I recently noticed the publication of this city guide featuring photographs shot with Lomography cameras and I wondered what a Guide to Howe might look like? I’ve been to Oklahoma City (and I lived in Austin TX for a year a while back) but I’ve never been to rural Oklahoma. Would any of you be interested in helping me out by describing your home town and the surrounding countryside in the form of a Guide Book?
You could start by asking Ms Parks about photo safaris. Then make a list of all the cool places in your town (these don’t have to be important, although a few important places would be useful, and could just be your favourite places to hang out). When you start making your images, think carefully about the following:
- the position of your camera (and you) - up high, down low, at an angle to the subject or head on?
- the distance of your camera from the subject - long distance, middle distance, close-up, macro?
- the balance of colours and tones in your image - colour or black and white, vibrant or subdued, strong contrasts or subtle mid tones?
- the composition of your shot - look carefully at the edges of the image in your viewfinder. Is the subject in the centre or to one side? If possible, turn on the grid function in your viewfinder - have you used the rule of thirds?
Most of all, try to look at your subjects as if you were a tourist, with fresh eyes. If you can do this, your images will be exciting and engaging.
The final task, assuming you are working in a team, is to create a book. You can do this fairly inexpensively either by printing and binding the book yourselves or using a service like Blurb (I recommend the small square softcover book.)
You can keep me informed of your progress by posting some images on this blog. I’d be happy to offer some constructive feedback.
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