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flyinglentris
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Re: Let me suggest a more basic guide to learning the fundamental entrails of lighting

Ellis Vener wrote:

Let me suggest a more basic guide to learning the fundamental entrails of lighting, a book which has stood me in good stead over the years: “Matters of Light and Depth” by the late Academy Technical Award winning cinematographer and inventor, Ross Lowell.

I will check this out.

After that, the next piece of educational material you should have in your toolbox is “Light, Science and Magic.”

I have this book and just finished reading it cover to cover and will continue to absorb it in practice.

But something fundamental remains, a skill which can be taught but not passively learned and that is how to see light. You learn that over time through practice, experimenting, failing, succeeding, and by looking at paintings and other photographs. If you get good at it you will develop a feel for what looks right and imaging what you want a photo to look like. This part, seeing and imaging, incorporates but transcends craft and is where half of the Art in photography resides.

I wholeheartedly believe in the subjective power over creativity and the need to train one's responsiveness to control final imaging freely and creatively. I have for years used abstract minimalism as a way to train my composition skills so that my art would hold the same powers of subliminal retention that good masterly works of non-photographic art do. It is a very valuable point you bring up that photographers should appreciate the accomplishments in other forms of art as there is much to learn from the masters and different "schools" of artistic expression. Techniques pioneered there can be used in photographer. Sure some would argue no, since photography is not as flexible. But composition and framing is.

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