Photography without science, is artless.


Photography is widely accepted as an art form, but now that cameras have evolved into highly automated image capture machines, the juxtaposition of the science and art is blurred like never before.

Allow me to explain.  The great photographic artists understood the science of photography, and devoted endless hours toward learning everything possible about the makeup of film emulsion, how it reacted to lighting and exposure, and how the chemistry in their darkroom could be altered to improve results both in processing the film, and making prints.

In contrast, cameras today are easy to use, and require virtually no knowledge or understanding of light or exposure.  Photography is a great hobby, and we all enjoy snapping pictures of our daily lives, travels and activities.  I ate at a restaurant recently that “featured” work of a local photographer on the walls.  There were a few decent images, but the overall quality of the images was embarrassing to the profession.  In addition to compositional errors (crooked horizons, awkwardly cropped images…) the lack of technical excellence resulted in poorly exposed images with no tone control and over saturated files.

The fact that there are so many photographers that don’t know what they’re doing is only eclipsed by the fact that most don’t know, that they don’t know what they’re doing.

Yes boys and girls, light, tone, exposure and controlling noise, are all key factors to successful image making.  I apply my years of experience, training and artistic abilities every time I pick up a camera.  As I’ve stated before, the best camera IS the one you have with you, but it takes more than a “good” camera to consistently capture great images.  Photography can be highly pre-visualized, planned and executed.  It can also be spontaneous, and many photographers admit their favorite images are often from those moments that just happened.

Anyone can get lucky and capture a priceless moment.  I meet many photographers who express frustration that their camera didn’t work right.  This image is a perfect example of such a situation.  The same night that my good friend and fellow photographer Dennis Zerwas Jr. and I went out to photograph this Aurora (Northern Lights) last winter, a photographer I just met just couldn’t believe how nice the images I created were, as hers just “didn’t turn out”.

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A full moon, single digit temps and fresh snow don’t make it easy, and there’s no “automatic setting” to get perfect pictures.

I use all the same skill set when photographing portraits of high school seniors, families & weddings.  Call me anytime to chat about your photography expeditions or to schedule a very professionally created series of portraits.

I just can’t wait until they make a paint brush that I can put on “p”.  Then I’ll be a professional painter too…

Barry 651-426-0232  www.pictureplace.com