Learning Through The Convergence Of Art And Technology; Technical Perfection Isn't Always Key
Photography is a wide-ranging
field that engenders passion in its practitioners, and like all great
forms of expression creates opinions formed through experience and reflection.
In its early days one of the great debates was: Is Photography Art?
This was the subject of many essays and heated discussions among players
and spectators. Today, issues such as film vs. digital, format choices,
the validity of computer generated images, photography as exploitation
or revealer, and even the merits of ink jet vs. silver prints cause
similar debate. We are opening this department up to readers, manufacturers,
and retailers--in short, everyone who lives and breathes photography
and who has an opinion about anything affecting imaging today.
As an amateur photographer
and an enthusiast, one of my favorite things to do is to study the photographs
of the masters such as Dorothea Lange, Ed Weston, and Alfred Eisenstaedt.
I don't ever try to replicate their styles but I do try to learn
from their techniques. I may not be able to capture my own Pepper #30
but at least I may pick up on the fact that the odd piece of fruit hanging
around my kitchen may have some photographic value, if captured correctly.
Duplication Vs. Interpretation
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