Photographic Exercise: Describe a Pic

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Dudley Hanks, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Dudley Hanks

    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Having an "eye" for detail is one of those tools most
    photographers rely on. But, how does one develop that

    Well, one way is to check out the work of other shooters and
    examine how they've shot subjects you might be interested

    When looking at somebody else's pic, we typically look at colour
    schemes, depth of focus, the presence or absence of blur, shadow
    and highlight detail, facial expression of subjects (if present),

    The absence of the ability to view the work of others is one of
    the biggest obstacles for a blind photographer to overcome, and
    it's one of the things I find most distressing about the loss of
    my sight.

    With that in mind, I'd like to suggest an exercise for anyone out
    there who is interested in both developing their observational
    skills and helping me to overcome this obsticle.

    The exercise is simple. Just find some shots taken by your
    favourite photographer, or one recommended by others. Look at
    their pics and try to put what you see into words.

    Try to figure out what aperture / shutter speed might have been
    selected, what ISO film or sensor speed chosen, ditto for lens
    focal length, the presence or absence of staged lights, special
    filters / effects used, etc.

    Jot down notes about the content of the pic, everything from what
    objects are in the shot (or implyed) to how the elements are
    placed, and how you feel about what you see.

    Even if you're not into making your observations public by
    posting them here, or assisting me by emailing them to one of my
    email addresses, I would encourage you to try the exercise
    yourself, as a way to help you develop your artistic

    Of course, though, I'd be very interested in what you come up
    with, as it would be a huge source of inspiration and insight for
    me to draw upon as I pursue my passion.

    Good Luck,
    Dudley Hanks, Mar 16, 2011
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  2. You mean, the post about how to get rid of OFF-TOPIC TROLLS LIKE YOU?

    Now, did you have something to say about cameras and photography? NO. You
    Outing Trolls is FUN!, Mar 17, 2011
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  3. It's only "brainless" if you don't have a brain.

    If you read the original, I noted that part of the exercise is
    to try to decipher from the pic what aperture, shutter speed,
    ISO etc was used... all of which are subjects discussed
    extensively on this group. Likewise, posts on subject matter,
    composition, and lighting are well represented in posted

    I guess this is just another case where it's alright for a
    sighted person to post here on whatever they feel is "
    appropriate," but the blind are excluded, kind of like your
    comments to Dave that he should use a camera with an EVF in
    order to help him see things better. But, hey, if that same
    screen helps a blind photographer, it's a "crutch."

    But, hey, you are making improvements.

    I note with satisfaction the more subdued tone of your
    critique. You "almost" come across as a sane person. Who
    says you can't be trained ... ;)

    Before you know it, you'll be PayPal'ing a donation to:

    Blind Apertures, Mar 17, 2011
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