Nature or Nurture
I'm still thrilled with my studies. I haven't shot in a while. I hate to say that I don't "feel like it" but isn't life such? When we don't "fell like" something, we don't do it. For me this is even more so. I have a touch of depression and anxiety so I try to go with my feelings. I don't force myself to do anything because that bothers my feelings even more. I always seem to get it when it needs to be gotten though... so I can't complain.
Aside from that, I'm bursting to shoot with a DSLR so taking my iPhone out is even less thrilling.
Ugh, anyway. I made an observation.
That observation is: Photography does not have to be studied.
I can hear the hissing!
Don't get me wrong. I have learned a lot, but beyond the basics everything can be learned in the field, just you and your camera, if you are dedicated.
Below is a video on Simplification and Negative Space. Oh, I love negative space! It's one of my favorite concepts and I just figured out why! I'm a minimalist.
I already shoot like this, with lots of negative space and it all of a sudden hit me that the lessons I am learning and what I am doing is mostly reinforcing what I know about art as a whole. Photography composition rules are often asked to be broken and everything I learn about composition, I kinda already knew, I just need to apply it, or not. lol. I think having an eye for art, beauty and things that look pleasing is the real and big picture of photography.
Honestly, almost every photographer I have watched and looked at their work breaks the rules and just uses their feel for art and beauty to motivate their images.
Like I said, some things must be "taught" like exposure, but when it comes so composition, you knack for art in general could get you there... maybe take an art appreciation class. hee hee hee... not trying to be snide, I hope my point is coming across. lol.
It brings me back to nature vs nurture. Nurturing is kinda like the feeding I do when I study and nature is just my ability to see beauty with no instruction.
I must say though, in the video above one of the first things that the man says is that it's sort of a minimalist way of shooting... not a quote... but when I heard that it just hit me. There is nothing more that I love than a single lady bug among a see of green grass - bokeh or not.
So, I almost think I may have found my genre... minimalism? Wont know until I get busier with my photography but I know who I am and minimal is it.
Oh and I did manage to take one pic today. :)
Kinda dark but you get the point.
Absolutely obsessed with these sweets! Can only eat half at a time because they are soooo rich. Noshing on them while I study! nom nom nom.
Pinky - Out