Intermediate Photography – Light Centric Vs. Camera Centric
Imagine a chef/cook more concerned with a stove than the food. That chef would be tool centric.
Imagine a potter more concerned with the potter’s wheel than the clay. That potter would be tool centric.
Imagine a carpenter more concerned with the hammer than the wood. That carepnter would be tool centric.
Imagine a writer more concerned with the pen more than the words. That writer would be tool centric.
Each of the above are craftspeople that use a tool to work with a raw material.
Stove, potter’s wheel, hammer, pen are the tools.
Food, clay, wood, words are the raw material.
While the tool important and we need to learn to work with the tool, the tool does nothing more than serve the user of the tool as a means to create something with the raw material.
As photographers, our tool is a camera and our raw material is light.
Once we become proficient with the tool, we can turn our attention to what matters most. Light and our use of light as a means of expression. We become light centric instead of camera centric.