A Photographer's Journal

Rita Spiegel is an Oceanside-based portrait and pet photographer. Photographs not only to document our lives, but also tell a story. They bring back memories at a glance. Click here to get back to the main website: www.RitaSpiegel.com or Rita@RitaSpiegel.com. I invite you to look through my portfolios and I hope you enjoy my images.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011 Photo Diary

I was working on yesterday's image, but my blog was not helping me.  So ... this is about 12 hours late. I'm not including a photo for today's diary, but rather a book recommendation.

I've been an artist my entire life. I was drawing and painting before I could read or write. My life as a photographer began at the age of eight. I continue learn and study the arts. Note ... if you work with any professional (no matter what the industry), who never continues to learn their craft, then I say "danger Will Robinson, danger! We can become old and stale when learning ends.

Many people tell me that photography in the day of "digital" and immediate response is just "clicking" a button. But many aren't professional photographers or they haven't put the time into learning their craft. I've work hard to explain to people that photographers are artists. Photography requires time to not only to learn their craft, but create art. Photographs connect with people. They speak to the viewer. Almost anyone can learn the "techniques" of photography, but an artist sees her (or his) vision and uses a camera to share that with the world and the viewer.

The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum expresses exactly what I believe and explains it so much better that I can. I'm enjoying reading every page. I'm very proud of my photographs. I wouldn't showcase them if I didn't. But in reading this book, it really has encourage me to expand my views and continue helping other people come to realize that photographers are artists. 

I'm passionate about my photography and enjoy learning and expanding my art. and how it demonstrates the artist that is part of all my work. 

I encourage anyone interested in photography to read this book. It's very enlightening and even if you aren't a photographer, you will get a new idea about the art that goes behind the lens.  

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