I’m taking a digital photography class and it is not only instructive, it is also provocative. Here are some questions raised by the last class:
- Given the ease with which we can now crop photos in a graphics program (I use Photoshop Elements 3.0), is the old (film) requirement of composing a picture within the camera lens frame still relevant?
- What about the idea that photos should be ‘found’ as opposed to ‘composed’? Along these lines, a famous photographer has stated that ‘70% of photography is moving the furniture’.
- Why would moving stuff around PRIOR to taking a picture create a more legitimate photo than cropping a little AFTER taking a picture?
In deference to the idea that it might still somehow matter that a picture be composed at the moment of clicking, the three pictures in this post have been re-sized for the web, but not cropped or changed in any other way.
We had a snow day here in Newton. A good evening for kielbasa and potatoes! I had the white balance set to fluorescent for this picture. It was nighttime. The colors look pretty true.
This picture excites me because I actually managed to get the perforations in the colander in focus… this I could not do three weeks ago (my instructor actually said during this past week’s critique, “Do you wear your glasses when you take pictures?” A perfectly legitimate, information-seeking question). Now, it’s on to learning the Manual Focus!!
One last note. I am hoping to use picture-taking as an opportunity to pick apart notions of beauty. Must the gorgeous flowers have such ascendancy over the dirty dishes just because of what my mind says about each?