The amount and quality of questions Zack Arias voluntarily answers continues to be invaluable but he responds to them all at a rate that seems overwhelming too me so I find myself sifting through them sometimes but I particularly liked this one.
I’m sure I’m paraphrasing but there’s a quote that reads something like “photography is easy to learn, what’s difficult is trying to learn what type of photographer you wish to be.”But even once you established what kind of photographer you want to be, there has to be a level of creativity associated with everything you shoot and that’s where the challenge lies as well.
Zack laid it out perfectly. I know people who are just starting with photography and in their self-discovery process, their mind and conversation regarding the craft revolves around nothing but f-stops, lenses and what not. I don’t know a lot about photography but I like to think I know enough where it helps me manipulate my camera to obtain photos how I want them.
The best analogy I have for Zack’s answer relates to driving. Are really thinking about every single technical aspect that you learned in driving school while you’re driving now? I would venture to say no. I now I’m not. I know that I’m not suppose to cross a solid line, I know that yellow light signifies Yield, I know that pedestrians have the right of way, I know that the speed limit in most New York highways is 55MPH but the question is, I am obsessively thinking about all this? No I’m not because it’s become second nature. What I’m doing is enjoying the genuine process of driving without letting the tools or rules distract me from something that should be fun. Photography is no different.