I just returned from speaking to 200 photographers in Connecticut regarding how they can create stronger images. The presentation was sponsored by Sony and they allowed me to give away a Sony Nex-C3 camera during the program. Also during the program I announced the start of an online exercise to help photographers learn to create stronger images. The exercise is not just for those who were in attendance but for every photographer around the world who wants to become better at creating great photographs. You too can be a part of this exercise, and all you need to do is have a twitter account and watch the first hour of "The Sound of Music"with the volume turned off. That's right, I want you to rent, buy or find someway to watch this classic movie, but without the sound. You don't have to watch the entire movie unless you want to, but I'd like you to watch the first hour without sound. The purpose of this exercise is to help you focus on the power of composition and lighting.
1) Watch the 1965 classic film, The Sound of Music without sound by Friday, March 16th.
2) Join in the discussion on Twitter by using #Sound of Music and Matthew_JordanS.
I have selected this movie because it shows the power of great composition and use of light to tell a story. Even without the soundtrack this movie is incredibly powerful and shows the power of images. Every photograph tells a story but sometimes we all need help in learning how to tell our story. Even when we are hired by others to shoot their products, portraits, wedding, landscapes, etc, we are all telling a version of our story because your photographs are your vision of how you see the world. I believe this exercise will help all of us in making stronger images. Enjoy the film and I look forward to speaking with you and others on Twitter.
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