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Mastering photography - part 3

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Keywords: mastery, art, bgs

Ballet dancer by Pascal Baetens

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Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on November 1, 2017

One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources

@James, great input, thanks. Feel free to comment on the Café thread on this as well, letting us keep all thoughts in one place :)

James Oppenheim (Commart) on October 31, 2017

Every art has two major components: technical facility and mastery of one or more parts of the literature or body of work in the field extant. Generally speaking -- and not speaking about the art business -- the end sought in development of a composing artist (whatever the medium) is "new idiom". Referred to as "unique voice" or vision or technique, it's generally easier to master methods and know one's field than it is to produce a unique contribution to it. In straight photography, the most notable were adventurous with both their subject interests and the technology employed; in today's blended and computer-enabled graphic and visual arts environment, all becomes illustration -- we're displaying something! -- and it may be more difficult to produce "breakthrough" in "prosumer" approaches because so many advances -- cgi, 3D -- may be rooted in the capabilities of expensive experimental technology and related investment. Does it matter as it may have for 19th Century chemistry and theatrical genius? I don't think so: the art-making experience has been democratized (everyone can do something) and then for guys and gals with cameras, there's always room for exploration, observation, and visualization in the making and editing of an exposure.