Michael Doven


I like to showcase different photographers I learn about. Michael Doven is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and his photos are used in some of the lessons that are provided. He is currently a world renowned photographer and his work includes many films in Hollywood. Here are a couple videos showcasing his work.

New York Institute of Photography

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 Three Basic Guidelines for Great Photographs

1. A good photograph has a clear subject

Every photograph is about someone or something. It may even tell a story about the subject. Whoever looks at the photo immediately sees this subject. It is clear and unambiguous. We sometimes call the subject a theme.

2. A good photograph focuses attention on the subject

The viewer’s eye is immediately drawn to the subject.

3. A good photograph simplifies

The photograph includes only those elements that draw the eye to the subject, and it excludes or diminishes those elements that might draw the eye away from the subject.

Aperture/Space

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l am really enjoying my photography class at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. For our next project, we are learning about aperture. A wider aperture causes the background to be more out of focus, and a smaller aperture yields a photo with more areas of the image in focus. A small f number is used for a larger apreture while a large f number is for a smaller one. Below are some side-by-side examples of photos I took experimenting with aperture.

Random photos experimenting with aperture

Panning

By increasing or decreasing your shutter speed on your camera, you can make a subject ‘freeze’ in motion or make it look blurry. For today’s class we had to freeze an object in motion but make the background blurry by following the subject as it is in motion. This is called panning. Two of my classmates from Chandler-Gilbert Community College rode a scooter back in forth as we practiced shooting.

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ART142

I started a new class at Chandler-Gilbert Community College – ART142. This is an introduction to digital photography class. I have taken both of their black & white film classes and really enjoyed them. Last year for Christmas, I bought myself a Canon T3 camera on Black Friday. It’s probably one of the best purchases I have ever made. I’m looking forward to taking better quality pictures and learning some new skills with this class. For our first day of shooting we practiced taking pictures at different focal lengths. Above are some of the pictures I took around the beautiful campus.