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?