Exercise Title: Analyse Images
Purpose: Really important to go through self analysis of our own images and also analyse other artists works so that we understand what it is about images that drives us. This process helps to cement in the mind the types of images we enjoy so that seeing them when out with the camera becomes easier.
   -  Go back through the last 12 months and identify 3 images you love and 3 you're really not fussed for
   -  For each image critically pull it apart to see what it is that resonates with you or doesn’t
   -  Decide what, if you were in the same situation again, would you now do differently
This exercise helps to cement two things in your mind which is 1) what do you love in an image and 2) what do you really not like. This helps when composing new work to quickly identify what will and won’t give you a composition you are happy with. 
Pick out some images and go through a self critique process and share the results to help me understand your creative thinking a little better.

Feedback: A great and very detailed self analysis of images. Quite clear that you have a tendency towards triangular forms. 

The following points were general observations for future image creation to help focus the mind.

1. What specifically about the scene in front of you caught your eye and, when you look through the viewfinder, is that what you see. If it’s not obvious then consider what changes you can make ie DoF, focal length, position, relationship of subject to background…..make the change and try again.

2. Slow your breathing before pressing the shutter. This helps to clear the mind to see the image in the viewfinder more objectively and helps to calm the muscles which in turn gives a steadier platform on which to take the image. I’ve not seen how you hold yourself and camera when taking an image so something we should look at. It always amazes me how much slower a shutter speed you can get away with when holding the camera and yourself more stably.

3. Now you’ve captured the image……take a few minutes to observe the scene again with an open mind and see if there is an additional image that can be created. Quite often our sub conscious mind sees something to make us stop, but, our conscious mind of pre-conceived images steps in and insists on something completely different. You can’t get to the sub-conscious image until the conscious mind is happy it has been listened to…..just like a petulant child ;-)

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