As I said in my previous article, Nature Photography Simplified blog is born based on the idea of simplicity. I wanted to make a blog that has every concept simplified to the best possible extent.
Last week we celebrated 5 fantastic quotes on simplicity and this week we will continue to the celebration with 5 more beautiful quotes.
Let us celebrate the simplicity today with these 5 fantastic quotes and see how these can be applied to photography.
“To complicate is easy. To simplify is difficult.” – Alyson Long
Isn’t it so true?
If you don’t believe it, try the following and let me know how it goes:
Try to tell a story about a movie you watched or a novel that you read to someone. Note down on the time it takes to tell them about it. Now try and reduce the time by half and yet convey the same meaning.
Continue the same exercise until you reach a point when there is no more reduction possible.
How much time does it take now to tell the same story?
10 minutes, 5 minutes, or 2 minutes!
It is called one-liner in terms of movies. When you want to pitch a movie to a busy producer you wouldn’t get more than a minute or two to convince him/her to put money in your idea. And this one-liner is the toughest for any scriptwriter to write!
You see…simplifying is not easy at all. But you might also realize that it is possible to tell the same story in as few words as possible.
This means that you should be able to convey a message with a photograph with just enough elements in it.
“Every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies.” ― Derek Landy
How true it is! Suppose you are trying to demystify a puzzle from hours, but think that it is impossible to solve it. Just then, someone else gives the solution which is obvious. Now all of a sudden, the puzzle which looked impossible seconds before is now dead easy to solve.
It is exactly the case in photography. When you are unable to get away with all those tricky exposure issues, you would think that it is impossible to solve them because you have to understand aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensations, filters, etc. etc. But then once you get hold of them, it becomes obvious.
What if there is someone who could cut the distance down to make your life easier? Isn’t it nice?
I know it is. That’s the reason my blog exist J, so does all the other blogs.
“A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace.” ― Confucius
Isn’t it very true? If Ansel Adams was going to every place on earth to make photographs, then we wouldn’t have had some of the greatest photographs of Yosemite National Park.
It was a commonplace for Ansel Adams too. He has spent countless number of years in Yosemite. He has set an example to the generation of photographers, how with patience, persistence, visualization, and technical abilities one can create wonders which no one had thought till then!
I always believe in making unique and rare photographs of commonplaces or species than to waste time dreaming of some unique or rare location or species that you might never go or see.
At the end of the day you are a photographer not a Guinness world record aspirant (If you are, then here is my apology).
You should always aspire to photograph rare species or rare places but that shouldn’t paralyze you.
“What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer. ” ― William Albert Allard
This quote has summarized it all very nicely. Everything I said till now were my desperate attempts to make this very point clear. See, how William Albert Allard has put it in very few words. He has simplified it indeed 🙂
“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” ― Albert Einstein
I love this quote. I have all kinds of readers from around the world of all age group. What matters here is how experienced are they in photography?
If I cannot explain the concepts in the simple words then it won’t serve the purpose. If I have to make it simple then I have to understand it thoroughly. When I write articles that are simple and easily digestible by you, you are happy (hopefully! 🙂 ). If I simplified it by understanding it thoroughly then I am happy (definitely! 🙂 ).
So…all in all, everyone is happy. How’s that?
I hope you enjoyed this article and got inspired to make everything simple. Do let me know your views.
Also mention any other quotes on simplicity that you like.