Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Study of Art: Photography

A Study of Art: Photography

Many say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or that artists see the world differently. But of course, everyone has their own opinion, and is rightfully entitled to it. Thus is the world of art.

Photography is a relatively young art form. It had to wait to be invented and improved. Even now new cameras and technologies are being developed that will again make previous models obsolete. However, with all the changes in medium, the concept of the photograph stays the same: to capture a moment in time. No other art form does quite the same thing without taking a considerable amount of time to produce the same effect as a single click of a button.

Anyone ca be a photographer whether young or old. My nephew centers images well and my grandmother would cut off peoples heads. Myself, I prefer inanimate objects so that I know it’s my fault if the image is blurry. The more serious of us will set up with tripods and extra lighting to achieve that “perfect” shot. Fortunately, the beauty of art is that anything can be perfect.

Location and subject matter will influence the quality of photo. Living in New Orleans, I’ve been lucky to have such a photogenic city. Sometimes though, I like to look for my inspiration in places other than the French Quarter. Crazy, right? You‘d be surprises to find plenty of subject matter right in your own backyard! All you have to do is pay a bit more attention to your surroundings and you’ll find plenty to photograph.

Sometimes photography isn’t just about subject matter, but about how you take the picture. Some pictures call for dramatic black and white while others need vibrant color. Focus is also changed to achieve a soft or full look. Lighting is important in how it plays on the subject. Changing any one of these settings can result in a completely different feeling picture.

The best tip I could give an aspiring photographer is to quite simply have fun. There’s no need to be all serious about pushing the little button. Enjoy taking pictures and enjoy your surroundings and your company, should you have any. Just smile and click!

To see the inspiration for my latest photos, visit http://www.photoworksneworleans.com/ to see the art of Louis Sahuc, local photographer of New Orleans.