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Sean Page

Most Important Aspect of Photography?

I recently heard a guy say that the most important aspect of photography is pushing the envelope - i.e., have the courage to put yourself out there in the public. Just curious as to what some other people might think?

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3/8/2007 6:42:57 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  With any artistic, or creative, endeavor, people should strive to stay out of ruts, not produce the same thing over and over - to be influenced by other people's work, but not fall into duplicating or copying too closely. So when you try to come up with your on idea, hook, or direction, you're pushing the envelope. Maybe a little, maybe a lot. It's been done in photography, music, painting, engineering, automotive and motorcycle design, etc.

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3/8/2007 6:55:24 PM

Stephanie M. Stevens   I would say he's probably right. All the technical and artistic ability in the world isn't going to help someone who isn't willing to go out on a limb for that one-in-a-million shot. Or pounce on the one-in-a-million business opportunity. Depends on how you want to look at the statement.

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3/8/2007 6:56:47 PM

W.    That's an opinion.

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3/9/2007 3:12:16 AM

Mike Rubin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/15/2004
  The point is to capture your vision of a subject - which may be different than how someone else sees the same scene.

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3/9/2007 3:45:08 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  It's much like a chef adds a dash of this and a pinch of that to an established recipe to make it their own, photographers are always looking for newer more creative ways to display common visions. For example, how many differing views of Yosemite's Half-Dome have we seen?
Pushing that envelope - or going out on "that limb" - really does pay off when you've created something truly unique.

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3/9/2007 4:30:03 AM

Jerry Frazier   Any profession, to really excel and be the best, requires that you push yourself, and use methods that may not have been used before.

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3/10/2007 5:42:26 AM

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