See the Picture

"First you must see the picture
in order to take the picture. To do this
you need to try to see the way that your camera sees."


Seeing this way is not very difficult since both the eye and camera use a lens to focus an image onto a light sensitive surface. Your camera uses its aperture to adjust the amount of light that is let in much like the pupil in your eye does.

Camera Vs. Eye

The biggest difference between your camera and your eye is that your eye is much more versatile, it works automatically in ways that even the most advanced cameras cannot perfectly emulate. With this in mind, you must practice your control of your camera.

Your eyes also see two images from two slightly different angles giving a greater sense of depth than any camera can give. Because of this, your eyes are able to focus on the part of the scene that you want to, while your camera takes in the entire scene.

Your eyes focus almost instantly and make it seem as though everything is equally in focus. Your camera on the other hand, can only focus on one part of a scene at a time.

The Camera’s Benefits

Your camera does offer some benefits that your eyes do not. By only framing a small section of a scene, the photographer can force the viewer to see things that may have normally gone unnoticed. The camera can also freeze time in a photograph, revealing details of moving objects that cannot normally be seen with the naked eye.

One of the most important things to remember is that is that your eye has to filter out the parts of a scene that do not interest you. But in a photograph, the photographer filters the scene with the viewfinder before the picture is taken. It is up to you, the photographer, to see the picture and to discriminate and direct the camera so that worthwhile images are selected.

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