The hardest thing about photography is learning to see like a camera. It is a skill that the best photographers consciously (or unconsciously) master. It is the difference between a beginner’s occasional “lucky shot” versus the consistently strong images of a master photographer. Despite what the camera manufacturers claim, the ability to see like a camera is the most important thing in photography and not their cameras.


To see like a camera, students need to: Learn not to over-think their compositions by including content that is intellectually important to them but adds little to the viewer’s experience of the photograph. Learn how to use the monitor on the back of their cameras to evaluate the difference between what they saw in their mind’s eye and what the camera actually recorded. Finally, learning to see like a camera is a skill like any other skill, one that requires a grounding in the proper techniques followed by hours and hours of practice.

In this workshop, we will explore the proper techniques through a series of shooting, editing and critiquing exercises. Throughout the workshop, which includes two guided shoots with the instructor, students will practice, practice, and practice, building the skills they will continue to develop as they move forward in their photography.

Established in 2003, Objectifs is a non-profit visual arts centre dedicated to photography and film in Singapore.

Taught by David H. Wells
1 to 10 Feb 2017 (4 sessions)
Fees: S$350
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