Seeing as the Camera

What’s been important to my development as a photographer and to many of the students that I’ve taught is understanding that we need to make the camera a seamless extension of our eyes. The more I was preoccupied or frustrated by the camera itself, the less I was able to see through it and capture the photograph that I was inspired to make. The better I understood my camera, its features, and its settings, the better able I was to express myself as an artist with a camera.

The mechanics of anticipation

When I saw this girl standing outside of a church in Guadalajara, I knew I had a photograph. Her small size and youth stood in stark contrast to the large and aged church. I wasn’t just seeing a pretty little girl—I was seeing ...

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