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Drinking Game... and Episode 63 of Understanding Photography with Kim Ayres

Russ submitted a photo of his son to the Silhouette Challenge set for last night's live video podcast.

Shortly afterwards he re-submitted the same image, but had slightly adjusted the composition to allow more space in front of it. Alongside it he wrote, "As I sat looking at my original offering I could almost hear Kim's disembodied voice in my head saying "give it room to breathe" So here it is, not a second image but rather a revised version of the first one."

While not exactly a catch phrase (I certainly didn't invent the expression), it is something I probably end up saying at least a couple of times during most podcasts.

It reminded me of a conversation I was having with my wife and son a few months into the podcasts, when Rogan mentioned there were particular things I said every week.

It's perhaps not surprising, given that quite a few photos can be quite dramatically improved by making some fairly basic adjustments - either in the composition, the lighting, or by understanding the key story we are wishing to express.

It was then jokingly reckoned you could probably create a drinking game out of it.

Certainly there's no doubt that if you were to take a swig, or knock back a shot, every time you hear me mention:

straightening the horizon
making sure the subject is in focus
where's the story
Facebook changing its layout again
and of course, giving it room to breathe

then by the end of the podcast you are likely to be well and truly plastered.

Not that I would ever recommend irresponsible alcohol consumption – so non-alcoholic beverages, or even consuming small tasty snacks could be alternatives...

Meanwhile, enjoy episode 63 below – but only if you don't have to drive home afterwards...


0:00 - Welcome, what's coming up, greetings and comments
05:20 - Reviewing images on the theme "Silhouette" submitted to the Facebook Group, "Understanding Photography with Kim Ayres"
32:48 - How your choices affect the development of your "voice" in photography
1:39:05 - Coming up next week
1:40:40 - End

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neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Reptition is key when teaching.

I've learnt that, if you want students to remember a new word, they must repeat the new word at least 7 times. That served me well when I was tutoring English as a second language.

Kim Ayres said...

Neena - thanks for the reminder! I sometimes beat myself up by feeling I'm repeating myself too often, but perhaps the more repetition the better in some cases :)

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