Last week I went to San Antonio for the AWAI Ultimate Money-Making Photography Workshop. This was my fourth AWAI workshop in a year. I started last year at the same money making photography workshop, held in Nashville. Then I went to Santa Monica in August for the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop and to Delray Beach in October for the Ultimate Stock Photography workshop. I viewed this trip to San Antonio as part refresher course and part a cap on a year of education. Now I really need to apply everything I have learned and go out and make some money!
Parts of the workshop were a bit repetitive, but that was to be expected since I attended the same workshop a year ago and then also had some cross-over at the travel writer’s workshop and stock photography workshop. But it really helped to reinforce some basic principles…especially the rules of composition. I learned these rules at the first workshop, but after I got the rule of thirds I pretty much forgot the rest. The rules of composition, according to fine art photographer Rich Wagner and stock photographer Shelly Perry are:
1. Rule of thirds
2. Diagonal lines
5. Selective focus
6. Whenever possible, capture motion moving INTO the image (not out of it)
I was also reminded to take portrait and landscape versions of everything. I’m definitely guilty of forgetting I can hold my camera the other way, too! And as travel photographer Pat Stevens said…when is the last time you saw a horizontal magazine cover? Read More→