I teach a photography 101 class through the local library in our city. I actually enjoy it. So do the attendees. Go figure.
I tell them I am not going to teach them everything they need to know about their cameras and all about the tech talk owners manuals stuff.
That, I remind them, will leave them way more confused then when they started.
What I do teach them is the basics of exposure, and we dig hard and deep into seeing light.
See, the way I see it, learning basics of ISO, aperture and shutter speeds, in other words, exposure, and learning how to see LIGHT, and understanding how composition works, are the most valuable and important foundations of what I remind them is, over and over, what photography is all about: Painting With Light.
And I drive the point home that it’s NOT the camera.
Case in point….Brian DeMint….that’s him in the image on the left. His story he’s told a million times, is that he bought a basic DSLR at the local Best Buy years ago and started his photography journey.
Hell, he didn’t even know the lens came off. And he’s never been too proud to admit that.
If you look closely at the image to the left you can see Brian’s light. A 12$ garage light from WalMart.
That, and his basic DSLR from Best Buy and he’s mastered some very creative images. See the two below.
Brian knows how to see. And he understands this at a deeper artistic level than most.
I want to be like Brian.
I always love telling my class the Brian Demint story. When I show the images (below) they literally roll back and go whoa! Point made.
That’s why I’ve host numerous webinars and live events where Brian taught us his deepest secrets to seeing.
That, and a seriously twisted offbeat sense of humor.
You can watch my first ever webinar with Brian HERE This is free to all. And it’s very good. Swear words and all.
If you’re a member of noBs photosuccess you can access many more presentations with Brian in the Creative Cross training series HERE
Here’s Brian live at the Nashville Inferno with Brian HERE with his 12 dollar light.
And here’s Brian live at the Toronto Inferno HERE again, with his Walmart lighting.
As I said…..it’s not the camera.
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