IN photography, your greatest asset is your imagination. Without it, it’s like driving a car with no destination. While it is true that honing your skills is one of the major challenges you will face when learning photography, it is useless when you have no imagination to show.
The heart of an artist is a mix of confused emotions. They have a mind that has endless routes. Imagination is born out of all the chaos, and without any logic, seemingly everything will start to make sense. Realizing your art out of your imagination is where your skills kick in.
In one photography group, a member posted a photo for criticism. It was depressing to see comments coming from a perspective of a microscope. The photo was as if submitted for forensic investigation. Although, I myself would agree that the killer is in the details, sometimes the greater perspective merits more. Remember that the closer you look, the less you see the bigger picture.
Your artwork is a result of your take in life. It’s a reflection of your belief and choices at a certain point of your journey. It’s what differentiates you from the other photographers. More than the aesthetics, it’s the level of connection and how far will the artwork engage you emotionally.
Learning photography is seeing things you never noticed before. It’s a feeling of excitement from a split second experience. It’s learning how to see and appreciate the play of light and shadow. You can even apply HDR toning in your imagination and no one will ever know about it. Once you start to see it, there’s no way to ignore it.
As you train your eyes to see what isn’t there and to communicate your thoughts only through your artwork, you’ll be surprised to experience a whole new world. A world filled with spectacular scenes of beauty. A world like you’ve never seen before.
It is your love of the art of photography that drives you to learn more. It is who you are or within you that reflects the artworks that you make. Photography is your tool to express your thoughts and opinions. Keep on shooting, everyone!
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