An old piece by legendary photo editor John Loengard rumbled into view on the Nieman Reports web site and it included this gem that I’d lost along the way:
Before I became a picture editor, I assumed that “good photographers” took “good pictures” because they had a special eye. What I found was that good photographers take good pictures because they take great pains to have good subjects in front of their cameras. (Reflect a moment on what cameras do, and this makes sense.)
As I start to wrestle with truly rebuilding my courses for the fall, that’s something I need to emphasize – the camera, it’s mechanical operation, isn’t as important as knowing what’s interesting to point it at.