Had a photography workshop Sunday – we were a group of ten and walked from the Lower East Side thru the Bowery and a piece of Soho. Fantastic info and scenery was had by all. The instructor’s name was Marla Mossman – her calling card a photo she took in Afghanistan of a burka stall. The photo is mind blowing. Marla is exploring the cultures and countries of the Silk Road, working on a grant-financed project called the Peace Caravan Project (www.peacecaravan.com). Be sure to check the site out – especially the picture gallery.
But about the class – I learned this weekend there is much more to taking pictures than just pointing and shooting. The first lesson learned: you control the camera, the camera does not control you. I was introduced to aperture, F-stops, and ISOs on Saturday; Sunday I attempted to use them. I may never go back to automatic mode….
But this new knowledge does not assure better pictures, just a better thought process. That may lead to better pictures. I was disappointed to learn there is no silver bullet – nothing is easy.
And ‘better’ is a subjective term. Second lesson learned: there are no wrong answers – just a different viewpoint. A different feeling. A variant on a theme.
How can you tell better? Lesson 3: practice, practice, practice. I have a lot to do. Thank heaven New York has so many neighborhoods!
So next time you are in town, let’s make it a point to meet on the southeast corner of Chrystie and Rivington, and let’s take a walk.
Here are some fruits of my labors: