For many years, you’ve been able to drive to Apple Valley and bring your Photography/Software/Art/Cropping topics to Rikk’s office for live support. For some of you, you’ve had me come into your home, business or even the middle of a national park to get much-needed live support. These two options weren’t practical for everyone and the need is so great, I felt I had to do something. Today, I am pleased to announce that I am extending live support offerings to include online support at Rikk’s virtual office.
Welcome to Rikk’s Virtual Live Support Center
Using Adobe Connect, either through a web interface or the free Adobe Connect app (browser extension), Rikk’s office can come to you. A quick download and 60 seconds is all it takes to get your computer securely connected to mine so that we can: see and hear each other, see each other’s screens, exchange information and links and more importantly, record the session for playback at a later date. We can even conduct classroom-style sessions with many users in a single connect session!
I am still working out the pricing and policies for the support options but what is posted on my website will be valid through 3/31/2018. Notably, I have changed my minimums for online support. Rather than a two hour minimum, I will be having a one hour minimum for online support. If we can answer you fast and I don’t’ have to leave my office, it just makes sense to make it a little easier on your wallet! The two hour minimum will remain for in-office and your-location support.
Contact me via my website to set up a local, remote or online session today!
Rikk Flohr © 2017
I stumbled on this video tutorial on Fstoppers the other day and it wandered my mind till today when I said, yeah.
(Thunder in the Snow – Badlands National Park – Focal Length 55 MM)
For, literally, decades, the ODOP (old duffers of photography) have been espousing a “”Zoom with your Feet conceit. In other words, there’s nothing wrong with your composition a little old-fashioned positioning can’t cure. While true to a point, this video spells it out quite nicely.
Give it a watch.
Rikk Flohr © 2017
Before the framing, before the crop there is a point in space and time…
I was onstage at a recent camera club presentation teaching the basics of composition. Somebody in the audience asked the question: “How do you start to compose an image?” Thinking quickly on my feet, I expounded upon with a story about how it was a Space-time Continuum issue. Later, as I mused on the clever answer, I started to conceive of the actual math. I came up with this diagram to illustrate where composition begins.
This is where it all begins.
So, to my student from my last composition class, here is the inception of composition – math-style!
It starts with you or “U” as defined in the chart. You are traveling in time and space (no Twilight Zone jokes please). At some point along the time axis of your life you chose to stand in a place marked at the intersection of the X/Y axis – a spot on the map. You now must decide how tall you will be. Will you be laying on the ground, standing on a ladder, or merely viewing the world from your height? At time T at (x,y,z) you spot a subject S and pick up your camera with a lens of a certain focal length F.
At a point in Space-Time, you aim along a direction with a magnitude. You have just created a vector. Congratulations! The magnitude in this analogy is the focal length of your lens which determines how much of the world you chose to crop from your vision. Ultimately, your goal is to is to create a composition “C”.
The mechanics of composition now yield to the art of composition. You’ve chosen a time, a subject, a place to be as well as a viewing angle. Now, within the forced frame of your sensor’s aspect ratio, you must make your vision as strong as you can in order to tell the story you want most to tell. Now balance, rules, DOF and all of the other compositional tools come into play.
It all starts with a point in time and space and a direction with purpose: the birth of composition.
Rikk Flohr © 2015