Dr George Klein
I fell in love with photography when I was 8 years old. I can remember desperately wanting my own camera as a young boy. My parents eventually bought me a manual film camera - one barely resembling the fully automatic cameras of today.
The exposure and shutter speed had to be set and I learnt to do this by trial and error. We even had to adjust the distance by eye. These were analogue days with films needing to be sent to the local pharmacy for processing and printing. It was expensive and slow but I loved it. I loved being able to point the camera at a subject and capture an exact duplicate without having to draw or paint.
I loved being able to capture detail and time.
And I loved the process of creating an image.
It was all like a dream come true.
I practiced enthusiastically and captured many different subjects. I eventually bought two beautiful film cameras, a new Leica and a used old Rolleiflex. They were wonderful and I took one of them with me wherever I went. I did courses in photography and black and white photography and learnt the magic of developing film and making prints. It was incredible seeing the image emerging before my very eyes.
I set up my own darkroom. Every time I took an image I couldn’t wait to get home to develop and print them. After a while, I realised that my images were starting to look alike and I was struggling to think of interesting new ways to photograph. I kept repeating the same kinds of images. I tried harder and harder. I read books and went to photography meetings but nothing
Shed Marysville, Vic, Aust, 1989
I bought more camera gear hoping that would fix the problem but that only increased the complexity of my technique and made things worse. I began to question my creative ability. I had invested so much time, energy and money and yet I was a long way from being the creative photographer that I wanted to be.
A moment of realisation.
Then one day while holidaying in Marysville, Victoria with my family I saw a fabulous old shed. This was the start of my love affair with sheds. I love their simple, functional designs and how graciously they grow old. This shed was small and looked like it had been lived in. It had been converted to a wood shed and had planks sticking out of the windows.
It looked wonderful and full of character.
So I set up my tripod and selected the Leica to use for this shoot. Then I looked through the viewfinder of the Leica at the shed and I suddenly realised...
I really didn’t know what I was doing.
I realised that I really didn’t know how I was going to to justice to this lovely shed.
I didn’t know where to stand to get the best effect; what to include; what to exclude?
Do I photograph the whole shed or part of the shed.? I had no idea! I realised the fabulous cameras I had could only take me so far and I needed to go further. A science to taking good images. I thought there must be a science to taking really good images.
There must be an A to Z to making fine images. There must be a design course. But I had never heard of a design course in photography and none of my colleagues had spoken of anything like this.
I was keen to get back to the Melbourne School of Art where I had done one of my Black and White (B&W) photography courses and find out if they had a design course.
Design Course with Robert W Gill
To my surprise they did have a design course run by Robert W Gill.
I had never heard of this man so I asked the B&W teacher at the school John Stevens about Robert W Gill.
John and I had developed a good relationship during the B&W course (and we would subsequently set up The Brisbane College of Photography together). John, who didn’t mince his words said ‘he’s a good man.’ So I enrolled in the design course and hoped for the best. I sat in Robert’s first class not knowing what to expect. The topic was ‘The Theory of Colour’.
I found this interesting and I believed it was something I needed to know in the future, but this topic would not help me with a better image of my beautiful shed. I sat through the 2nd class and then the 3rd. At the end of the 3rd class Robert said ‘And now we are going to discuss The Principles of Design’. I intuitively felt that I was in the right place.
And I was right!
I learnt the things I wanted to know from Robert.
I learnt the a -z to making fine images.
I learnt that creativity could be learned and refined.
It was wonderful to, at last, use my fabulous cameras to their true potential.
Authority on pictorial design.
Shortly after I met Robert, I discovered he was an authority on pictorial design.
He was also regarded by his peers as the best drawer at the time. Robert and I became good friends and he was my teacher and mentor for 25 years. I was so moved by Robert’s teachings that I requested he conduct courses for photographers on design. His answer was ‘I’m not a photographer, I cannot teach photographers.’
I realised that this was a role that I must one day assume and I started preparing myself for this eventuality.
Robert’s teachings live on.
Robert passed away in 2017, but I was determined that his teachings would live on. I made the decision to take Robert’s teachings to photographers, hoping I could help them as much as Robert had helped me.
This is how Love Photo Design was born.
Love Photo Design
Design for Photographers
In this course, you’ll learn to take images that you’ll be proud of. Images that impact,
inspire and delight.
The Love Photo Design course gives you:
• crucial design tools
• a simple step-by-step process
• the courage to take great images
These are skills that will change your photography forever..
And I can’t wait to share them with you.
Dr George Klein’s Accomplishments
George is an accomplished photographer, educator, course leader and dentist.
He was co-founder, director and operations manager of the Brisbane College of
Photography 1991 - 1993.
George met Robert W Gill, a world authority on pictorial design in 1990. George quickly realised that the benefits of Robert’s teachings could inspire, enable and empower photographers to create high quality images.
Robert became George's teacher and mentor for 25 years and they remained good friends until Robert passed away in 2017.
Robert helped groom George to teach design to photographers.
After Robert passed away, George established an online teaching program to help photographers incorporate design into their image making.
A photography course like no other
Love Photo Design is the culmination of 30 years of study, practice and above all, a love for photography. Every detail of this course is designed to help photographers become their very best.
To help them see possibilities they didn’t dream existed.
We look forward to sharing this course with you.