Right Brain vs. Left Brain: Crossing the Lines Between Technical and Creative Photography

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Presentation given to the Katy Area Photographers Meetup Group, Cinco Ranch Library, September 21, 2010

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Right Brain vs. Left Brain: Crossing the Lines Between Technical and Creative Photography

  1. 1. Image © 2010 Alex Suarez The Right Brain vs. the Left Brain Crossing the Lines Between Technical and Creative Photography OR A Good Magician Never Reveals His Secrets or Mistakes(NOT)
  2. 2. “I have often thought that if Photography were Difficult in the true sense of the term - meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching - there would be a vast improvement in total output. the sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster” - Ansel Adams If you are messing with technology, then you are not getting your work done. It is only when the technology becomes invisible that true creativity can take place. Photography is about contradictions
  3. 3. Technology = Time 1986 2006 Shoot Time=30-40 min. Shoot Time=1-2 min. Post-Process~60-90 Min. Post-Process~20 Min. Photograph Unusable Photograph Usable
  4. 4. “The boon of digital photography is that the photographer has complete control of the image, and the bane of digital photography is that the photographer has complete control of the image. What seems to be occurring is that the poets within us - the poets who started this tidal wave of revolution - are becoming imprisoned by the technology” - Vincent Versace
  5. 5. Ansel Adams “Yosemite, Summer” (1935) Tom Haymes, “Classic Valley” (2009) “Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated, are intended to be looked at. this brings to the forefront not the technology of imaging, which is of course important, but rather what we might call the Eyenology (Seeing)” - Henri Cartier-Bresson
  6. 6. “Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for Canon Tl me are not Sinar Alpina (1982-1986) important” (1986-1991) Henri Cartier-Bresson Leica M2 (1986-1997) Replaced by M6 (1998-) Valuable Lessons
  7. 7. Valuable Lessons Canon Tl “Capitol Reflection” (1983)
  8. 8. Sinar Alpina “Horse and house”(1987) Valuable Lessons
  9. 9. Leica M2 “Tour de France, Berlin” (1987) Valuable Lessons
  10. 10. The Tyranny of Media The Rigors of Slide Film Valuable Lessons Pt. 2
  11. 11. The Tyranny of Media The Strictures of Sheet Film Valuable Lessons Pt. 2
  12. 12. The Tyranny of Media Limits of Film and Paper Range Valuable Lessons Pt. 2
  13. 13. “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop” - Ansel Adams Speed Kills Good Photography
  14. 14. Speed Kills Good Photography Technology can make you sloppy because it tempts you to hurry
  15. 15. Slowing Down - It’s Hard to do Tip #1: Do Some Night Photography
  16. 16. Slowing Down - It’s Hard to do Tip #1: Do Some Night Photography
  17. 17. Slowing Down - It’s Hard To Do Tip #2: Be Patient - Watch the World Develop
  18. 18. Slowing Down - It’s Hard to do Tip #2: Be Patient- Watch the World Develop
  19. 19. Slowing Down - It’s Hard to do Tip #2: Be Patient- Watch the World Develop
  20. 20. Use Technology Appropriately Tip #3: Speed (technology) is most useful in Post-process
  21. 21. Use Technology Appropriately Tip #3: Speed (technology) is most useful in Post-process
  22. 22. Use Technology Appro- priately Tip #3: Speed (technology) is most useful in Post-process
  23. 23. Use Technology Appropriately Tip #4: Start with the Basics “Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important” Henri Cartier-Bresson
  24. 24. Use Technology Appropriately Tip #4: Start with the Basics
  25. 25. Use Technology Appropriately Tip #4: Start with the Basics
  26. 26. Use Technology Appropriately Tip #5: Once you’ve Mastered the Basics, Then Get Weird. your Instincts will Reward You
  27. 27. Use Technology Appropriately Tip #5: Once you’ve Mastered the Basics, Then Get Weird. your Instincts will Reward You
  28. 28. Use Technology Appropriately Tip #5: Once you’ve Mastered the Basics, Then Get Weird. your Instincts will Reward You
  29. 29. Find your Passion - and Get Good at It “In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling will appear on print. if it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. it is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.” - Ansel Adams
  30. 30. One more Thing.... Use Technology to connect you to the world: If you are interested in marketing your work, invest your time in the internet
  31. 31. Where to Find Me: www.haymesimages.com www.flickr.com/photos/tomhaymes E-Mail: tom@haymesimages.com Phone: 281-748-3684 This Presentation is at: www.slideshare.net/haymest Upcoming Shows: September 20-29, KAA Member Show “WonderFALL Art,” Traditions Bank, 1515 S. Grand Pkwy., Katy, Tx November 13, KAA LSAG Show, Cinco Ranch Church of Christ, Katy, TX December 4-23, Featured Artist “Skyscraper City,” Betz Gallery, 1208 W. Gray, Houston, TX

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