This year the National Picasso Museum was reopened in Paris. I wandered through the exhibits, but I was most impacted by Picasso’s chair, his paint brushes and accessories. It made me think a lot about my transition in photography from film to digital.
A painter spends considerable time creating his vision. Each part of the process, from colors to composition must be carefully thought out as making mistakes are very difficult to unwind.
I was 13 years old, when I bought my first SLR film camera. I was desperate to experiment. Yet every time I pressed the shutter button, it meant $.25 to me. It forced me to be as calculating as possible.
When people see me shoot, they oooh and ahhh what camera do you have? I always say the same thing. The best camera in the world cannot tell you how to compose an image and have the end result come out as you desire.
With the advent of smartphones and filters, people just take a bunch of images, slap some filters on them and call it a day. When in fact, if in their mind they can think like Picasso, and be more deliberate or think of me as a child, paying for each shutter release, you will find your images will greatly improve. Change your angle, your position, step back and get the photo as right as possible in camera.
As cool as digital photography is, the more we study from the masters in painting, who had a fraction of the tools we have, the better the photographer we will all be.
If you plan on visiting the Museum, buy your tickets in advance online or be prepared to spend many hours in line