In this chapter, we're going to be talking about burning and dodging or darkening and brightening our photographs. And as we do this in Photoshop, I think it's helpful to keep in mind that what we're doing here is connected to a traditional technique that was previously done in the darkroom. And you know the work that you could do in the darkroom was fascinating. This was especially made known to me on one of my previous courses when we were in New York visiting with Rodney Smith, an amazing photographer. We went to the darkroom with his lead printer. She showed us how she prints his photographs and also how she burns and dodges and how she corrects those photographs and also how she adds drama to those pictures.
You know burning and dodging, it's an art and a craft. I like how John Szarkowski reflects on Ansel Adams in on his work. He said Ansel is a poet, and when you think about it, he said that Ansel like a poet had access to the same scenes that you and I have access to. We could go to Yosemite and take that same picture yet it would be different. And you know a poet, they use words. Words that are in a dictionary, that are alphabetized in a dictionary, yet what they do is they arrange those words in a sequence and it's the arrangement that somehow grips or captivates us, and that's what Ansel did with his photography.
He arranged those pictures by the way that he composed and also by the way that he worked on those images in the darkroom by burning and dodging those pictures he added so much drama. So, while we learn how to do this in Photoshop, keep in mind that while these techniques will be easy to pick up, really they're going to take a lifetime to master, because burning and dodging, it's an art and a craft.
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