My fix is getting exhausted.
Anybody can be a great photographer if they have a sound understanding of what makes an artist.
The four most important foundations of all art are...
- The Idea
- The Execution of the Idea
- How you curate your work
- How you present your work
The competence of your art should never be questioned if you have a sound understanding of these four concepts.
Here is a graph showing the foundations of art in the context of photography. Most important concepts are at the bottom, less important considerations are at the top.
What is a camera?
It is a dark chamber with a hole in the front, with material at the back to capture the impression of light.
Anybody can make a camera, everybody has one. You can make one out of a tin can, you can make one out of a trash can. You can even make one out of an apartment. Even your eyes are chambers with holes.
The function of a camera is to creatively control how light will hit the back. Factors that affect how the back receives information are as follows.
- the brightness of the subject you are capturing
- how big the hole is (aperture)
- how light is filtered in front of the hole
- the amount of time you leave the hole open for (shutter speed
- how far away the hole is from the back (focal length)
- how sensitive the back material is (ISO)
- how light is focused and channeled (lens)
These are the basic concepts for what a camera is and how one functions.
This is my first year out of art school. Still trying to get my grasp on the real world.
I am now 22.
Photography was my major at The Learning Connexion: School of Art and Creativity. I loved it, I fell down the rabbit hole. Three and a half years flew by so quickly. I began learning digital photography in my second year. I switched to film photography in my third year when I discovered the endless artistic merits of film. The third year made me a very proficient and disciplined artist.
After my course, I moved down to Christchurch, mainly to save myself. Wellington is a very expensive city and turns into a depressing limbo after University.
I'm a hybrid analog photographer. I tend to digitally archive my photos and also print them by hand. Best of both worlds.
Annually, I shoot an average of six rolls a month, but that number might increase. Spending six months away from the school darkroom got unnerving. My collection of unprocessed film was getting too large to take into a film lab so in December, after some thought, I decided to invest in a darkroom set up.
It is now April, everything has been functioning for two months and I am very content. I have found myself again.
Becoming a film photographer is something where you need to smartly invest. It doesn't cost a leg and a spare kidney like digital, but it does require some conscious thought about your purchases.
If you thought setting up your darkroom was an impossible feat, I will say this... Its okay. Film still exists, it's a great choice, an enlightening creative medium. The internet is your friend and we are here to help you.
In part One, we will make a check list of the all things you need to seriously think about before you become a photographer. This will be published tomorrow on the blog.
Get ready to write things down.