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Super Monday: Great Images Require Great Composition & Lighting

dwon_guvenir_head.jpgAlthough he started a professional business in 2001, Dwon Guvenir, of Oregon Photo Safaris in Portland, OR, has been taking pictures since he was old enough to hold a camera. He even won his first photo competition with a local artists' guild at the age of 16. And he knows his consistent success is partly due to his focus on and skill with composition and lighting--essential for all pro photographers.

"When people ask, 'What type of photographer are you?' I answer that I'm a great photographer," explains Guvenir. "The rules are the same no matter what you shoot. I specialize in putting modern technology into use to create art that follows the traditional rules of composition and lighting."

He'll even share his approach to these artistic elements--and how you can use them to better your own images--in his "Traditional Composition & Lighting" Super Monday class in Portland on October 23.

Why He Teaches It
While Guvenir is an accomplished photographer who has had images accepted into PPA's Loan Collection, teaching other photographers is his biggest passion and accomplishment.

"When you find what you're good at in this world, do it and do it well," he says. "I am a great teacher, as can be seen in my students' work."

Guvenir adds that he feels like a "proud grandparent" when one of his students shows him anguvenir_1.jpg image that he wishes he had taken..."especially if they come up with something that follows the rules I teach, but includes something I never would have thought of!"

Why You Should Learn It
Guvenir has succeeded in tough economic times thanks to a broad client base, but he knows that none of it would have been possible without good images. And "without good composition and lighting, you don't have good images," he explains. "These are the most important fundamentals any photographer can have."

That's why he's hosting a Super Monday class on the subject. He wants to help other photographers learn the traditional and essential rules of composition and lighting, and he'll use past PPA Loan Collection photographs to demonstrate those rules.

"It's not rocket science. These are the basics that have been around for hundreds of years,"Guvenir says.

So, plan to attend his upcoming class on October 23, and learn proven rules for creating better images!

Learn more about Guvenir's class and browse more Super Monday classes in more locations at Read more about Dwon Guvenir here.

Super Monday is an educational program sponsored by PPA every spring and fall. These daylong, interactive workshops are conducted in locations around the country, allowing PPA members to earn merits for sharing their craft and enabling all photographers to learn new skills and develop professional networking contacts.



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