Seeing Photographically- Edward Weston. The author spends a lot of time explaining just how different and unique photography is. Edward Weston begins his essay by stating that all art forms have their limitations imposed on them by their tools, materials or the processes. I read Edward Weston’s “Seeing Photographically” essay years ago. But I only came to grasp its meaning this year as I was taking a digital.

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Prompt 2 – Edward Weston “Seeing Photographically”

He believed this process should happen as the photographer captured the image, not later in the darkroom. When I see a great photograph, it tells a story and makes me think. By comparison to this line of thinking, so much of photography is taken using an automatic camera or even just a fully automatic smartphone. As mentioned in the reading, professional photographs emerge from an instantaneous recording process, in which the least changes are made.

Photographers work can not be drawn out. You can not teach creativity. Although it is true that photographers cannot control the results other than the light, shadow, and contrastphotographs do not come out naturally good.

I believe that a truly great artist is one who has mastered the ability to visualize what the subject looks like through the lens, and thoughtfully executing on that vision. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The reading makes a point to say that photography is more honest than painting, which is why pre-visualization is so important, because a photograph should be revealing but not superficial.

September 19, at 6: He also says that photographic images have the qualities of lucidity and brilliance of tone and only printing on smooth gloss papers and never on dull-surface papers. You are commenting using your Twitter account. February 7, at 8: Weston says that the art that comes from photography is the mastery of the camera and the visualization of what you will do before you actually take the picture.


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This phrase cannot be truer. In the last class we discussed how right now people are using virtual reality in the context of what we already know such as television. I do feel that there is a place for both and indeed practice both ‘modernist’ and pictorialist’ genres.

Newer Post Older Post Home. When you see photographically, you envision the final print and use your skills to bring that idea to life. Posted by Kaitlyn at That is why I believe photography is still art, and why I believe Weston thinks it is an art form as well. November 26, photoggraphically 3: I think I can actually appreciate it more now that I have a greater understanding of the elements of photography and the abilities it takes to take a great picture.

The article begins with a short and brief summary of Edward Weston and his work. The photographer had to learn to see photographically.

The reading explains that photography is unique because although the brightness of a photo during development, it is an instant capturing of a moment that cannot be changed such as a sculpture.

If one lens allows you to capture more depth that will give you a more dynamic shot than you normally would have and you are going for a dynamic look you should be using that lens. With time and training, the skill of painting is something that the artist can take control of. It is only recently that I have begun to change my opinion and style by reading about and experimenting with ultra long exposure photography and Intentional Camera Movement Photography and studying the work of people who specialise in these genres.

As Weston states, “Photography has or will eventually, negate much painting—for which the painter should be deeply grateful; relieving him, as it were, from certain public demands: This is LyAnn by the way, sorry. Edward states that it is desperate from the others due to the fact that photography is an instantaneous recording process. While I may be tempted to try a little bit of seein since it is all so novel and I want to learn as much as I can, I will not get the results I want if I do not stick with one thing and become proficient at it first.


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However, if such images are expanded Weston presents the idea of big enlargements and printing on a rough surface it creates a lower tension between the particles and ruins the integrity and nature of the photograph.

Weston then goes on to discuss visualization. I never knew that in the beginning stages of photography, photographers tried using the medium erward recreate the look of a painting, rather than discovering the nuances of the actual camera. It is truly personal growth. The text focuses on the idea of pre-visualization, how a photographer must realize the photograph in their own head before they actually capture the image.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. He says that perhaps singers could come together and tell musicians that the sounds weeing they record and produce aren’t art because of the mechanics of their instruments.

While my shots were usually ok as informal snapshots, they were horrible for sharing my research. This sentiment seems particularly relevant today with the cell phone camera.

I am a drawing and painting major, so most of my process when creating a piece involves working with my hands to make everything look good. Either way, the principles are always locked in — experimentation in all of them, I think, is absolutely important to mastering the art of photography. By sticking with one method of photography and artist can get really good at capturing the subject just as they want to.

April 28, at Eseing, from my seeong experience, I truly support the idea that learning how to see photographically is not easy. Additionally, with photography, the finished result must be planned. It took people like Edward Weston to challenge the status quo with photography.