The Newark Museum of Art was established in 1909, now the state’s largest, housed in a dramatic structure that is a photo op in and of itself, with wonderful arch formed details on the front of the building. Your Digital Photo Academy instructor will advise you on various approaches to capture this structure, ranging from an acute angle/worm’s eye view featuring the edge of the roof as it slices into cloud formations of the sky above or a straight on shot, accessorized by adjacent landscaping, bushes, objects, outdoor stairs, bordering buildings and even individuals set to convey a scale of human presence.
The some spots the interior space is bathed in natural light to allow instruction of capturing window adjacent images that render sweet light streaming in to enhance the beauty of statues, paintings, antiquities, and people as well. You will practice composition techniques such as the Rule of Thirds to add drama to a portrait of a visitor admiring a display, shot to create a balance between the individual, (s) and the sculptures, murals, paintings, photographs and glass displays.
Other composition strategies, such as layering, symmetry and leading lines can transform the chaos of a room, filled with a dizzying abundance of disparate items into a photo laid out in an orderly fashion charming the viewer into a visual game, eye hopping from one piece to the next, in and all around within the frame of the image.
There is also the opportunity to develop photographic approaches, which accommodate challenging, ambient lighting conditions to a found in a variety of colors of walls, design flourishes and graphic patterns of the collection of galleries and hallway floorings. These photo lessons will take place while you are enjoying the impressive collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, as well as works from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world.
You will be taking photographs of the 110-year-old museum’s most significant holdings, a collection of Tibetan art, recognized as one of the most significant in the Western Hemisphere, plus its collection of American art from the colonial era, the 19th century Hudson River School of painting as well as more modern pieces by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and others. There are photographic layouts to best capture any collection mounted on the walls, hanging from the ceiling and on display in the interior space of the room. Your instructor will help you integrate all of the room’s content into a singular image and get a sense of what the curator’s thinking might have been which resulted in how the room is put together.