So far we’ve covered shutter speed, depth of field, aperture and the Exposure Triangle. These are the main building blocks of taking the pictures you want with the effects you have in mind. Once you learn these basics and understand your camera well enough to actually take some photographs and be pleased with the results, spend some time and thought finding your photographic style.
Photography, like most forms of art and science has rules. The rules are meant to be your guideposts to creating an aesthetically pleasing image. The rules of composition have been around since long before photography was invented; their origin goes way back to the old masters who first put brush to canvas. We have become “genetically engineered” to expect these rules in our art. However, art being what it always has been, sometimes it’s exciting and daring to break the rules.
September 11, 2001
I was planning my next post about aperture. It’s a two part post that tells all about this important part of photography. But that will have to wait until next time. It does not seem fitting to carry on as if the world did not change on this day, the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001.
“Life goes on, long after the thrill of livin’ is gone.”
-John Cougar Mellencamp
This is from a little ditty about Jack and Diane sung by John Cougar Melloncamp way back in 1982. Yes, it shows my age. I was on the downhill side of my twenties, right about the time the thrill of living was gone for the very first time.