The Basic Element of Photography

Lake Logan
Lake Logan

Basic elements would imply that there is a certain How To thing that can make our photography either better or Great. However, before composition, lighting, exposures, equipment, methods and all the rest , we must “Want To.” For without it nothing else matters.

Wanting to …

In my mind, wanting to put my shoes on and get out the door comes before anything else. A need can prompt us to activity. If we have to generate income, that would be a “need.” We become motivated to go tho work. Everything else fades in importance.

Another need can be prompted by a deep “interest” in something. Developing or creating that interest is what this blog is about. “The sea is calling and I must go,” kind of thing. What causes the interest to exist? In my mind, that is the most basic element.

This morning I received an e-mail from friend and colleague Duke Miller. He suggested an Ansel Adams film might be something of interest for an issue of this Photography Blog. He is right.

If you are reading this piece, you must have at least some kind of mild interest in photography. Take a few minutes more and watch this 1958 film. It says tons more than I could in those few minutes. Then, at the end, there will be a resource for other elements to develop that interest – the most Basic Element.

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