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The Breakdown Of Vision

Okay, so this example kinda sucks, but you get the idea

No I don’t mean breaking down like your 1981 Ford Fiesta. I mean breakdown as in divided into parts for analytical reasons. I have known amateur photographers that had great equipment and a very competent technical knowledge of their equipment, but still had a hard time capturing images that any random group of seasoned photography enthusiasts would overwhelmingly deem to be more than just a “nice snapshot”. That’s when I realized that old saying some of us guys have heard before, “it’s not the size of your tool, it’s how you use it,” was actually true. Well, at least in terms of photography equipment.

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Learning By My Mistakes

This is perhaps the most useful aspect of blogging about photography for an aspiring amateur like myself: documenting success and failures in technique. When a certain type of shooting opportunity is approaching, it’s great to be able to look back in a technical diary of sorts and see what worked and what didn’t in the past. Of course, if you keep a well organized database of image, you can always just look back and see what the results were, but you don’t always save the bad images from a given event, and you can’t always remember what you did- beyond the EXIF data.

Here is probably the first time I photographed people in a church, or at least first time in this church for sure, with flash. I had no assistant and was not about to bring lightstands or tripods into the church, so it was on camera. I did okay, but for future reference here were some mistakes and observations:

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Lighting in Photography | Light Painting Technique & Tips

This is a pretty cool technique I’ve been meaning to try for years now, and still have not got around to it. The article was on the Nikon website, written by Dave Black, an excellent photographer. Here’s the link:

Lighting in Photography | Light Painting Technique & Tips.

Breaking The Rules

I was leafing through some older issues of Outdoor Photography Canada when I came across the article in the winter 2010 issue called Breaking The Rules, by Darwin Wiggett, which encourages photographers to think outside the box and stretch creative boundaries. I couldn’t agree more with what Darwin is advocating, and also with what, by implication, he is protesting. Except I am liable to tell it a little more gruffly- I can’t take it when someone posts an image for critique on a photography forum of some kind, and he/she gets the textbook responses like rule of thirds, etc. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion of course, but when it’s just regurgitated from a half-decade old text book, it doesn’t carry much validity with me, so I would tend to fight back (if it were me getting rule-of-thirds kind of schlock on a forum).

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The Whimsical Image

Tripods are for pussies!

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