Taking a photo has never been high on my agenda even though it simply requires a click & voila a memory preserved for always…well yes that’s the very basic premise of photography.  But no (a very emphatic no) it is way more complex than that!  Brenda is our deeply passionate photographer and watching her shoot has been a revelation and education all rolled into one.

I nod sagely when she expresses frustration about the lens, lighting, exposure, contrasts, camera shake or the ISO & cross my fingers she won’t expect helpful advice or suggestions.  And somewhere there is an aperture or an f-stop.  Clueless what either means in a photographic context (I am 100% sure f-stop is not a vague attempt to avoid swearing) .  I must confess I breathe more easily when Brenda is up a tree, perched on a ledge, balanced on an object or lying on the ground oblivious to everything – thoroughly absorbed in her photography.  That’s when I mistakenly think all is well with the lighting, contrast, ISO and and and

My education begins when we review the images … a fascinating pictorial story.  Her images invoke emotion.  I see beautiful images & she sees corrections.  And so I’m learning how a good shot becomes a great shot.  I’m learning the impact of lighting and the importance of colour grading. Oh yes, Lightroom is possibly the 21st century equivalent of a darkroom but what do I know beyond click?

What I do know for sure is this – the camera itself isn’t the genius.  Look it goes a long way to capturing an outstanding image (again with the lens, lighting, ISO blah blah).  It takes the shot the way the photographer sees it, points it & clicks!!  See there is a click involved but getting to the click needs talent & a brilliant eye.  I could use Brenda’s ‘very good’ camera but my efforts would never be very good.

Next time you see a photograph that just blows you away, don’t wonder about the camera used -appreciate the talent of the photographer…

Yours in camera shake,
Teacha