Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Every now and then an insight happens. When these "ah-ha" moments hit, I am always amazed. These insightful moments pop up in the middle of a down cycle. Any working artist knows what the "down cycle" is...that time when no new ideas are showing up--when the Muse is on vacation.

I get back to my "ah-ha" moment this morning. After reading this post at the Bloggers Community Photo Challenge: Photography Basics 101 Ü (which is excellent, by the way), I began thinking about the other Levels of Photography and how some of these other Levels are seldom shared.

Reasons for this may be:

1. These Levels automatically evolve over time and become intuitive.

2. Professional photographers (ones who do exceptional work) keep some of these Levels secret.

3. When some of these Levels and Principles are explained, folks don't get it.

Things To Do Today:

1. Define Level 2 and Level 3 in an understandable manner.

2. Explain the use of light, movement and mood (Level 2).

3. Share various unusual lead-in lines. (Not all lead-in lines are as obvious as the classic "S" curve.)

4. Research and contemplate: Seeing that goes beyond seeing--an occurrence evolving after years of shooting (Level 3).

Note to Self: Reading about these Levels is not enough. One has to experience them.

Solutions: Shoot, shoot, shoot...edit and refine...become a detached editor. Learn the difference between a good photograph and a bad one using the Basic Rules of Photography.

1 comment:

Eaglesbrother said...

I like your brainstorming...keep up the good thoughts.