A photographer I recently worked with asked for the best non-technical advice I could offer. The question took me off guard momentarily; it was quite the departure from the common inquiries on histograms, white balance or aperture.
My thoughts quickly shifted to the words of photographer Ernst Haas (1921 – 1986).
When I was first starting out, this quote resonated deeply with me and it remains an influential concept to this day. “There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
What Haas was describing is the real test of a photographer’s artistic growth. When there is no grand vista or magic light, no double rainbow or brilliant sunset, do you pack away your camera… or do you look harder to find the photo that everyone else passed by?
It’s this part of our art that can’t be explained in a technical guide but has to come from within.