SEEING THE IMAGE, AS AN ARTIST:

Photo by Amos Bar-Zeev on Unsplash

SEEING THE IMAGE, AS A PHOTOGRAPHER:

Do you want to become a great photographer, or at least learn how to take more than snapshots? To actively create artistic photos is a challenge, and hopefully, in this session I will go over some of the details of how to do that.

We live in a digital age. We have amazing equipment to choose from now, accessories, hardware and the ability to learn how to do certain things just by searching on the web. This makes it look so nice when you compare it to the old “film photography” life that was once the norm.

OR DOES IT?

Whatever our equipment—film or digital, professional quality or entry level. Whatever our experience. The key to photography is our vision of the world and how we decide to interpret it and to capture it with whatever equipment we have—film camera, cell phone, SLR, mirrorless, compact, whatever.

You know that now as digital photographers, we tend to get all excited about the technical things, the gadgets, the specifications, and all that mumbo jumbo. However, without the vision to ‘see’ the image it can all be in vain, and we can land up with a multitude of pretty, boring images. And there are very few people who enjoy the photos that are boring.

The digital age has brought the ability to mindlessly produce images of an acceptable quality. Photography has become a global flood of freeze-frames; millions of images are uploaded every minute.

A pile of boring photos.

We need to make sure that we enjoy the effort of adding our own vision and creativity.
Good pictures demand care—even with digital. And really good pictures are hard to make. The camera doesn’t do it all for you! You need your own personal vision. And your personal care requires some new effort as you go out in to the world to take pictures.

“A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Dorthea Lange

“Photography is an art of observation. It has very little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Elliot Erwitt

In order to “learn to see”, you need to see things like a child. A child has such curiosity about everything. They have a true sense of wonder. Everything is so exciting to them.

Photo by Ben McLeod on Unsplash

“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.”

Rachel Carson

Take a standard photographic debate: Do we want to have pictures of ruins without people?

OR: With people:

But the real question is: Of all those hundreds of people with cameras taking pictures, how many of them saw the poppies?

Developing a child-like vision can give a wonderful new perspective on life. And not only when we are taking photographs—it will help us to see more of life and the world around us.

brown squirrel on gray tree trunk
Photo by Maddie Franz on Pexels.com

I have a complete photo course on “How to See Photos as Potential Art”. Just go to https://123photogo.com/complete-photo-courses/ and check it out. I have a special price going on this course right now.

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