Since the early 1800s humankind has been trying to transfer visual experiences into physical (and later) digital images. Unlike painting or illustration, photography gave us the ability to capture an instant in time, a fraction of a second that could be preserved for generations. It’s amazing to think of the communicative power embodied in a single photograph.
To help you tap into that power, this series answers the question:
What are the fundamentals of good photography?
It should be noted that I have never claimed to be an artist. I am a technician. I do, however, have a lot of experience shooting and have had the pleasure of hanging out with and learning from some fantastic artists.
Great photographers have something beyond the fundamentals which is impossible to nail down into easy-to-follow steps. They see the world in a way most people can’t, and it’s that ability that allows them to create art.
That said, a technician with a good understanding of the basic principles behind “good photography” should be able to produce some pretty amazing images.
Here’s what I plan to cover, the things that are “fundamental” to photography, plus some extras that I happen to like.
I’ll add links as each post shows up:
- Light and Shadow
- Camera Controls
- Depth of Field
- Color Palette
- Making a Moving Picture
- Choose Your Weapon
Since I’m the first to admit I don’t know everything about photography, I invite you to leave a comment if you feel I’ve left something out. I may add to the posts in response. Think of it as a community project.
Let’s do this!