Learning about photography and developing as a photographer, is an evolutionary process. And, the keyword here is process. It’s not something that just happens overnight. There are many small pieces of knowledge that you pick up over time, that you learn to draw from, and apply, when the moment calls for it. And that’s the challenge. Life is dynamic, the world around us is constantly changing, and people are all different.
Photography would be pretty boring if all there was to it was pointing a camera at someone or something and clicking the shutter release. But the difference between snapshots and meaningful photographs are obvious to most, yet it can be difficult to discern exactly just what it is that makes a better photograph.
Improving at your craft as a photographer involves learning about composition, exposure, depth of field, lighting, and all of the thousands of technical bits that you use on a daily basis to produce your images. But it also involves an element of artistic vision. And that vision is unique to only you.
When you hire a photographer to take your portrait, you are getting the sum of their knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge combining it with their unique artistic way in which they see the world. You are not simply paying someone who knows how to use a camera.
In many ways, it’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle that has an infinite number of pieces. The pieces are the little bits of knowledge. Some of those key pieces are the “aha” moments that you’ve discovered along the way. And when the pieces go together is when we apply all that we have learned. The puzzle is never finished. We’re always searching for the next great shot.
The next time you think about saving yourself some money by getting your friend to take the photograph or the guy next door who owns a digital camera, consider the difference between a snapshot and a photograph. And know that single image hanging on your wall that has meant so much to you over the years, although it was taken in just a flicker of an instant, was really years in the making.
If you live in the Terrace/Kitimat area and are interested in photography, Robin, Pam, and myself will be sharing some of our “aha” moments with you on July 7th at the Photoeclipse workshop at Lakelse Lake. The price includes dinner, a photowalk, and one on one personal instruction to help you become better at using your camera and creating meaningful images. This is a rare opportunity for this area that you don’t want to miss.
Seating is limited to a small group for more individual instruction. You can reserve your spot by registering here: http://photoeclipseworkshop.eventbrite.com
We’re looking forward to seeing you get better photos!