The technical and the artistic


Article Excerpt: “The differences between the technical and artistic photographer can be explained in terms of cerebral lateralization – what the popular press often describes as “left versus right brain.” The left side of the cerebral cortex tends to involve thinking that is more logical, analytical, objective, sequential, detail-oriented, concerned with reality, and focused on language, facts, patterns, and order. The right side involves thinking that is visual, emotional, subjective, intuitive, spatial, holistic, and based on symbols, metaphors, and imagination…What’s interesting about photography is how it calls for a robust engagement of both sides of the brain…most photography will require us to draw on the visual thinking of the right brain while also employing the left brain to master the technical aspects of working the camera and processing the image. To produce good photos, technical photographers will need to draw on a right brain appreciation of visual design and composition, whereas artistic photographers will need to tap left brain thinking in order to learn the tools of the trade that help them actualize their artistic visions.”~John Suler on Technical and Artistic Photographers from his article series Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche


6 responses

  1. great post! thanks for sharing, & that shot is amazing.

    February 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

    • Junsjazz

      Much thanks Caroline!

      February 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

  2. I don’t have a clue whether I’m engaging my left or right, I just do.
    However, I would support enriching both aspects – technical (understand/learn what you are doing or need to do) – artistic, broaden your appreciation of art/music/literature (actively look at others work, listen and read).

    February 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

    • Junsjazz

      Right on Stephen! We need both left and right, its a balance of knowing the technical and the artistic/creative, and that’s how we learn and enjoy photography. Thanks!

      February 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

  3. Excellent post! Thanks! I’m looking forward to reading his articles.

    February 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks Jackie! The article by John Suler is very enlightening, a must read.

      February 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

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