Is Photography an Art?

by ASHLEY BEAL

Staff Writer

DSC_0498“Photography is an art of observation, it’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. It has little to do with the things you see, and everything to do with how you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt

Many people see photography as portraits, pictures of food, dogs, or even cats. Photography is so much more than that; it is showing an artist’s perspective on the world. Photography is a unique way to show the other side of something. Just like writing, you are expressing yourself and how you feel that day. The best part about Photography is you can choose who and what your subject is; we can also show the little things that always somehow show up in day-to-day life. How your pictures look depend on so many things; to get that one perfect shot, most would normally take one-hundred shots just to achieve it. Your photo has so many aspects, such as composition, lighting, setting, staging, shutter speed, and aperture. So many people believe you take one shot, a quick focus and snap, but it is not true. To me, photography is an art because people spend so much time and effort in just getting one picture. Never underestimate the ability of a photographer. Trust what they are doing with the camera; they most likely know more than you.

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