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Photography Friday: Artist vs. Scientist

September 7, 2012

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I underexposed this shot in camera so I wouldn’t lose too much of the details in Christine’s veil but I knew I would be upping the exposure level in editing to get a dreamier look.

I recently read a very interesting article on Photofocus about how the perfect exposure isn’t always the right exposure which led to the statement that photographers land in 2 categories: artist and scientist (left brain and right brain).

[blockquote cite=”” ]Think about getting the exposure the way YOU want it – not the way the camera wants it. That’s the difference between taking a picture and making a picture.[/blockquote]

I’ve had many discussions with other photographers about this especially since we all have differing views on what’s “right” and “wrong”. But perhaps discussions like this are pointless because photography isn’t black and white but many shades of gray (literally and figuratively).

I feel I lean more towards the artistic side of things. But then I can get caught up in the technical side. I rarely expose my photos “correctly” – I will either underexpose or overexpose slightly depending on the look I want to achieve. This drives the “scientists” crazy but you know what? Who cares. Maybe it drives me crazy that their photo could look a bit dreamier if overexposed or more dramatic underexposed. To each their own.

I don’t feel one is better than the other. Definitely not. And just as left brainers and right brainers, introverts and extroverts, and men and women can happily coexist together, so can photographers. In the end, we can all learn something from each other.

And now I’m curious…which one are you? Artist or Scientist?

P.S. Just a reminder that my anniversary special is only until the end of this month. Click here for details. :)

P.P.S. Christine and David’s full wedding will be posted next week!

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