Then the thought occurred to me that perhaps I should write something about what I would have liked to have known when I started photography thirty years ago. Then my mind went blank.
So after a very long pause in typing the sorts of things that were running round in my head were – Know what a good photograph looks like and why, understand the breadth of the photography that has gone before you, don’t be afraid to experiment and have the courage to make mistakes that’s how we learn and ask the what if question – the questions are more important than finding the solution.
So as a practical what do I do to understand myself better here are a few things we could do to address the points raised above.
Know what a good photograph looks like and why – go to exhibitions of the work of the greats in photography.
Understand the breadth of the photography that has gone before you – may be know the work of those who are the big noises in each of the major genres of photography.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and have the courage to make mistakes that’s how we learn – the more you do the more you will learn and create new avenues of enquiry.
Ask the what if question – the questions are more important than finding the solution – you never know you could be on to an interesting photographic journey.
As a photographer it’s easy to teach people to press buttons on computer keyboard in the right order to get a particular look or style of photograph. The things that are more important are creative awareness, intuition and judgement, these are the personality traits that are individual to you and makes us all different.
Being a photographer is a balance between the artistic and technical – these are separate skills and they are needed in balanced way. I know people who are experts at the technical bits and are weak in recognising a picture and vice versa. The ones with biggest potential are the artistic creative types who need to reinforce their technical skills to allow them to present their message in the most effective terms.
Beginners tend to worry about having the right equipment, if I was them from what I know now is I’d worry more about having the right inspiration, motivation and ideas.
And finally a big hello and welcome to all the new Followers of my little Blog.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012