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I struggle with the How vs. Why debate going on here. My issue is that I started with photography in the mid-80s and worked as an editor/reporter/writer/photographer for a lot of newspapers between 1985-97. We were taught to shoot things straight, no artistic nothing, no creative nothing, no photoshopping nothing (creatively). You got it right in the camera, you shot the truth of what was happening, and that was it. Maybe a little dodging and burning, that was it.
Yet I'm a creative, artistic soul -- and when I see really cool shots, I think, "Wow! I wanna do that!" The series of foreground blurs that Inku posted on that other "How" series was inspiring -- and to think of what he was using to create those blurs, amazing! I can't wait for my next wedding next Friday and Saturday to have a little fun with that. Why? Cuz it's cool, artistic, creative.
And here's the deal. I think all of us are proud of the work we create, and for the most part when people want to know how we created a shot, we want to share our knowledge with them. If you're me, it doesn't happen very often so it's like someone asking for my autograph. If you're Hoffer, it happens a lot. So there's no comparison between a hack like me and a Hoffer. For a moment in time, once or twice a year, I get to feel like a photography rock star. But the real rock stars deal with it on a daily basis. But this issue isn't about rock star status, the essential part is how one really goes about learning his/her craft of photography. The problem is that some of us need to get hit in the head a lot harder than others to open our minds in how a shot was achieved. Once we have a sense of it, it opens our minds to all sorts of new possibilities. So while Inku gave away his secret of how on his foreground blurs, at least in my case, his disclosure actually set my mind off and running, racing, seeing things I haven't seen before -- or in ways I haven't seen them before. And to me, that's the beauty of sharing the How. But I think different people will do different things with that knowledge of How. Some will mindlessly try to replicate the shot without adding their own imagination, or their own Why. And that's where things go wrong.