Light, Gesture, Color

Light, Gesture and Color

Jay Maisel by John Cornicello

Jay Maisel by John Cornicello

I just spent a great three days with photographer Jay Maisel. Lots of things still going through my head. I thought I'd jot down some of the things I got out of these wonderful days...

Figure and ground

Shape is the enemy of color

You can't step into the same river twice-stop and take the photo

Form over concept

No wallpaper

You're not as bad as you think

You're not as good as you think

Have lots of patience

Nothing's neutral. It either adds to or hurts the image.

Get in closer

No triangles in the corners

You are responsible for every square millimeter of the frame

Watch the edges

Everything has gesture--find good jesture

Forget the rules of composition

Make the image yours

Symbol vs anomoly

Interaction of colors alters the colors

Interruption of pattern

Boring or involving?

Accept Accidents

Don't get boxed in by preconceived ideas

If partially out of focus it competes

Out of focus foregrounds need to be completely out of focus so they become abstract elements

When you think you are done, do some more

Have an affect on the rest of your life

Learn to see better

Open your eyes

Carry a camera with you everwhere

Don't take the picture if it doesn't move you

Look behind you

Good photographers are blessed with the ability to extract passionate joy from things totally overlooked by most people

Shooting when you have nothing to say is worse than talking when you have nothing to say--In the first case you still have to go through the pictures at a later time