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by Bookwyrme , March 13, 2008—11:40 PM

Topics: Sunset, classes, printers, technology, wonder

I wrote in an earlier blog that I had decided to take a photography class.

So far, it's been very rewarding.

I'm learning more about seeing, about looking again at seemingly ordinary objects, about thinking of angles, and, most important for me, about camera control.

Probably the most interesting discussion we've had so far has been about the nature and color of light. Yes, I knew, sort of, that indoor light tended to be yellowish, but I hadn't really stopped to consider the varying tones and shades of outdoor light. I could see it, but now I notice it more and, I hope, will learn to see even more clearly. The better I can see, the better I can show.

Of course, I'm also learning about printers and programs, so in addition to a bad case of camera-envy--I'm pretty well resigned to that, by now--I have a good case of printer-lust. The lab just got some really nice new printers, and oh, I love them!

Are these things necessary to my well-being, or to the well-being of my photography? Of course not. But they are nice.

Well, usually they are. Both printers managed to be unavailable Wednesday (Broken? Out of ink? I never did find out), just when everyone was needing them for midterms.

Didn't cure me, though!


 

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  Mary Lawler ( homepage )

05/02/2008 * 19:47:42

I agree with Michael "I'm learning more about seeing, about looking again at seemingly ordinary objects, about thinking of angles, and, most important for me, about camera control." even when we think we know what we're doing pretty much, that "ah ha" moment comes. You get it. It's amazing how hard it is to see.
The bells and whistles don't hurt either. My sister is a photographer and she will go to great lengths,to get a new piece of equipment, and then another one, and ohh, something new and snazzy just came out.I call that passion. These new photos are great, I love the Silver Sea, you really captured that one.

 
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  Michael Mize ( homepage )

03/14/2008 * 08:12:45

I enjoy how you described the importance of seeing better, "The better I see, the better I show" This is a fact of which I'm constantly trying to convince my drawing students. That learning to draw really has much more to do with your eyes than with your hand. They just look at me like I'm crazy, but I'm pretty well used to that by now. Glad to hear you're enjoying your class thus far.

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