What do photographers understand that most people do not?
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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