Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/04

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Subject: Re: Light, Eyes, Action
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 14:58:55 -0800

At 06:51 PM 11/3/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Hi Jorg and Kati,
>Jorg it is very simple after you learn the basics of picture taking in
>relation to people: Light -- eyes -- action of subject. Light being the
>most important, as that is the motivating factor that we see on the
>subject. Action because that is a motion that catches our eyes to something
>happening and what the eyes of the subject are illustrating.
>The light is an easy rule to learn and see, "Shoot from the shadow side!"
>That is rule number one!  And if you watch for that in all your picture
>taking you'll find it works about 99.99999999999% of the time for an
>effective photograph.
>When you are using your eyes and you "feel something" that's when you press
>the button! You heard me say. "I'm not technically minded or driven in how
>I take my pictures." The truth is, experience creates the technical part
>without me even knowing it's happening, but it is the "feeling" of what I
>see, that drives me to press the button. There really aren't any recipes or
>rules that one can learn  beyond what I said earlier,  "Light -- Eyes --
>Once you start to see these elements, whether you are taking pictures or
>not, then your pictures will get better because your experience of seeing
>things will make you a better photographer.
>Takes time Jorg, just work at it and soon it'll be happening without you
>even knowing you're doing it! :)
>kind regards,



This is one of the most profound synopses on seeing and making a
photographic image I've ever read. LUGgers should print-out Ted's original
post (not this cut-up version) and commit it to memory. You should have it as:

Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 18:51:15 -0500
From: ted grant <>
Subject: I respectfully disagree with Ted ;-)

Thanks Ted,