Unit II: Technique



Photography (noun)

  • the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera
  • the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (as film or an optical sensor)

Light is our paint brush. The camera is our easel. Its sensor is our canvass.

Our eyes and mind dictate how we compose our pictures. The camera records that composition for us. But the quality of the recording is dictated by the light it captures. Understanding and appreciating how we as photographers are practically slaves to light allows us to further reduce the guesswork. Learning how to manipulate late and use it to our advantage is the key in taking our skills and quality of work to the next level.

We also need to understand about cameras is that they capture and process an image very differently from our eyes. In order to make the most of your camera, you need to learn how to operate it to take pictures they way you want it to. In this part of the course, we will attempt to learn techniques to achieve just that, or at least get something close.



Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Photography. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photography.