What Can Brown Do For You? (jeremyb) wrote,
What Can Brown Do For You?

I've travled this road before... and gotten lost.

I've always been interested in photography, but never considered myself good. I took a photography class my junior or senior year of high school (my school actually had a dark room), and learned a lot technically about photography, but didn't really learn how to take pictures.

Side note:
Amazingly, a couple people in my class ended up going to the same school I did, but for photography, instead of that silly engineering program. Anyway, I never thought I could make a career out of photography, especially after having taken the high school class, but I find it fun, if not expensive.
End side note

Step back in time about 10 years (wow, it HAS been that long), when I was taking my photography course. Of course there was no such thing as digital photography, and film wasn't any cheaper in those days. Because we developed our own pictures, we shot in black and white. Many of my pictures came out sub-par, being too dark and improperly developed, a couple of them came out better than others. Maybe if I can find them again someday, I'll scan them in. Through that whole experience, we got the opportunity to shoot one roll of color film and develop it. I learned one thing that week of shooting in color after months of shooting black and white... most things don't need to be photographed in color to be good. I had 24 shots on that camera and couldn't find anything to take a picture of that was worthy of the color film. A few less than spectacular flowers would be all that I could manage for those 24 shots.

Today, I shoot almost entirely in color, because my primary digital camera doesn't do black and white, and I don't currently own a film camera. I think I've gotten back to the point where I don't see things for being what they are, and color as something special. I read just the other day that there are some photos that are good because of the color and less-so because of the objects in the photo. I'd like to be able to take a picture like that someday. As it stands now, I do just the opposite, I take pictures with objects in them and think about whether they would look good without the color, and remove it, I don't think about the color.

Also interesting to note that through the last 5 years (when I got back into photography), the number of pictures that I consider good (good enough to put in a calendar) has increased increased dramatically as time has progressed. With my first digital camera, I have one calendar quality photo. My 2nd camera I think got 2 or 3. The newest camera has the other 8 months :) Granted, it may be that I'm taking more picture, it could be that I'm actually getting better at this photography thing; I like to think the latter. Either way, I'm glad that I am alive for the digital camera revolution, without it, I don't think I could afford this hobby.

So, what's the point of all this? I don't know, I guess I wanted to think out loud.

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