My camera doesn’t understand me

_MG_9450-EditYour camera does not know or understand you, what you want to say photographically, how you see, what you feel and think – it has NO visual and emotional intelligence. Sorry to say that it does not even love you. All it does is record the brightness of the light reflected on to the sensor.

So perhaps some thought might be given to controlling the light recording box to enable an end result that is visually interesting and communicates with the viewer at an emotional level. Photographic vision puts personality and emotion in to a picture frame.

What is the MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU need to change in your photography for YOU to make progress?

If the first thing you think of is – more or different pixels – then you should seriously consider why you take pictures. Henri Cartier-Bresson said in 1952 “for me technology has changed but photography remains the same”. It’s not what you’ve got but how you use it – your best camera is the one you have with you when a picture presents its self to you – if you have the perception to see it.

So to move from being a camera operator to a photographer a change of mindset is required.

Here are a few hints how photographers may progress, they think about and work on:

– deciding where their photography is now, its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

– deciding how they want their pictures to change in the future

– what motivates them

– whose work inspires them and why

– finding one person’s opinion they trust and respect.

You and your photography are not tied to the past. Take this picture above called “The road to ….”. It was taken on a bright and sunny afternoon in Iceland. The file in the camera is only the starting point – not the end result.

See the unprocessed shot below._MG_9450

There are no right and wrong answers on this personal journey of self-discovery. What I offer is just faded fragments of a torn and dirty map from a fellow traveler.

I hope these few tips have been useful to your photographic practice.

A big hello to all the new followers of blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


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