Creative: The Picture Package #01

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The front end of the equation sure gets a lot of talk. New camera after new camera after new camera, but what seems to get lost is the idea that we are supposed to USE these cameras to actually make the best work we possibly can. And once that work is made, use it to create strong prints, books, essays, and yes…the Picture Package.

This little gem of a puzzle typically represents a three to five-picture “package” of images we can use to practice things like editing and sequencing. These “packages” can be based on content, context, subject matter, color palette, or all the above. If you are attempting to design something like an eighty-page publication, use the picture package as a training ground for larger projects. And if you are new to narrative photography, think about working in picture package form by turning your random, single images into more cohesive bodies of work.

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  1. A timely video for me. I’m in a photo program and will be working on a 6-image series on an as yet undecided theme. So watching your sequencing provided me with some guidance. Thank you for that!

    If you want to get a tighter crop on the fish tail photo, it might be worth your while to try Topaz Gigapixel. Gigapixel does an amazing job at enlarging images. You can download a free copy here: https://www.topazlabs.com/gigapixel-ai

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  2. Yeah, that was really good. Always interested to know how and why you sequence the way you do and also mix colour and monochrome. I’d be interested to know how you make multiple exposures, too. My Lumix S5 can do in-camera multiple exposures but I never seem to get them right.

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      The Fuji is effortless. The XT2 anyway. The XT4 will do up to 9 exposures but it’s a bit slower getting to it. In the menus. I could probably assign it to a button of some sort but that would require learning something.

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