Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
Rodney Smith: The whole process of making this picture may be one or two rolls of film, and then I am done. I mean, I am not the person who would labor things; once I get it, I am on to the next thing. I know this is maybe not the best example of how spontaneous I am, but I am really spontaneous. Pictures that people look at and regard as totally composed and well thought out in advance are actually created ten seconds before the picture was even thought about.
Chris Orwig: I like that comment. The photographs, they see informal, and they do, don't they? Especially these here. Yet they happen quickly. Well, how is that? One of the things I have discovered is that artists, they have opinions. They have taste. They have style. They are tuned into details that the rest of us overlook. It's almost like a musician, say a cellist. She can hear when one of those strings is out of tune. Or take that same musician.
When she looks at sheet music, what we see are all the scribbles and circles and lines, and what she sees is order, melody, and harmony. And by being tuned to those details, an artist can be nimble, spontaneous, agile. They can create things quickly. You know, part of our task as a photographer is to pay attention to those details and to respond to them. I like how the photographer Elliott Erwitt puts it. He says, "To me, photography is about the art of observation.
It's about finding something interesting in the ordinary." And he goes on to say that it has a little to do with the things that we see and everything to do with the way that we see them.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
164 Video lessons · 48279 Viewers
64 Video lessons · 84241 Viewers
86 Video lessons · 54164 Viewers
148 Video lessons · 91064 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.
Your file was successfully uploaded.