Yesterday, I was having lunch with Lens Lugger and friend, Alicea Jones, here in Waynesville. The first event she was at was one of our Field Photography programs. We’d meet on Wednesday mornings, go out shooting then review our work on Tuesday evenings.
She was using a point and shoot camera like so many in those days, myself included.“What do you see here that catches you eye, Alecia, I asked? Before I knew it she was close to the ground focusing on some small flowers. I watched, she focused.
Those were the days, when we found out how close we could get to a subject. Things haven’t changed much. Knowing a little about your camera still trumps just pointing and hoping something happens. Why how close?
We’ll for one thing, if we know how close we can get to a subject, we will stand a pretty good chance of having something in focus. Plus, “if your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re probably not close enough,” to borrow a saying attributed to Hungarian born, Robert Capa.
Capa is known for redefining wartime photojournalism. His work came from the trenches as opposed to the more arms-length perspective that was the precedent. He was famed for saying, “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
- He is credited with coining the term Generation X. He used it as a title for a photo-essay about the young people reaching adulthood immediately after the Second World War. It was published in 1953 in Picture Post (UK) and Holiday (USA). Capa said, “We named this unknown generation, The Generation X, and even in our first enthusiasm we realised that we had something far bigger than our talents and pockets could cope with.” …from Wikipedia
- The opening image of the Trillium by tree was photographed with my first digital camera – a Sony 3.2 MP. After arranging my first class, three students showed up with Digital SLR camera. “Oh Oh,” I said to myself. Looks like I’m going to have to get with the program. A week later my first DSLR was on it’s way through the mail – a Nikon D70s with two kit lenses.So, whatever one is shooting with, there will always be degrees of pretty decent images. Today, the biggest problems appear to be with the glare of LCD’s view finders on most point ‘n shoot’ers as they no longer manufacture optical view finders on those cameras. The SLR (single lens reflex) allows us to view the subject through a series of mirrors, right through the lens so we can see exactly what the subject looks like.So technology moves on as one issue after another brings forth new product. Keep posted for more on that and we’ll even review the new wave of mirror-less camera’s already here. Oh, iPhone!, did somebody say “iPhone.”
Oh, our meet-up at Panaceas… Alecia went on to purchase a DSLR camera after our first field shoot and now I learn she has a Mac and is beginning her journey with Lightroom and beyond.
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