What do photographers understand that most people do not?

What do photographers understand that most people do not?

What do photographers understand that most people do not

 

 

The Background For This Blog Post

Recently, during a Learn To Think Like A Photographer class someone asked, and I’m paraphrasing, “What do photographers understand that most people do not”.

What’s There To Understand?

While I know how to do the things that I need to do, there’s a lot that I don’t understand. Even more, I’d prefer to know than to understand. 

Understanding vs. Knowing

For example, I know that the sky is blue. But I  don’t need to understand why the sky is blue to appreciate the color of the sky.

As another example, I know how to make a photograph with a camera but I don’t need to understand the physics of light and the engineering of the camera that I’m using to make the photograph. 

What do photographers understand that most people do not?

I don’t know what other photographers understand and know. But here’s what I understand and know. When it comes to understanding, it ain’t much. When it comes to knowing, I know what I need to know to do the work that I want to do. 

On the other hand, it ain’t so much about understanding and knowledge as it is about seeing and recording what I see with a camera. And it ain’t so much about rerecording what I see that it is recording HOW I see what I see.

More to the point if the question, I don’t think that photographers understand more or less than anyone else. If anything, what we do is process what we see differently. 

 

What do photographers understand that most people do not

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