About This Episide

Thank you to Clay for a response to my Replacements show on his Through My Lens podcast.
Just wanted to clarify that making these types of alterations is not good for starting photographers because it creates this precedent of shooting and fixing later in photoshop. This just creates a lazy photographer, who doesn’t pay any attention to camera or composition, because “everything can be fixed in photoshop”.  
This quote by Manuel Alvarez Bravo a Mexican photographer from the bygone era sums it up nicely:
“A photographer’s main instrument is his eyes. Strange as it may seem, many photographers choose to use the eyes of another photographer, past or present, instead of their own. Those photographers are blind.” 
– Manuel Alvarez Bravo
b. February 4, 1902
In this episode me and Dave discuss the idea of actually embracing the physical flaws in your cameras and lenses to create great images.  Be it flares, noise, or weird bokeh.  Each lens has it’s own characteristic which is good to learn and apply during your photographic process.  Some with flare when pointed at the sun, some will have more control by implementing a better lens design.  Some lenses have great bokeh, and some don’t.  The idea is to know what your lens characteristic is, and either avoid it if you can, or embrace it, making the images more interesting in the process.  

Some companies like Lensbaby create special imperfections in their lenses, to open your creativity.  They are a perfect example of embracing flaws and pushing you to be more creative.

So go ahead, embrace the flaws and be creative! Follow your own vision.

Talk to you next week!

 

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