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Does knowing how to draw will improve your photography?

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Oct 22, 2012 07:24 |  #1

Hi everyone, what is your opinion regarding the title?

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Oct 22, 2012 08:46 |  #2

I learned early that I can't draw, which is why I take pictures. ; )

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Oct 22, 2012 09:09 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #3

I don't think people with an artistic bent take pictures that are necessarily better technically, but may have an edge in thinking more abstractly, or "out of the box," and might possibly have more of a clue about the use of light and color, and even composition. All right-side-of-the-brain stuff.


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Oct 22, 2012 09:18 |  #4

A great book to help understanding creativity and helping you with your own creative process. …e+right+side+of​+the+brain (external link)

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Oct 22, 2012 09:26 as a reply to  @ airfrogusmc's post |  #5
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Drawing has some advantages if you know how to draw. Your visions aren't restricted by what are apparent or available in the real world. You can literally actualize your visions on the canvass. With photography, you can't actualize whatever visions you have without needing to have "something" existed in the real world. You can craft your visions first in the real world and to photograph it later.

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Oct 22, 2012 09:41 |  #6

I think it could help with composition and knowing what kind if framings are visually pleasing; but I don't know that it would be big boost, as the mediums used and techniques for getting those looks are totally different.

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Oct 22, 2012 09:50 |  #7
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I can't draw for toffees, but can take good photos, but whether people find them good is another matter

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Oct 22, 2012 09:52 |  #8

I wish I could draw. Then I could storyboard my ideas to others involved. Stick figures don't convey much.

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Oct 22, 2012 09:54 |  #9

I cant draw, but love art and have studied art for as long as I can remember. I think if you have a solid understanding and appreciation of art you have a slight advantage when it comes to knowing how to compose and looking outside the box for shots...

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Oct 22, 2012 10:17 |  #10

airfrogusmc wrote in post #15153677 (external link)
A great book to help understanding creativity and helping you with your own creative process. …e+right+side+of​+the+brain (external link)

+1 on this. See if your library has this one

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Oct 22, 2012 10:47 |  #11

+1 on the above comments.

"Drawing" is an interesting book. I recently started an experiment shooting every morning with my left eye only using my "meh quality" camera phone. It does seem to provoke a different creative process, I'm kind of excited to see where it leads.

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Oct 22, 2012 11:15 |  #12

I am no artist, but I will often sketch out on paper ideas I have for a shoot. This helps me by "cementing" my vision for an image, which then helps me when I create the set-up. So in an indirect way, I suppose that drawing does, on rare occasions, improve my photography.

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Oct 22, 2012 11:59 |  #13

i think it helped me some. but i consider the desire to want to draw better and bringing that desire to photography thats the real force in improvement, in my opinion of course.

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Oct 22, 2012 12:59 |  #14

Maybe. I think any creative outlet can help another one.
I was a musician before I became passionate about photographer. I truly believe that has helped me creatively and also how I approach photography.

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Oct 22, 2012 13:33 as a reply to  @ nicksan's post |  #15

I don't think that it has helped me hardly at all, I also don't think that it has hurt me either. :) I know many photographers that literally blow me away as a photographer, (I'm not a professional one) and they can't draw. I still had to learn the Rule of Thirds, it didn't come to me magically, I do know color and the color wheel, but that can only help a little, at least for me. Even if I do envision a perfect shot, it rarely helps me, because I mainly shoot birds, so seeing it beforehand hasn't help me that I am aware of. (I have not thought about it honestly even when I take landscapes either) It has however made it a LOT easier for me to use Photoshop, which I used to do professionally, but then again, I know many people that do Photoshop professionally that can't draw, or take good photographs. I believe that taking a good photograph can be learned without any drawing skills at all, but, drawing can be learned without have any natural ability too. For me, in Photoshop, if I can imagine it, I can make it happen on the image, so that's where it can help me, if something's blocking any part of the image, I can recreate it with no problem. That's not exactly the same, but it kind'a is. :)

I don't know what that says, but it can, or not, it really depends on the person, and how they see things, and how serious they are about any of it.

The answer really comes back to, it really doesn't hurt you if you know how to draw. :)


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