It’s possible to study and practice photography without a camera. And we should take every opportunity to do so.
Photography is defined as…
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.
So we can easily study and practice photography without a camera by observing and describing the characteristics of light and then, since writing or drawing is a communication, we should imagine what it is we’re trying to communicate in our picture.
Studying Light Is a Way To Study and Practice Photography Without a Camera
Now that we understand the importance of light in our photography, we can see that 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, 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.
Observing and describing the light we see is s an excellent way to study and practice photography without a camera.
How To Study and Practice Photography Without a Camera
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 a 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.
And remember to frequently study and practice photography without a camera
Be a Better Photographer!