By CELINA ARZOLA
Photography can be described in one word: vision.You can call it vision, imagination, or seeing; it all comes down to the same thing: the ability to envision a final result in your mind’s eye and then make it a reality with your tools at hand. Photography renders imagination in a tangible form, creating a technically passable, sharp, and well-exposed image. Through photographs, we preserve history, evoking the essence of places we have not been, we may not return to, and should never forget.
Superior photographs come from photographers who know how his or her camera functions. A skilled photographer will take the time to read the manual and familiarize themselves with everything that camera can do and not do. After all, if you don’t know what your camera can do, then how can you use it?
Originally, all photography was monochrome, or black and white. Even after color film was available, black and white photography continued to dominate for decades, due to its lower cost and its “classic” photographic look. The tones and contrast between light and dark areas define black and white photography.
Color photography was explored beginning in the 1840’s and became permanent in 1861 using the three-color-separation principle, first published by Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell in 1855. Early experiments in color required extremely long exposures (hours or days for camera images) and could not “fix” the photograph to prevent the color from quickly fading when exposed to white light. The foundation of virtually all practical color processes, Maxwell’s idea was to take three separate black and white photographs through red, green, and blue filters.
Photography connects people – through interests, locations, and cultures. It spans time and distance as a bridge between worlds. Photographs are visual artwork. They take something ordinary and elevate it to a position of honor.