on being a photographer

One annoying thing about being a photographer is that if I see something cool, or a really spectacular composition, and I don’t have my camera, I mentally kick myself for not bringing my camera. It happens all the time! And sometimes, I start wanting not to see cool stuff or great compositions, because if I don’t see them, I can’t feel bad about not being able to capture them. It’s actually pretty funny if you think about it.

All this makes me want to take a camera everywhere, even if it might hinder my enjoying the place to the fullest. A good by-product of this is that I get photos that I (obviously) never would have if I didn’t bring my camera, such as this one below:

I took this one at a Boy Scout leadership training event at lunch.

It also helps if your main camera (I use a Panasonic G5, not the best example, but still better than even the smallest DSLR) is portable, because if you just take a tiny p&s, you still get frustrated when you reach it’s limits. I guess it all boils down to how you look at it. If your photos are either you job, you might be better off taking your camera everywhere. But if your just a hobbyist, it could be better to leave the camera at home for a while, and let your eye recharge.


photography as an art form


I see photography as art. A somewhat controversial topic to be sure. I can definitely see how some people can think otherwise, as easily half of photographers only take pictures as documentation of family, pets, vacations, etc.
(picture of clover)(an art photo)
However, some photos are definitely art, just as much as a painting or poem.


Some points that come up against photos are:
1)That they are infinitely reproducible.

2)That they are easier than paintings to make.


My opinions on these points are:
1)The fact that photos are infinitely reproducible does have an effect on its monetary value, like it or not (I would certainly pay more for something if there were only one than if there were twenty-five with more being made every week); but it shouldn’t have an effect on its value as art.

2)Photos require less manual effort, but the limitations of photography require you to work with what is already there, as opposed to creating an entirely new scene filled with whatever you want, as in painting.


However, art is subjective, and we all have different subconscious views about what is or isn’t art; so take with a grain of salt, because this is just my opinion.


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