Technique and Good Technique: An Affair of the Heart

To use a musical analogy, technique is what allows you to play all the right notes, and good technique is what allows you to play music. It is the same in photography—technique is the pursuit of competence, while good technique is the pursuit of expression. Technique is not about technique—technique is about having enough command over your materials so they are capable of expressing what you are capable of feeling.

The artists’ hard won knowledge of, and command of the materials of art has been passed down from hand to hand, down the great chain of artistic being from the caves of Lascaux and the Dordogne, to the jury-rigged darkrooms of today because every artist knows in ...

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