What We All Do As Photographers
In general, photographers all do the same thing; that is we make photographs. And although each photographer does the same thing at a base level, we each have our specific way of doing our photography.
In a similar way, humans all do the same thing.
In general, as long as our eyes are functioning, we all see. And although each human does the same thing at a base level we each have our specific way of thinking about what we see. And this is the start of what we do as photographers. Specifically, we see and then we think that we wanna make a picture of what we see.
However, photography is a complex process that seemingly happens instantaneously. Furthermore, we tend to think that we “take” pictures. But what we really do is “make” pictures.
In brief, we observe and record light, usually with a camera. To put it another way, we create a photograph with a camera and use various elements of composition. And please note that I didn’t say rules of composition.
Below are some of the aforementioned elements of composition that ALL photographers deal with. We deal with these elements of composition regardless of the camera we use, even if it’s the camera on our phone. In addition, when we bring an awareness to these elements of composition while we’re in the process of making pictures, we’ll immediately begin to improve our photography.
After seeing and thinking the next thing we do is we begin to frame the picture and fill the frame with content. The content is as varied as the photographers. For example, landscapes, food, people, etc.
The other thing we usually become concerned with us the tonality or the brightness of the picture. And, depending on our camera, sometimes we can control this and sometimes we can’t.
Another element of composition is focusing. Usually, we think of this as making “something in focus”.
After the picture is made, the last thing we do is critique the picture. In other words, we judge the picture. Unfortunately, we just say we either like or don’t like the picture. However, a better critique would be based on the previously mentioned elements of composition.
Oh and by the way. No one should critique your photograph except you.
Yup, what we all do as photographers are the same. However, if we’re paying attention to what we’re doing, our photographs are as unique as each of us is. Remember, we don’t “take” pictures, we “make” pictures.
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