“Photography is the science, art and practice of making durable images through recording light or any other electromagnetic radiation by means of an image sensor or even means of light sensitive material. Normally, a lens is used to focus on the reflected light“
So, what does this mean?
First of all, and most importantly, it is all about light. The term photography comes from the Greek words photos – light, and graphos – writing. So, “writing with light”. Light is the most crucial element in photography. Without it, there’s no image. So, the way you capture more or less of it dictates the final outcome of your work. This light is recorded through a sensor all cameras have, and then, using the camera’s software, an image is recorded.
This is the technical aspect of it. But, what really is photography? Is it a science? Is it an art? From the definition above, and I agree, it is both.
There are many technical aspects to photography that you must know and practice if you want your work to improve and be what you envision. I believe you need to have a solid technical grasp of your camera and of photography, if you want to do quality work.
Then the Art part comes in. Once those technical aspects become second nature to you, you can visualize the final outcome you want for an image, and use the techniques to achieve it.
So, my advice to you is:
- Spend time learning about your camera
- Study the technical aspects of photography, so you can control what you do
- Use your creativity, applying those techniques, to achieve the results you aspire.
I will be starting a series of posts on photographic technique. If there’s anything you have questions about and would like to see answered, leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to answer them on a future post. In the meantime, keep making art!