Bridging the Gap: What Classical Art Can Teach You About Creating Timeless Photographs

In a similar vein as the comprehensive composition video we shared with you yesterday, this 2012 lecture by photographer Adam Marelli uses classical art to show how we as photographers face the exact same challenges in lighting and composition today as they did centuries ago.

The eighty-six minute B&H lecture by covers a multitude of examples, highlighting how even the most basic of principles used by some of the most respected classical artists throughout history have been co-opted by photographers to give their images a timeless air.

From a painting by Raphael to the iconic Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry, Marelli’s analysis and comparison is straight to the point, but thorough in its breakdown.

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Beyond breaking down the overlapping components of classical art and photography, Marelli also shares a number of ways you can better train your eyes to see these values.

By doing so, you’re not just given a handful of examples and expected to figure everything out on your own; instead, Marelli gives you the means by which you can almost instantly improve how you ‘see.’

Check it out for yourself above, and if you have any additional advice on top of what Marelli shares, let us know in the comments down below.