When can we no longer call the output of a camera a photograph? This is a question posed by Dr. Neal. A photograph is the output of a camera. This is consistent throughout the history of photography, even in this digital age when algorithms insure that even a chimpanzee can take a well exposed picture.
In writing the “Lighter Side of Photography” I mentioned that the ‘magic’ of photography doesn’t come from gimmicks or software algorithms, it comes from our consciousness and following a zenic path to master photography. Most shooters only think about focusing the lens, but this only sharpens what is recorded. The true photographer’s path is one
It was towards the end of 1989 and I was sitting in my studio office when out of the blue famed actress Patricia Neal called me about that photo….”how did you ever get that shot?”… She was talking about my photograph called “Illumination of Oak Bluffs” she saw displayed at the airport.
Any photographer will tell you that if it were possible to grow an extra set of hands, he would. As simultaneous scientists, artist and pack-horse, photographers must know their equipment inside and out, but they must also be prepared to change shutter speed and aperture at a moment’s notice – even prophetically.
I ended on this note when mentoring on finding a photographic balance, “In part, having such ‘vision’ comes from innate talent, but you develop it through balancing your time expanding your knowledge with time practicing and experimentation. You have to apply the technology in the field. As you do, over time, you will pre-visualize your goals and objectives, and be inspired to find your style and creative vision to capture them.“
From Mentoring Photographer, James Schot
Finding a Photographic Balance:
I’ve written about it in a previous blog article “Celebrating the End of Photography – as we knew it” how by creative destruction photography has changed and business is not what it used to be. That’s not a problem, it’s a realistic reminder that things are always changing, and doing so with ever increasing speed. These changes, however, are occurring exclusively on the technical end: new and better sensors, more intuitive software, greater integration, more portable sophisticated lighting, etc.