foregoing cactus [deleted] 11:12am, 10 April 2008
I often find myself looking at familiar scenes or objects and seeing them in different ways if I switch my mind into "camera-mode". Shapes, forms, colours - all seem to look different if I approach them from the perspective of "what makes a good picture?".

Does photography make us see the world anew or am I totally weird?
energetic button [deleted] 10 years ago
I would have to say, yes it has.
gigantic rock [deleted] 10 years ago
Of course! I recently read in a Diane Arbus biography that photographers (and artists) "collect" images in their mind for future reference. With that in mind, how can we not see the world differently?
MOD
Absolutely! I left photography for a while and when I came back to it (going digital) I started to look at the same things I had seen everyday and thinking "How could I frame this for an interesting photo?". Every morning on my drive in to work I'm looking for new photo opportunities. I now carry a camera with me everywhere I go, so I won't miss a chance for that image that we all have said, if I only had my camera.
MOD
revonthego 10 years ago
Yes, I notice the "little" things more . . .
Of course, how could it not? I have even found myself distracted at work when I noticed the catch lights in the eyes of the person I'm talking to.

I wouldn't have it any other way though.
quizzical twist [deleted] 10 years ago
I do the same (take my camera everywhere) and I totally agree, I cache memories and images and places hoping to return and take the photo I want.
dark soup [deleted] 10 years ago
Without a doubt. I find myself cropping (for composition) everything I see. Scenes on TV, conversations with people, etc. Just the simple act of riding in a car is like looking through a viewfinder.
rosalee3 Posted 10 years ago. Edited by rosalee3 (member) 10 years ago
Yes, definitely, I notice things more. I check out everything no matter where I am to see if I can get that great shot. I must say it's annoying for the people I'm with, they say...Rose we can't get through to you anymore,. But I'm obsessed, I love it...
vt335 10 years ago
I agree with all of the above. I tried to come up with something to add but everyone else had said it already.


Vergil
cuulblu 10 years ago
I agree. I particularly notice vibrant or unusual colors.
tonyadcockphotos PRO 10 years ago
I see everything as a potential photo now. and I also find myself pulling off the highway very often for a shot. I also find that I can spot wildlife as well as a seasoned hunter. I realize that an object that is common and boring as a whole can be very interesting when a small part of it is isolated in a photo. to make a short answer long, yes.
poppaJ 10 years ago
yes, I've always looked for interesting things. but with the digital age I've become a more active shooter and now I not only look for the details but I'm always looking for the light.
bealahoz 10 years ago
Yes it has. I always bring my camera with me everywhere now. I don't want to end up smacking myself if I see something and I don't have it. It can get rather overwhelming especially for a newbie like me. I'm always looking for something to take shots of. It gets to the point that I'm looking at so many things it can lead to brain overload. Now I'm trying focusing on one thing at a time. I'll go out one day just for portraits another just for buildings. Stuff like that. But if something nice comes up and even though it's not the theme for the day I'll still shoot it though. :)
vidular PRO 10 years ago
Yes, most definitely. I am more aware of my visual field, what I see and how it looks. Instead of passively accepting what I see, I now find myself thinking what I need to do in order to get a good photograph. It has also change what I think a good photograph is and am much more self-critical about my images. I love to learn, it is a life-time thing for me and photography is helping to fulfill that desire.
Aperture Image.com 10 years ago
Most definately.
bybridges PRO 10 years ago
YES!
jatamaniuk 10 years ago
Because I have the worst memory in the world, I cannot say for certain, but for me having studied some form of either artistry (for school purposes) or photography (at work) for the better part of 5 years, I'd say it definitely does make a difference. I see everything differently. I pick up on the emotion of a face more quickly (saved my behind a couple times on that one), I start trying to imagine things at another angle.

Now it just has to start showing up in my photography haha
_ARSH_ 10 years ago
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera". Dorothea Lange

So, yes!
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera". Dorothea Lange

So true, I can't remember how I used to look at the world. I don't carry a camera all the time but now see different ways of looking at the same subject.
six middle [deleted] 10 years ago
Abosultely. I'll be driving by the most random place and think, "Darn, I wish I could stop and take a picture or 30..." or "Hm, this would be a great spot for a photoshoot.!" or even, "If I shot just the edge of this but still got this I'd have a great natural frame..."
reekon 10 years ago
What I have notice is I can see light much better now, Or should I say the absence of light.
I notice shadows more, I'm always framing things out, I am always looking for the shot.

Photography has my mind so screwed up when ever I step into a new room or environment I find my self subconsciously saying in my head what shutter speed I need to shoot in.

I sometimes feel bad for other people in the world who don't have that photographic eye, they walk around this world daily with blinders on and may never see the true beauty in everyday objects like we do.
M_Is_For_Movie? 10 years ago
Since I joined a 365 group, I am always looking for something different to photograph. I find I do look at everyday things in a different way.
As frustrating as it is, it is also very cool.
Starting to love my camera ....
mollyjolly 10 years ago
Of course. It's really helped me practice how to see the same subject from a different angle or perspective.

Wolf, I think your referral to the artists and/or photographers collecting visual images is very interesting. Went on Sunday to the Cincinnati Art Museum to hear a lecture on Rembrandt. The guy from NY Metropolitan Museum used almost these same words about Rembrandt; it was fantastic to get a glimpse into how a visual virtuoso sees the world. This image-collecting idea has been running through my head ever since.
jPhoto2008 10 years ago
I notice what ever I have photographed more. I see great shots and composition in movies and TV. The great thing about digital is that it allows you to shoot, edit and understand your style and a faster pace.
MOD
SincereImagePhoto 10 years ago
I would have to say most definitely. As I shoot more with my camera I see things and how interesting they are, I also look at what kinds of composition I could use to get even more interest from the shot or objects. It does make me realize how many more lenses I would like to buy but that will have to wait till next years bonus to stock up on the additional gear. I constantly see things and wonder how they would look under different lighting, angles, focal lengths etc. I think photography can also work the other way to see a part of the world we normally don't look at, especially with the use of macro lenses. With that it is time to go shopping.
Duffy Designs PRO 10 years ago
Oh yes. I'll never forget seeing a huge yellow Caterpillar machine on a wide swath of red clay surrounded by big evergreens. I hope I'll have my camera next time I see something like that.
Julie70 Joyoflife PRO 10 years ago
Whatever means "see the world" I do not know, but it has changed a lot how I see things around me, how I look. And I look more and closer. I also meet more people, talk to more. So it has probably even changed me!

And as exemple, todays photo: a poppy macro. Until I did not come home and looked it in big size, I even did not see what the camera had seen and me not before!
It speaks to me
But the World did not change, with my photography, perhaps it did expend seeing yours on flickr, from all over the world.
+?+ 10 years ago
I've always had quick eyes and observation skills, when my father gave me a camera for the first time, I had to think more about what I see around me and how it affects the shot. Though I haven't improved much since the day I received the camera, I still tried to see the little things make a lot of difference.

One thing I know for sure, I've stopped saying my mind and thinking it through with my photos and hopefully it will help control my voice one day.
matt_cinque 10 years ago
for sure,

i started off doing 3d modeling and rendering and that gave me a good idea of the way light works and behaves, im constantly looking at different surfaces and noting the way light interacts with it

recently i started photography and its doing the same things to me, i can relate my own eye to the parts of a camera and im seeing shots everywhere i go
DaylandS 10 years ago
I see great photographs everywhere, but I have not quite acquired the skill to bring them to fruition. But I keep trying. I also notice composition when watching TV or movies. The John Adams series on HBO for example had some scenes that were art like in their composition. I may not have noticed that if not for so much time behind my camera and on Flickr.
Denise ~*~ 10 years ago
Most definately. Photography has taught me to notice the little details in life that I wouldn't have necessarily noticed before. It's opened my eyes in more ways than one, now I look for, and actually find beauty everywhere.

I am in the same boat as DaylandS, I see beauty/great photographs everywhere, I'm just not able to capture them the way I would like to YET. I'm very thankful I have found photography, even in my humble beginning it has changed my perspective. =)
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