27 Feb Seeing twice

Source: Don Craig

…or more, to make better images

Lacking a formal education in photography, I am currently living vicariously through my sister’s experience of taking a photography course at her local college. I feel that I have a good understanding of the fundamentals of photography. However, I have never enrolled in a college-level photography class. So, I have been enjoying hearing about my sister’s experience as she takes her course.

One of her first assignments was to shoot the same subject in two different ways, using the same focal length. Repeat 30 times. There were other requirements, but the essence of the exercise, it seems to me, was to learn to see and create at least two different photos from the same scene. This led me to think about how I shoot and if I am taking the time to see twice (or more).

How and what do we see?

This class assignment is a great exercise for any photographer, teaching us the lesson that we should never be happy with the first way that we see or make a photo. We should always look at the subject from a different angle or position, consider a different aperture or shutter speed, shoot into or with the light, and just plain move closer. I expect that nearly all of us have internalized these lessons to a certain extent. Perhaps this is a good reminder for us to more consciously think about our seeing and photo creation….

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