Re the discussion the other day about "Mastering Photographic Technique," if I were going to write a book with that title, this would be Chapter One:
Pay more attention to the light. It's all you ever photograph.
That's the whole chapter. Aren't you glad you got me started?
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Kusandha: "I for one am delighted that you have started :-) "
Mike Lipske: "Please, please, stop teasing us."
Steve Jacob: "For chapter 2, how about this one. I recently 'babysat' my best friend's daughter (aged 12) by taking her to a photo-club exhibition while her parents secretly redecorated her bedroom. We were asked to vote for three photos, so I told her to go off and pick her own three independently. Afterwards, we took the printed brochure to Starbucks and compared notes over a large espresso and a caramel latte with whipped cream. Despite a 45-year experience gap, we had both chosen two of the same images.
"As a 12-year-old, I have to concede she is quite media savvy, but I was impressed nonetheless. She had clearly given it a lot of thought. So I asked her why she liked one image and not another, even though they were from the same thematic section and were both technically proficient. 'That one,' she pronounced with great authority 'is more interesting to look at!' Further discussion yielded little additional wisdom on either side, but I could not fault her assessment.
"So the question is, what makes one image 'interesting' and another 'uninteresting'?"
Mike replies: That is a answer I could really sink my teeth into. Whoops, sorry, Mike Lipske!
Mark Hobson: "'Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.' —George Eastman."