“When I worked as a designer “Form Follows Function,” the famous Bauhaus axiom, was our daily mantra; any design object without a purpose is useless. Designers can easily get lost in the superficial and forget that something must lie below a beautiful surface. I have internalized this principle and it rings just as true for me in photography. “Form” in photography is made up of the visual elements: light, color, composition while “function” is the subject matter, the theme. A strong photo combines both in a compelling way.
A photo without application of design elements is a snapshot. The moment may be significant, but its significance cannot be transmitted if the image does not invite observation. On the other hand, if a photo is carefully created with beautiful light, compelling colors and perfect composition but is lacking in significance, it leaves the beholder disappointed, with the feeling that something is missing.
This doesn’t mean images of just a shadow or beautiful light are meaningless — to make things even more complicated, light, shadow or composition can actually become the subject matter of your photo. Photography is about translating what you feel and see into a composed frame. Light, color composition and other visual elements are the tools.
Anybody can apply them, but there is no one else with your unique perception of the world and your personal reasons to document it, no one who selects the same visual elements to enhance their vision. When you become aware of what these are and are able to keep this channel open, connecting with your inner truth and the world around you, the rest will follow easily. Then you will be able to take unique and interesting photos.”
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Sonja Stich, of Sonja Stich fotografías, is a German, living in Spain with her family. Sonja studied Art History & Design and then worked as a graphic designer for several years. Three years ago Sonja started taking photography seriously, buying her first DSLR and joined her first learning community. The Mediterranean environment and wonderful light inspires her to take photos every day. Sonja loves taking photos on the streets of Barcelona and documenting her children’s imagination and their joy of discovery. Above all, Sonja interests lie in capturing raw emotion and the connection between people.
“Drop what you’re doing and purchase this workshop, now. Sonja takes photography from looking through the viewfinder to a complete, full body experience. Never before have I encountered photography described this way or been asked to break down my world like this. Taking her suggestions, lessons, and exercises can only change my work for the better. She walks you through each step of taking a photo and looking at the world around with new eyes – taking in every single piece of the environment and how you interact with it to help you form a complete, well composition photograph that will absolutely encapsulate the energy in that moment. Regardless of whether you shoot for your family, clients, or just yourself and the things that capture your eye daily, this workshop will enlighten you to a whole new method to break down your photos in a better way.”
“Sonja Stich’s class ‘Capture the Energy of Life’ left me speechless! Never before have I experienced a workshop like this. It is so easy to put the weight of the worth of our photography in things that are merely tools that allows us to speak through. Sonja teaches you how to tap into something deeper; a mindfulness and openness that will allow you to be receptive to capturing time with true emotion and a deeper connection that will take your images to new heights. From there she builds on that foundations and gives you the tools to take it farther with using light, weather, composition and so much more. Truly this is the most complete workshop I have seen! Whether you are a beginner or have several years experience, whether you are a hobbyist or a professional – this one of a kind workshop is a must read!”
“Sonja’s workshop is a soul-stirring photography education. I wish she had written this earlier, as I honestly believe that both my photography journey and changing identity as a mother would have been even more enlightened by her words and images. Sonja connects mindfulness with artistic observation to inspire us to delve into all our senses and create images that reflect our ‘why’. Each page of this workshop brings me closer to my own heart, through the variety of her beautiful images, thought-provoking quotes, and her art-educated background that shines through in her teaching. This class is not simply inspiring, it’s also incredibly informative.”
“Authentic, raw, energizing. “What does it look like to feel?” An incredible journey you are about to take on. Are you always looking for something that you have never seen? Those real moments – true ones. It’s like, stealing their soul, but respecting the privacy.” Those are just couple questions Sonia poses. Swoon! I am blown away by Sonia’s workshop. You have a chance to dive in into magical journey with an incredible artist!”
“Sonja’s workshop ‘Capture the Energy of Life’ is so intuitive. That sounds weird when talking about something written on paper, but the way she delivers her content resonates with our senses to help us “see” the world in our own unique way. I find that so incredibly useful as a photographer. She clearly knows her stuff as the words and images she uses in this workshop are beautiful and insightful, providing so much inspiration to get myself outside of my own box and shoot. Im ready to go explore my own mind, be more mindful of the world around me and discover the reasons why I love photography after this workshop! So well done!”