What is a Photograph?
A photograph is life captured and documented for eternity.
An expressive face, a fleeting moment in nature, an abstract shape - these are the fundamentals of photography.
A photograph conveys, in a way no words can, a sense of the mystery and beauty of life, nature, and the achievements of mankind.
"No matter how slow the film, the Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen."
~Minor White, Photographer
The aloofness of a majestic rocky cliff; the warmth of a fire in the hearth; the affection of a mother for her child; a child’s first birthday party - photos capture emotions and atmosphere where words cannot.
"The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it is polished steel or palpitating flesh."
~Edward Weston, Photographer
A photograph isolates the truth, exposing to us the realities of our time: love, hate, peace, war, terrorism, abuse, prosperity, or poverty. Since its humble beginning in 1827, photography has given mankind a new perspective on life and art. We seldom realize the extent to which photography has influenced our culture, helping spread awareness of other cultures and bring about modern globalization.
When you take a photograph, keep in mind that design and technique are extremely important elements to consider. You need to consider the lighting, depth of field, motion, positioning, and elements of design. The most important thing to remember is to decide what the viewer should focus on.
“Simply look with perceptive eyes at the world about you, and trust to your own reactions and convictions. Ask yourself:
‘Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream?’
‘Can I visualize a print - my own personal statement of what I feel and want to convey - from the subject before me?’”
Ansel Adams, Visionary Photographer & Conservationist.
Born in San Francisco, 1902 - 1984.
One of the differences between a good and bad photograph is how the subject is displayed. It is important to make sure nothing in the photograph distracts the viewer from the main subject.
Photographs tell a story of a brief moment in time. Your photographs must not only tell a story but must draw the viewer in, engage their imagination, stir their emotions, and make them want to see more!