I am a left brained accountant who is logical and analytical. I prefer structure and organization over randomness and unpredictability. So why then, am I taking a creative photography class?
In my observation there are two types of photographers, the technical photographer and the artistic photographer. The technical photographer will follow the rules they are taught and eventually learn how to make decent pictures. The artistic photographer does not even think about the rules and creates incredible images.
As much as I long to be a creative photographer, I totally understand and have accepted my role. I will learn the rules and attempt to make a decent picture. I am ok with that…….Albert Einstein once said that the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. I have no problem aligning myself with Albert, another probable left brained human.
In our first class last week we were given two assignments:
- Shots using depth of field – this is a technical task I can handle. I understand the use of aperture to gain a shallow or long depth of field.
- Impressionistic shots – Say what? One definition I have found of impressionism is “an art of immediacy and movement, of candid poses and compositions, of the play of light expressed in a bright and varied use of color.” Huh?!? Fortunately our instructor gave us some techniques to try or I would be at a total loss.
Here are a couple of my images with regard to a long depth of field.
Now two more illustrating a short depth of field.
Try not to laugh, here are the impressionistic shots. My feeble attempt at “art.”
Right or wrong, left brained or right brained, I am loving this class.