Mark (stillshunter) our new mod tried to get this going and there was a July challenge in 2011 -- https://www.photographerslounge.org/f32/anyone-want-join-another-challenge-single-3063/ - there was a level of interest at the time, might be again?There is a germ of an idea in this. On another forum I participated a couple of times in something they called "Single in <MonthName>."
I thought that it was obvious that my comments were observations also. I certainly wouldn't presume to "show you the way" I'm somewhat taken aback that you saw it as that.I am not asking for anyone to show me the way......
That said my OP was really just a statement of the fact that I was coming to understand the path I was on. Nothing more. I appreciate seeing and hearing from other folks such as yourself, Don , Lilli (and pretty much everyone else) but it something that happens from within. I see my path with regards to photography as being very close to the path I have taken with the sword.
It was just an observation.
Well said. I agree totally with that.I often see folks wanting the sensei or sifu (or what--have-you) to reveal the "secret" to them. I was probably the same way way back when. The truth is...there is no secret. You practice and find your path and then more you let go of the idea of there being some sort of great truth you need to find the more you understand.
It's interesting to think about how people might "learn their craft" differently in 2011 than they did in 1990 (or 1970, or 1940 ... )
I wonder who is giving thought to exercises fit for almost entirely automatic cameras?
That's not to say of course that the ability to set an exposure using sunny-16 and estimate focus distance correctly doesn't add richness and refinement to one's technique using a digital compact ... but I'd be very surprised if any but a handful of enthusiasts for the history of photography are using a manual camera in, say, 50 years time ...
This isn't the first time I've posted the following ... but ... It can be fun and instructive to play a counterfactual game ... so ... let's suppose film photography had never ever existed, and that digital photography had been invented, in all it's current glory and developments, just this year; no-one had ever used a camera without autofocus or IS or live-view or whatever, because they had simply never existed; post-processing, whether HDR or focus stacking or deblurring, was taken for granted as a natural part of the process of photography.
Or if that's too fanciful for some, then let's not forget that there are huge numbers of people using cameras daily who never used film or a manual camera.
SO .. .what does the "craft" of photography consist of for people who have never heard of (or perhaps don't care that) manual photography ever existed?
What are the chances that someone will do something like this again?Mark (stillshunter) our new mod tried to get this going and there was a July challenge in 2011 -- https://www.photographerslounge.org/f32/anyone-want-join-another-challenge-single-3063/ - there was a level of interest at the time, might be again?