Painting above by Juliette Aristides
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Click here to listen to DSA Radio episode 2. In this episode, I demonstrate how to import a Dynamic Symmetry grid into Lightroom and discuss what elements to look for when evaluating your photographs.
Master artists of the past used a tool called a caliper for creating divisions in their compositions. A caliper is an instrument used for measuring external and internal dimensions, having two hinged legs that resemble a compass. A caliper can be opened to exact measurements regardless of how narrow or wide it's physically expanded. This convenience allows the artist to move rapidly across a canvas and plot particular golden section divisions.
How many times have you heard a photographer bitch about Ken Rockwell? Quite a lot I'm sure. In fact, all you have to do is go online and see all the YouTube videos from those that hate this man. You know, the RAW vs. JPEG idiots that has been ragging on him for years. But here's the thing; whether you love or hate him, there is a reason his site has almost a million hits a month. Ken Rockwell has real-world experience.
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The photograph above was taken in Lake George, NY with a Leica MP240
If you get sick or suffer a serious injury, you not only want medical care, you want quality medical care. What’s the best way to get it? Through a government-run program like Medicare for All or through our current free market system? Stanford policy expert Lanhee Chen has the answer in this video from Prager University. Get informed. After all, this is your health we’re talking about. To watch more PragerU videos, click here.
For months, it seemed nearly every media figure was in hysterics over the impending repeal of net neutrality. Then, net neutrality was repealed… and nothing much changed. So what exactly is net neutrality, and why do so many people have such strong opinions about something they don’t understand? Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief of Ricochet.com cuts through the hysteria to bring you the facts.
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Photograph above taken in Lake George, NY with a Leica M6
1. Contrary to popular belief, Jay Hambidge did not create the Dynamic Symmetry system of design - Dynamic Symmetry is over 2000 years old. Hambidges' contributions are one of rediscovery, not invention.
2. The best book available for learning Dynamic Symmetry is The Art of Composition: A Simple Application of Dynamic Symmetry by Michel Jacobs. This book is easy to understand and is an excellent resource for all artists and photographers.
3. There are three primary websites that teach classical skill-based design - Adam Marelli Workshops, Canon of Design, and my site Dynamic Symmetry Art. All three of us teach the same design techniques that we learned from Myron Barnstone. To download a free PDF of all these techniques, click here.
4. Photographers and artists don't need to spend any money to learn composition. The best books available to learn Dynamic Symmetry and balance in art, The Art of Composition: A Simple Application of Dynamic Symmetry by Michel Jacobs and Pictorial Composition and The Critical Judgment of Pictures by Henry Rankin Poore, are available as free downloads. Additionally, you can download a free Tips and Techniques PDF here that contain all the same classical skill-based art techniques found on the photography websites mentioned above.
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Photograph above taken with a Leica R8 and Ilford XP-2 film (2003).
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