How to study photography without a camera
For the purpose of this post, let’s go with the Greek origin of the word photography.
Because the etymology of the word photography literally means “writing or drawing with light”, we can begin to comprehend the importance of light in our studies and practice.
Now that we understand the importance of light in our photography, we can see that our opportunities to study light are constantly available to us.
As an example, what are you seeing right now?
Because whatever it is it’s light.
While can describe the light that we see as an object, such as a person, or building or tree or whatever, we should go beyond the description of light as an object.
In addition to describing the object as a specific thing, describe the characteristics of the object.
Always, when we observe and study light we’re studying photography.
More specifically we are studying the raw material that we work with.
Because as craftspeople, photographers use a camera as a tool to record light.
And the light is the raw material that we work with.
Furthermore, this raw material has characteristics.
So, for the purposes of studying photography begin to observe and study the characteristics of light.
While observing what you see, begin to study the light by describing what you see.
Is it a sunny day or cloudy day?
If inside a room where are the lights coming from?
In addition are there shadows? Where are they?
Also what colors do you see? Are the objects stationary or are they moving?
I think you get the idea.
Enjoy your studies and practice.
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