School of Photography: Lesson One

By Lars - 3 min read

Learn about perspective and point of view from photographer John Greengo.

Welcome to the EyeEm School of Photography. During this course, you’ll learn how to become a better photographer in just ten weeks. This is the first lesson in the series of ten.

How does it work?

The EyeEm School of Photography is a collaboration between EyeEm and the online education platform Creative Live. To participate, all you’ll need is your phone or camera, an EyeEm Account, and our app. Don’t have it? Get it on the App Store or on Google Play.

1. After signing up, you’ll receive an e-mail with a link to the newest lesson each week.
2. Watch the short video clip for each lesson
3. Try out what you learned in a specially-tailored EyeEm Mission: On iOS, head to the Missions tab in the EyeEm app to find out more. On Android, go to Notifications in the EyeEm app and select the School of Photography Mission

Photographers that complete all ten missions receive a special prize.

Lesson One:

To kick things off, photographer John Greengo explains how he thinks about perspective – and teaches you how to find an interesting point of view to shoot from.

Watch the full class over on CreativeLive

Mission One:

As a photographer, you are an observer of the world – but that doesn’t mean you have to be completely neutral. Not only do you decide what you are going to point your camera at, you can also determine where you are shooting from.

For this mission, capture three photos from an unexpected angle: Don’t just point at your subject but try capturing it from different angles to see which works best. Get down on the floor. Stand on a ladder or a balcony. You will quickly notice that your images can become much more dramatic just by shifting your point of view.

Submit your photos by tagging them Dramatic Angles. This Mission runs until Sunday, October 9th, 2016.

Here are some examples to get your started:

By Rafael

By Barbara

By Nicolas

By tabu

By Dasha.

By Ruslan Ivanov

Header image by @barbarajovanovic.

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