…Forget the auto settings. Use manual.~ Alex Moed
Amy’s theme this week for LAPC #133 has prompted me to share my photography journey, which started in an unconventional way. It began with my son Alex.
Years ago, when he was in elementary school, we took a parent-child class in darkroom photography at the local Y. It was a chance for both of us to experience the “magic” of the darkroom and for me to explore developing techniques which I learned in my 20’s. As it turned out, the class sparked Alex’s fascination with cameras, light, and the visual arts, which he has pursued as an adult.
While he studied visual effects in college, I read some of his art history textbooks, like Jansen’s History of Art, which had hundreds of photographs of masterpieces over the centuries. Learning about artists and art styles gave me a better appreciation of photography as an art form and a basic understanding of art.
At the same time, Alex was experimenting more with video, photography, and the digital arts. He shared what he was learning with me and gave me some very honest (!) feedback about my images. At one point, he told me, “Ma, forget the auto settings. Use manual.” To be honest, I did it with some trepidation and I was elated when I conquered that hurdle.
From Alex I learned the importance of composing a photo even before I click the shutter. Because he questioned how I edited several photos, this drove me towards understanding how to crop a shot effectively. Alex continues to nudge me to stretch my artistic boundaries. A compliment from him is a true compliment. I value every one!
After 7 years in the field, he continues to grow as a visual effects artist, learning new software and techniques. (You can view his current work at the bottom of this post.) He has told us that to be a true artist, learning never stops. He also reminds me that constructive feedback is necessary to grow. I believe that is very true and try to approach photography with a mind open to improving and learning from others. That is why the Lens-Artists Photo Challenges have been so valuable for me. I have learned so much from Amy, Tina, and Ann-Christine, as well as you, our followers.
I hope you join us this week for Amy’s My Photography Journey Challenge. Please be sure to stop by and see her post. Remember to link your post to Amy’s, and use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you in the Reader.
Last week Ann Christine’s LAPC#132: Striped and Checked challenge was so much fun. I loved seeing where you found stripes and checks, some in unexpected places! You gave me a lot of surprises and dozens of smiles.
Next week, it will be Tina’s turn to lead the challenge, so please stop by Travels and Trifles and join the fun on Saturday, February 6 at noon. Her topic will be “Before and After.” Show us some of your photos both before and after editing.
Your continued participation, support, enthusiasm, and creativity inspire us! Have a wonderful, creative week and please stay safe.