Monday, May 31, 2010

Flint Hills Imagemakers: here to make you a better photographer!

We live in the "golden age" of photography.  We can get images easily, and move them around electronically without getting close to a piece of paper.  The cameras are amazing, with the ability to create pictures immediately without a lot of adjustments.  With the explosion of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, it is increasingly easy to see others work.  Vice versa, for the aspiring (or established) photographer, it is easier to get the images "out there" to be seen.  Truly a wonderful time in photography.

There is, however, a difference between one who uses their electronic device to collect images and post them on the web, versus a photographer that plans and sets up the image, knows how to set up the camera to get the look and the lighting he/she wants and then can process them in the computer to make truly stunning images.  Part of that ability is an art:  the ability to imagine a picture in your head and composing the picture in the camera viewfinder.  The other part of that ability is knowledge of the camera and software and skill with it's use.  The truly great photographers can do both.

As we move through the blog, we hope you can pick up some clues to good photography along the way.  I hope I can too.  I hope to have other photographers from our area share their skills on this blog.  I also hope to have some podcast recordings from our upcoming class in Council Grove, KS that will be informative as well.

Next post. . .where to get up to date with your photography.

Joel Hornung
Council Grove, KS

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