Happy Wednesday everyone. Last night I had the pleasure of hanging out with Matt Kloskowski, our Creative Director Felix Nelson, and Sara Jane Todd, Ted Waitt & Scott Cowlin from Peachpit at our favorite local hangout – City Fish in Tampa, FL. We got into the conversation about Photography and art, and I thought it worth it enough to bring here to talk about today. The question was simple: Can Photography be considered art.
Think of it this way – Let’s say you’ve never shot a camera in your life. You could technically stand with a person next to you, teaching you aperture, exposure, ISO, and White Balance.. and do that enough to feel comfortable with the camera. Now.. you could go the Grand Canyon, and aim your camera at the same location that 50 other lenses are pointed at the “Golden Hour” and pretty quickly get the picture that the 25 people to your left and 25 people to your right got. Does this mean that this is art, or merely Photo Collection.
Now, before the hate mail starts coming in – yes I think your photography rocks. Yes you are unique, and yes this takes a while to master. Personally I think Going to a locale and shooting a landscape shot to ‘have’ it is a wonderful thing, and for me serves -one- of my passions in photography. Being able to work the camera in such a manner to execute that, you need to be at the top of your game.. but some could consider that Craftmanship, and not art. In that same respect, you can give someone a pencil and paper and ask them to sketch and no matter how hard they try, they will never be able to produce something that you’d say “Oh.. thats amazing.. ” So one can be learned.. another cant be learned.. but are you even measuring the same thing?
If you want to see an example of someone who I believe should be an artist, look no further than Dan (Dano) Steinhardt. Dano works for Epson, but not many people would also know that he is an amazing photographer. Some time ago, he did a post on Scott Kelby’s blog that I thought showed how you can transcend the “Been here, got the shirt” avenue and opening a whole new artistic door. I see his work as Art. But, the whole root of the matter is that Art is such a subjective thing. For example, I dont think of Jackson Pollock as art.. many do.
This was a TEENY part of a much bigger conversation. If you’d love to weigh in, go to the Contact page here, select Layers Magazine Blog from the drop down and let me know. You can also weigh in by sending me something via Twitter- hey.. you may even want to include the Peachpit Crew (linked above). They’d love to hear your thoughts as well. I’m keeping my opinions on the topic kinda quiet until I can form them a little better.. but very interesting nonetheless.
Creating an Eclipse in After Effects, Part 2
In the second part of this tutorial, J Schuh shows how to take the sun animation composed in part one and block it out, then add some text. Click on the link below to watch the tutorial: