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Defining your subject Quite often when we look at a photographic image we get  confused as to what the artist wanted us to see. This is at best a  twofold problem. One is the inherently indiscriminate way a camera  records what is in view. It sees and records everything with no regard  to color or tonal separation, composition, or even content. Without the  discriminating combination of the human eye and brain, there would  be little hope for this medium. Secondly, there is the more human  problem of not paying attention to the above, and all the other  elements of good photography that allow for communication with the  viewer. Sometimes it's because the photographer never even  considers that it requires thought and sometimes it's a simple lack of  training.  There are many ways to define a subject, some more subtle  than others, leaving more to the viewer's discretion rather than strictly  interpreting an image for us. That strict interpreting can be an insult to  our intelligence, overstating and leaving us no room for our own  experience and fantasy, like having words projected on a screen and  then read to us. Many really good, exciting images have several  points of interest, or subjects, or messages and meanings, but they're  designed so that we're lead to all of them. Those devices and  techniques that lead our eye to a particular part of a photo are 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course PGY 1401c taught by Professor Hale during the Spring '11 term at Santa Fe College.

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