Is it Art or is it Science?

Photography means different things to people.

Art, according to the Oxford dictionary, is "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power."

Science, on the other hand is "the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment."

There are a few key words in both of those definitions. Could we say that photography is an intellectual and practical activity that produces works to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power? If you agree with that, then photography is both Art and Science.

Everyone has a camera these days and there are gazillions of photos as a result of a lot of practical activity with those cameras. But, the vast majority of these photos lack beauty or emotional connection. They are just boring and meaningless. Why is that?

Yes, you're right. The missing key word: the photos are missing the intellectual component of their practical creation, thus upsetting the balance.

In this series I will explore with you what it takes to make photographs that inspire others with an emotional response, taking into account the thought that goes into the creation as well as the hands-on clicking of the shutter. So we'll we cover the equipment and how to use it, and factors to compose for effect. Topic categories might include Exposure, Composition, Equipment, Technique and what happens After the Shot.

There is a lot of ground to cover, so get your camera ready: batteries charged, memory cards cleared and lets go...