Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Lesson 1 - 3 Ingredients Named

Dear Visitor

I'm in the process of revamping my blog so that I might share what I do, how I do it, and why I do what I do. It's my intention that this information would benefit those of you interested in Black and White film photography; no color, no digital. I own a Canon digital camera which only captures in color but it's not used for my fine art b&w work. 

My story started more than 60 years ago when my Dad let me use his Burleigh Brooks folding 6x9 film camera. Several years later, I was allowed to work in Dad's darkroom and was captivated by the entire process of developing film and printing the final photograph.

A portion of my work is on the Internet at to which I add additional postings on a regular basis. Therefore, it's not likely more images will be posted to this blog. I'd like the blog to be more of an interactive educational forum. Let's see how it goes.

LESSON 1 - An Image or Just a Snapshot?

As I see it, we all have the ability to capture the moment should we choose to do so. Even more since we now have cameras that have a phone attached to them. More snapshots are done using a cell phone than by use of any other type of camera. They're very handy and quite useful. However, most fine art images are created via a more conventional camera be it film or digital. Needless to say, some photographers have had great success with unique cell phone pictures.  

Our discussion of fine art photography, as I see it, will not include cell phones.

My definition of a snapshot is an event, a moment, a site, etc that's caught quickly with little thought to the rules of great photography. Often done to support the old saying, "Well it's better than nothing." Be it true or not, that's my take. 

An image, on the other hand, needs at least three "ingredients" to make it great:

  • Subject - What is the picture all about? Will others recognize it?
  • Attention - Have you focused attention on the subject?
  • Simplicity - Have you eliminated distractions from the subject?
We'll discuss each in detail on the next blog. Please leave your comments. Thanks!