First I need to say I enjoyed my time in class with the other students that enjoy Photography as much as I do! And Michele Pero is an excellent instructor and top Photographer.
I say new to photography because I started going to photography classes in 1974 in New York City, NY. We had learned at that time to use all format cameras from 35mm, 2 1/4, 4×5, 5×7, 8×10 view camera. Loading our own sheet film into holders and then processing the film be it B&W or Color film and at that time we learned C-41 color process. If we took a bad shot, we did not know till developing of the film and then making a contact sheet print to view the results! And then it was the magic of photography: subject, light, film. Process the film and then see what you have.
Today, to truly appreciate and understand what you have available, for me it is mind bending! I had worked at one studio in New York City and my boss would shot Product or Food photography. The Art Director at the time always wanted to see a final chrome of the shot. My boss would expose the film, then I would run to the Lab and they would process it, and a few hours later I would return to pick-up the film and return to the studio for my boss to edit the shots and then show to the Art Director to make small changes to the composition. To get the final shot, the shot for print would take all day sometimes. Today, most people can NOT wait to see the snap shoot they just took seconds ago on the back of their screen. We did not have this tool, the most we had were Polaroid’s, this was a very big help to show and explain things to people during the shooting.
You have so much available today in choices of equipment and software programs to help correct images, it is almost too much! I like the foundation of Apple Aperture software in minimal correction and not much on the manipulation. For me, this is called straight shot or direct photography. You take your shot and print. Not fix on the computer.
Photography unlike other ARTS, it is quick. In taking the image, process, print and end result. A Painter or Sculpture Artist needs time to perfect their piece they are creating. Photography had been and still is an Art Form, the new digital age is a tool and the Photographer still drives the car to where it is going. Meaning, you change F-Stops for depth-of-field, Shutter Speed to stop or blur action, and most of all the choice of Color or Black & White film to make a bold statement.
The Camera, Computer, Software programs and Printer are JUST tools!
You need to learn who, what, where, why and How photography came about in history to appreciate today’s world of New Age Photography.
By Joseph Cataldo
Many years ago, Photographer of Product, Still Life, Fashion, Public Relations Newsletter and Portraiture.