A couple of weeks ago, I hinted at taking a new college course in photography. While auditing college courses is not new for me, each time I sit in the classroom with students 15 years my junior, I always feel a sense of nervousness and timidity. Sitting in courses like, “The American Presidency in the 21st Century” and “Homeland Security and Emergency Response after 9-11,” are comfortable places for me. I can understand concepts that professors convey in the classroom without worry or concern.
But when it comes to technology and finding an aesthetic eye, that’s when I realize my area of expertise, dwindles. For example, Computer Science 100 (CS 100) was the kind of course that made me feel like a dinosaur, antiquated and ill-prepared in the realm of computers.
If I could describe what I experienced in CS 100 to Photography 100 in the form of a poorly written SAT verbal analogy question, what would be your answer to this multiple choice question?
COMPUTER SCIENCE 100 (CS 100) : SLEEPLESS NIGHTS ::
A) PHOTOGRAPHY 100 : STRESS
B) PHOTOGRAPHY 100 : SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
C) PHOTOGRAPHY 100 : HAPPY FACE
There’s no question or doubt that I learned a tremendous amount in CS 100, and I am not saying that because I knew less than 1% of the things I learned before taking the course. I struggled so much to understand the basics of computer programming that I learned to appreciate the complexities, beauty, and freedom to create a beautiful website/blog from one’s imagination – just not with my computer skills. Perhaps, I will learn along the way and create a decent, semi-pleasing blog, if you’ll continue to read through the years.
But after blogging for more than a year, I understood how much I lacked in my ability to produce aesthetically pleasing photos to capture the attention of current and future readers. If my SAT analogy is any indication of how this semester will go, then I imagine the answer will be D) ALL OF THE ABOVE. The self-induced stress to seek perfection in my work, sleepless nights to dream of better ways to improve, and the smile on my face when I am able to capture a precious and sacred moment between my boys playing together will be worth it.
In fact, during my first official photography class, it was like my vision came into focus. No longer was I looking at two blurry objects, but one clearly framed subject into something so basic as depth of focus and timing in relation to light.
I hope you continue along with me as I journey through life as a non-traditional student in photography. Thanks for reading!
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