Kimberly J. Smith began her professional photography career in 2001 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Through Professional Photographers of America, she has earned her Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, Master Artist, Certified Professional Photographer and Imaging Excellence. She is also a PPA Affiliate Judge. She truly believes in lifelong learning and that every competition and every journey to a new degree has pushed her to become a better, more creative photographer.
She is blessed to have a job she truly loves.
Why You Should Take This Class:
- Learn how to open your mind to inspiration and creativity
- How to look for and plan for the 12 elements of a merit print, which are important if you enter competition or not.
- Learn the process I use from the first thought to the final detail and learn how to bring to light, your artist within.
The Artist Within
Course Number: 30
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
I believe everyone has an artist inside them, waiting to come out. As photographers, we create art that is so meaningful and will touch the lives and hearts of so many for generations to come. Some photographers create their work very traditional, some are very modern, and some are very artistic. I believe the best works I have seen contain a little of all three.
Mindset is the key. Sometimes we are so focused on the technical aspect, that we forget to add in the artistic, the personal, the emotion. Don’t get me wrong…technical is mandatory. We must know our craft and be confident in what we do so that we can be free to add in the rest.
Some of us, myself included, are off the charts right brained. We live in the creative, fun, fly by the seat of your pants mindset. While others are more left brained… you like rules, you read the camera manual, you are beyond organized and have to have a plan. Of course there are those of you who seem to have it all together and are a good mixture of both. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, just different.
In this class we will discuss how to become more artistic, how to see things from a different view. We will learn different ways to get your creativity flowing and where to look for inspiration beyond photography.
Join me in walking through the process I use from the first thought to the final detail and learn how to bring to light, your artist within. We will start with a concept, shoot the session, work on creatively editing an image, adding in elements to enhance the image, including digital painting in both Photoshop and Corel Painter (keep in mind … this is not a painting class and will not be covered in extreme detail. ) We will continue the process by printing, matting, showing how to produce beautifully hand torn edges on fine art paper and physically adding hand detail work that will subtly enhance the beauty of the image.