Good Glass: The science of photography and visual perception | Webinar
There is a saying in photography that a photograph is only as good as the glass on the front of the camera – with many professional photographers investing thousands of dollars in high quality lenses.
But of course, that is only a part of what the process is for making images. To really understand photography, we also must understand how our brain sees the world and how photography uses many of those same tricks.
Join Dr Stuart Marlin from the University of Newcastle for this webinar where the science of the mind and photography come together. Explore how our brain captures scenes in real time, enhances details, adjusts colour and contrast, and even joins together a set of images to build a wide representation of the space around you. Each of these steps will be illustrated with examples from photography.
Dr Stuart Marlin is an award-winning landscape, portrait, architecture, long exposure and travel photographer who is becoming known for his giant sky astrophotography.
With over thirty years studying visual perception and neuroscience, his approach to photography often has an experimental scientific methodology.
He sets a goal for his artistic vision and then through repeated experiments he works out the best methods for achieving those outcomes.
Generously, Stuart is not afraid to share the results and his methods. You can always see a strong influence of his perception background in his work, with the play of light, colour and contrast.
Many of his fine-art architectural images utilise unique, nonaccidental viewpoints.
Stuart carefully positions and angles his camera to achieve a photograph of the landscape that might be viewed by someone who happened to stop at that exact position and look up at just the right angle.
You will also notice a symmetry in many of his images where elements are balanced to achieve a sense of harmony with objects and the landscape.
Stuart’s portrait work shows a love of the control of light that is achieved in studio photography, but he also brings experimental methods to his portraiture.