Collections and Series: The Photographer’s Secret Weapon

At the Light Matters:  Creative Expression Masterclass just past (Nov. 2-6), I taught a lesson on the power of collections and series of images.  If you think about it, photographers are always working with collections of images by organizing their photographs in online galleries, selecting images to illustrate a magazine article or even choosing which images to include in a gallery show.  Understanding how to build a cohesive and powerful collection is a very useful skill when it comes to ensuring your expressive goal is transmitted to viewers.  We also discussed during the workshop the difference between a collection and a series and when you may wish to choose one format over the other.  During the workshop, I photographed a variety of images loosely grouped under the idea of ‘shorelines’ and then, in class, we all edited down the jpegs into a small collection.  These are the four images that we felt best illustrated the expressive goal of describing the icy shorelines of the season.  It was certainly a useful exercise for me to have others help edit down my images into a tight, unified grouping!  I hope that the students also found the demonstration useful.  These photos are all from the Kootenay Plains area in the Bighorn Wildland, Alberta.

Image of ice and grassy shoreline, Bighorn Wildland

Icy shoreline at Abraham Lake, Bighorn Wildland, Alberta, Canada

Icy shoreline at Abraham Lake, Bighorn Wildland, Alberta, Canada

Icy shoreline at Abraham Lake, Bighorn Wildland, Alberta, Canada

Tune in on Friday for a film image from the same area for Fabulous Film Fridays!

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~ by Samantha on November 15, 2011.

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