Camera Position 65 : What Are You Lookin’ At? How do you Know?

Photography is about doing, but it’s also about thinking… looking, seeing, appreciating. It’s possible to learn more about photography just by doing it, but it’s a lot easier when you pay attention to how others do it. This episode of Camera Position discusses the ideas of connoisseurship; the art of how we come to know what’s good. Looking at, studying and collecting photographs that you love is a part of learning photography.

Marion Post-WolcottBiscuit lady, a member of Wilkins family making biscuits on corn-husking day, North Carolina, 1939

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7 thoughts on “Camera Position 65 : What Are You Lookin’ At? How do you Know?”

  1. Thanks for posting this podcast. I wish I could recall how I stumbled upon your site – I was all over the researching master photographers and eventually found myself here. I’ve favorited and look forward to checking out the other podcasts in the near future.

    This podcast in particular helped me come to terms with a conundrum that I’ve been dealing with for quite some time: how can I shoot original subjects if I continue researching the work of the past. You summed up quite eloquently how and why it’s important to embrace, rather than ignore, the works of masterful photographers here. So, thanks for that. 🙂

    Sean McNamara
    Medford, MA

  2. Jeff,

    I have arrived at Podcast 65 by going through the archives and listening from Podcast #1. I just want to thank you for the time it takes to create these podcasts. So much food for thought! Now, I am going to start on the History of Photography podcasts and eagerly await Podcast #66. My favorite podcasts were the ones on the rules of composition, how to create enhanced podcasts, the Zone System podcast, and the History of Nature Photography podcast.

    Please keep this excellent work coming. It is presented in a strong, but understated manner – as opposed to the radio-style loud podcasts. One can only hope that podcasting will move us away from the abrasive style of information delivery. Hopefully, the same is true of the videocasts on the Web that I believe will replace television.

  3. Hi, Laurie;

    Glad you found the podcast and are finding them useful.. posts like yours help keep me going!

    I’m glad you like the “tone,” too… I’m not a “shock-jock” sort of a guy!



  4. Hi Jeff,
    Recently entered the amazing world of photography and eager to learn everything!
    Through your podcast, I have learned a lot, you have inspired me and i’ve improved a lot.
    Keep them coming!
    Have a nice trip to Italy this year.

    I’m from Guatemala (pardon me if my english isn’t too good) , 37 years old

  5. Jeff, I’ve been catching up on your podcasts as I have been traveling quite a bit lately so I apologize for this being a bit behind. Another place I’ve found to purchase photographs for my collection is Art Festivals. As an example in the Fort Worth Texas area we have a Main Streets Art Festival every May. Usually the artists are not yet well known and their photographs are very reasonable. In my travels I always look for any Art Festival going on. They are a great place to also meet the artist and talk to him/her about their work.

    Thanks for your podcast, even though I’ve been listening since the first podcast you continue to inspire and motivate me.


  6. Hi, Maris;

    Thank you for your kind words!

    I’m glad to hear that the podcasts have been useful to you!

    Keep shooting and keep listening! (your English is great!)


  7. That is a *great* piece of advice, Don…. especially since you can talk to the artist and get a sense of who they are and what they are interested in.

    Thanks, too, for your continued support… it means a lot!


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