The Eye. This past weekend I introduced Shot Archives to my mom. I couldn't be more grateful for the support and trust she has always instilled in me. In my previous blog post, I mentioned how my mom is a creative mastermind, a true artist, and the one who filled my crazy head with the "only stupid people get bored" mindset. She taught me the beauty of creation, the importance behind perception, and how to cook a sunny side up egg to perfection (slightly runny in the middle with a golden crisp edge).
During our conversation, my mom mentioned how she had recently watched a show on a photographer who was asked about the new age of cell phone cameras and the closing gap between amateur equipment and professional setups. Most photographers would start going into detail about their manual settings, camera specs, and editing software, but let's be honest, it really is amazing how good camera phones and your everyday editing apps have become. The photographer in the interview responded that the main difference between her work and others is her eye- the ability to see the potential in a shot. I agree.
There are 3 things that happen when I take a photo:
The photo above was taken on October 15th and was a photo that I knew had potential. It definitely isn't the most original photo by any means, but I knew the clouds, the lighting, and the variance of colors would help create a warm dramatic tone (something fit for Halloween). Sometimes, the direction of a photo takes time to develop and most of them won't see the public eye, but make sure to save your photos in case that day comes along. I'm glad I did with this one.
I hope you take away some positive points from today's blog. First, I hope you surround yourself with people who will continue to support you unconditionally and continue to help you grow and evolve as an artist. Second, your eye and ability to recognize a potentially great shot is your best counterpart. There are so many photographers who obsess over the latest most expensive gear, but that doesn't guarantee anything. And last, but not least, continue making the effort to snap photos on a regular basis and save them along the way. The added experience will help you develop your style, craft, and train the eye to better identify your future masterpieces.
Keep creating my friends and Happy Halloween.
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