publisher David Bell was the guest speaker at the March 26th meeting of the Holiday Island Photography Guild. Bell entertained and informed Guild members with a slide show of photographs that served as road maps to better pictures. His advice was both inspirational and hands-on.
"The most important goal for the photographer is to make viewers feel like they were present when the picture was taken," Bell said, showing photographs taken from various angles and perspectives. "Viewers should feel like they're in the picture.
"For example, photographers need to get away from what I call bull's eye vision," Bell continued. "That's the tendency to put the photo's subject dead center in every picture. Get vertical! Move out of the center and show motion and action by moving the subject toward the photo's edge...that's the way to bring your audience into the picture.
"Another technique is to use what is called the Holgarth Curve. That's capturing the basic "S" shape we see in photographs of trains, mountain roads and streams. The more "S" curves in your photographs, the more powerful they will be."
Bell ended with advice to seek out "decisive moments" in the photographs we take. "Every photographer wants to capture the decisive moment, he said. "That's the shot which tells a story--like the V-J Day kiss in Times Square by Eisenstaedt--that everyone, everywhere, always remembers. That is your goal."
Along with teaching photography at North Arkansas College and appearing at photo clubs like the HI Photo Guild, Bell also puts on regularly scheduled Photo Bootcamps for photographers of all skill levels. The next Photography Boot Camp is Saturday, March 30th at the Painter's Palette on the Town Square in Berryville.
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