I admit that I teeter between the two. I make notes about my shoots after I have them, and I make “to do” notes before. When I actually go out and shoot - my “to do” notes usually gets “filed” by what’s in the moment. Life is unpredictable as is lighting, as is time, and people.
I think that rules are only good in the early learning photographic process. I shoot film, and I know how different lighting affects different film. I remember the first summer after I began using infrared film I walked the city with new eyes. I had learned that the gorgeous blue skies would become black, and with a long exposure the white clouds would produce an incredible painting effect, and ultimately my city would take on an ethereal feel.
I think that this level of knowledge is necessary and that rules apply. I think that as photographers we are always interpreting what we see. I feel that it is completely disposable when someone put the breaks on creativity by hyping their personal preferences (constipation) in the guise of actual knowledge. I look, I learn, but I only listen to my internal dialog; I live honestly by making original mistakes.
I won’t say that I’m addicted to my new Holga fisheye lens, but I’m addicted to my new Holga fisheye lens. It has become my tool of choice, and I’m learning how to angle, and level it to make really creative images. I’m also having fun – the I can’t wait to see what I shot level is at 10. I’m using my fisheye, I’m using my DIY filters (no stockings yet) and everything is working creatively.
Subjective [suh b-jek-tiv] existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought.