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Dave Seeram is the Editor of PhotographyBB Magazine, photographer, Canucks fan, Lostie,  fanboy, Dad, blogger, entrepreneur, and part-time superhero. Dave is the owner of this blog, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the PhotographyBB Magazine and CLARITY: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE CAMERA
11 Responses
  1. I want it know it all. The How & the Why. But if I had to choose one, I’d pick the How first. I am a complete beginner. I’ve had my camera since December & I have yet to make myself learn more about it. Been browsing a lot of photography sites tho. Maybe too much. I should be using that time to learn my camera. I guess it’s coz I want to know it all & I want to know it all now. Which really isn’t possible. Learning takes time.

  2. Metatron

    Clearly it’s the How. Photography is just my hobby, but I`m taking it pretty seriously and I don’t want to get upset, because I got that nice shot and it would need that effect, but I just wouldn’t know, how to get it right. That’s why it’s important to me to learn all the techniques I can, even the ones, that seem to be useful only for teen girls 😉

  3. I have always favored the why. How tends to be limited to a specific, say a camera model where why can be transfered from camera to camera. It does not matter if its digital, film (yes, there are still some of us out there that use film) or medium format film.

    One piece of advice I give new photographers or even advanced hobbiest, shoot in manual model with manual focus. You will really understand how a picture is done without resorting to presets for landscapes, portraits, earthquakes and what ever else is now being pack into a camera. After all, it all comes down to light, how to use it and how to manipulate it, composition, where the focus of the eye goes and how it gets there, and patience, take the time to get the couple of real good shots instead of filling a card up with shots of the sunset to get the “one you wanted”.

    Once you know the basics, getting effects, the how, is easier to understand and be able to adapt to other situations – fireworks reflected in water, a flower blossom under water, mist on a landscape, etc.

    End of soapbox 🙂

  4. tmt

    I think the “why” is more important because the how cannot be applied to every gear. So if I took a pic in a theatre with an f/2.8 tele and with iso 800+, then the how is pretty clear, you can’t stop the lens down to, like f/16, because you won’t catch a single photon 🙂 But if you know the “why”, you will (nearly) automatically get the “how”, or you can come up with some new ideas to play with.

  5. Philip Procter

    Even if someone were to tell my how, the first thing I’d want to know is ‘why’. Typically, if I see a picture with an idea or style that catches my eye, I may never be able to duplicate the picture but I want to know how to recreate whatever special thing it was that caught my eye.

  6. Flacker

    I think I agree with Frances. I want to know “why” first so that the follow-up “how” makes sense.

    One of my favorite tasks in a recent photo class was when the professor showed the class a set of flawed photos (too dark, blurry, weak composition, etc.). The students then had to explain why the error happened and how to correct it. It was a great learning exercise.

  7. debeesantosh

    Both are equally required First why and then how.
    I can see the discussion threda, but where is the link to document/article that will cater Why and how?
    The author need to provide a link on top of the thread so that we can access Why and How articles.


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