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Right Brain -v- Left Brain

23 Feb 2012 9:39AM
I've been wondering something lately.

My photography isn't very good, and when I look at some pf's on here it blows my mind how creative and talented a lot of photographers are.

I'm a very logical Left Brain person as opposed to a creative Right Brain Person.

Do you think Right Brainers make better photographers?

Maybe this is why my shots are c**p!

I can design a crackin' Excel Spreadsheet though!!!!



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NEWDIGIT 6 401 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2012 10:04AM
Lucky B*****d at least you have a brain
23 Feb 2012 10:06AM
Yes....it's "pea sized"
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2012 10:14AM
Hi Elaine,

Totally agree - my excel spreadsheets are great but my appreciation of the artistic is sadly lacking sometimes.

To counter that I'm now reading art books and thinking about composition much much more, i can build and deconstruct a shot but i'm not yet easily able to image and compose.

Keep up your right brain exercises Smile

pabloisme 7 566 England
23 Feb 2012 10:16AM
Elaine: its just you need to make more mistakes....we all do well! possibly just take more pix and the formula is

more pix = more mistakes / good pix (*edit / crop) *dont listen to others / look at the greats = happiness

not sure IF it will fit on excel though!

;-0 sarcasm from a geordie boy!
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
23 Feb 2012 10:42AM
Looking at pictures from 'the greats' is good as is making a lot of mistakes. What you need to do is spend a bit of time analysing great images to see what makes them tick as well as taking a cold, hard look at your own stuff (including your best) and asking yourself how you can make it better.

BTW, this process never stops.... Wink
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2012 11:09AM
Being too analytical can definitely hinder some forms of photography. For example I will often be on a walk with the dogs and see a pattern in the leaves which will make me stop; I then think 'is it worth taking' and by the time I have humm'ed and ha'ed the moment is gone or I end up not taking it - then I see someone else with a similar photo and think 'boy, that's good' Tongue.
I guess some photography are suited to very analytical personalities such as still life, macro etc and I find I am very interested in abstract subjects like patterns etc rather than 'telling a story' which (in my mind) requires more creativity and viewer engagement.

Speaking for myself, the over-analysis often comes with feeling in control and some caution as a result of 'not being sure'. When I am going through one of my more intense photo periods I become more comfortable and the over-analysis gradually drops off and spontenaiety starts to creep in.
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
23 Feb 2012 11:24AM
Photograph anything that makes you stop and look...If it catches your attention and causes you to pause for a while its worth shooting.
MeanGreeny 12 3.7k England
23 Feb 2012 11:25AM
If you think you can be over analytical, take a look at Gregory Crewdson's work.

I'd guess that the reason someone doesn't take a picture isn't over analysis - but lack of vision.

There's always a picture in there somewhere we just can't fully see it and we move on after stopping, pausing, reflecting and looking - but not being convinced.

Let's not flatter ourselves that we're too cerebral by calling it over-analysis. I think it's a different, more fundamental shortcoming.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
23 Feb 2012 11:43AM
I'm about average with "XL", I guess but I'm much more of a whizz using "Publisher."
To the point where I've found it lacking and much prefer Serif's "PagePlus" version which is considerably more complicated.
Regarding photography, I'm something of an opportunist.
I "see" photographs everywhere and take shots of anything that catches my eye. I've been doing it for decades yet I've never found a specific type or genre that has particular appeal.
Also, I have a flagrant disregard for the supposed "rules of composition" and although I 'm sure I apply some of them because I think a shot looks better a certain way, I never deliberately use any of them.
I don't think I ever really analyse any of my work. Either I like it or I don't. I don't concern myself much with why I do or don't like it.

What does all of that tell you about my brain . . .?
pabloisme 7 566 England
23 Feb 2012 12:22PM

Quote:Looking at pictures from 'the greats' is good as is making a lot of mistakes.

wrongly worded?

sadly you have to admit when you are wrong YOU are wrong?
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
23 Feb 2012 1:03PM
OK, I should have qualified that by writing '...as is making a lot of mistakes and analysing where you went wrong...'

I thought the qualification was implicit. That's where I was wrong.
23 Feb 2012 6:05PM

Quote:more pix = more mistakes / good pix (*edit / crop) *dont listen to others / look at the greats = happiness

not sure IF it will fit on excel though!

Thanks for your formula for success Pablo - I think I'll avoid applying it in my job though!!


Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
24 Feb 2012 1:25AM
That's cool...maybe you could work on it more and get into macro photography Wink Tongue Smile
pabloisme 7 566 England
24 Feb 2012 8:51AM
NO silly it's justa formula

you just did what most did and cut/paste silly billy!

you need to input the names of greats, style of photographer, editing suite etc.

BUT REMEMBER the camera HAS NOTHING TO DO with pictures!

(wonder who is the first to shoot at me? mmm?)

wot are you like?

seriously what style / genre do you want to emulate first?

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