Photography Is Like Cooking. We take what we get or make what we want.
Photography Is Like Cooking
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how the way I eat changed and how the way my photography changed.
In many ways, I think photography is like cooking
I’m not a chef, but I’d consider myself a cook.
I use fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients and create meals to keep me healthy.
And this approach to cooking has allowed me to lose a good chunk of weight and reverse health conditions that, left unchecked, would have contributed to a diminished life.
It wasn’t easy, but the motivation to change my behavior to avoid a diminished life was what replaced harmful habits with helpful habits.
In a nutshell, I wanted to get better at eating, so I studied and practiced with intent.
In this way, my photography is like cooking.
Specifically, I study and practice to improve and create with intent.
How Is Photography Like Cooking?
Photography is like cooking because if we want to improve at it, we’ve got to study and practice.
Additionally, if we want to make good food or photographs, we must study and then intentionally put into practice what we study so we get better at what we do.
Without a doubt, this is the only way to improve our work.
And regardless of our criteria for what makes something good or bad, our criteria drive our creative processes.
While fast and convenient foods may fill the void in our belly quickly, an intentionally well-prepared meal, on the other hand, especially one prepared by a thoughtful cook who is engaged in the detailed process of preparing the meal, will take more time. Still, the creation will be superior in terms of taste and nourishment.
The same goes for our photography.
Do We Take a Meal or Make a Meal?
Another way photography is like cooking is by who does the creating.
We can prepare the meal to suit our tastes, or someone else can prepare the meal for us without considering our preferences.
In other words, we create what we want or take what we get.
Working a camera in an automatic exposure mode is like fast food because when someone else cooks the food for us, we take what we get and live with the effects. In this case, the camera creates our picture with minimal input from us. It’s convenient and fast, but we cannot create what we want. doesn’t make us
Working a camera in manual exposure mode is akin to the thoughtful, engaged, and detailed meal preparation process.
And while working our camera in manual exposure mode allows for the most involvement in the creative process, working in aperture and shutter priority will enable us to get involved in the creative process way more than possible by working in a fully automatic exposure mode.
Remember, photography is like cooking.
We can make what we want or take what we get.
Eat well and make good photographs.
Be a Better Photographer!