Lesson 4 – Spring Diptych

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Before we get to today's lesson - an announcement:

I had been telling you about our range of Photography courses and specifically about our Photography for Parents Fundamentals course. This is THE course you should consider if you want to start taking c o n s i s t e n t l y great photos of your family and start capturing all those little and big moments in your kids life as well as they deserve to be remembered and to finally learn how to use that camera of yours. 

The one main thing we hear from people after doing this course is 'I wish I had done it earlier, when my kids were younger!' Because it's not like we get do-overs with the kids significant moments?

Here is a link to learn a bit more about that course, but I mostly wanted to tell you that the next round of this course will be starting on 25th April and TODAY AND TOMORROW we have a special discount for you - with the code CLICK100 you can take off a massive £100 off the price of the course!

As of this morning we only have 21 spaces left on this course. This is already the second group we added to our spring term after the first group sold out and once these spaces are gone, they are gone. 

And if you win this course on Sunday? Not only will we refund you the cost you paid, we will throw in a second free course in - if you're lucky, you're properly lucky!


Today is going to be short and sweet, because after 3 lessons where we made you think about why you shoot, how you compose your image to make it stronger, today will be consolidating those two a bit and getting a slightly bigger story that examines your subject from two sides. 

We're doing a Spring Diptych!

I know, I know, WHUT? 

Let me explain: 

This is a diptych. It's bringing together two images that are connected in some way and presented together as a pair. As individual photos - they stand out fine. As a pair, they tell a story.

The connection may be a place, a theme, a colour, the same subject taken at different angles or perspectives, a shift of focus, cause and effect, same subject -different time of the day, etc etc - the possibilities are endless. 

I love a diptych because it forces you to think about your images a little differently, and often makes you switch from micro to macro view, from person to environment, from action to outcome. 

If you're shooting with a diptych in mind, you shoot more diverse images and your photography gets all the better for it. With a diptych you pay attention to storytelling, you pause on the details that you may have otherwise left uncaptured. But equally, you pay attention to the wider scene and how your subject might interact with it. 

Now, I said we will be doing a Spring Diptych, which means you need to find a way of incorporating some visual clues that hint at spring in at least one of the image. Perhaps you want to include blossom on the trees or a carpet of flowers in the big picture? Or maybe a single flower or a spring lamb in another? Think about what you're shooting and how it might complement or contrast with another shot. 

Day 4 Challenge

So that's what I want you to do today. To create a Spring Photo Diptych. But not just ANY Spring Diptych.

Here are 3 concepts I want you to choose from :

  • big picture and detail
  • before and after
  • person and environment

I want to see hints of spring coming through each one of these! 

Think carefully about WHAT you want to capture and why. And I don't want to just see two images at slightly different angles. Make them separate. But make them come together. 

And one more thing : I don't want you to go through the images you have already taken and pair two together. I want you to shoot with intent, I want to capture those image with a purpose of bringing them together. No cheating! M'Kay?