Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPhotography · 4 weeks ago

What is the difference between the technical skills and theoretical skills of Photography?

7 Answers

  • John P
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    That is almost a philosophical question.

    Possibly it should be worded as the difference between the technical and artistic skills of photography.

  • 4 weeks ago

    ones physical the other in mental

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    They can be one and the same.

    When you study it from a book or an article from the internet, it's theoretical. When you apply those techniques with the understanding of the underlying principles, you now have transformed your knowledge to technical skills or for a better word, practical skills.

    You can even reverse the order. Shoot and experiment. You'll notice different effects depending on the combination of settings and light. In this manner, you develop the technical skills first but eventually, if you understand what one setting does to the other, you gain a theoretical advantage. When that time comes, you get exactly what you were looking for with minimal trial and error.

    Theoretical, technical and even practical knowledge are all explained and governed by the same set of scientific facts. There's no difference apart from when you were achieving or applying that that skill. 

  • snafu
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    The technical skills/techniques can be covered by reading the manual to your camera as well as framing, composition, lighting, colour, texture and all the myriad of techniques and equipment bought to bear in making the image.  Putting meaning behind it is another matter.  Why photographers make an image, what is it’s message, how the image (all images) is read, decoded and interpreted.  “Susan Sontag On Photography” is a good place to start.  Impress your teacher by reading that.

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  • Alan
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    What is the difference between the technical skills and theoretic skills of Photography?

    I think the required technical skills and the theoretical skills of photography are intertwined.

    The skills needed to make photography your profession are wide-ranging based on what branch or branches you choose to work in.

    Photography is imaging:

    We are talking medical imagine which is X-ray and still camera and motion picture imaging. Sometimes you will image using light, sometimes Ultraviolet sometimes Infrared sometimes sound sometimes radio waves sometimes magnetics is the source of the radio waves. These take biological, pathological, electronics, and perhaps microscope skills.

    We are talking astronomical where we image via different wavelengths through telescopes and radio antenna.

    We are talking sports photography with a need to understand the game and the tools (camera & lens) best suited for this vocation.

    We are talking portrait photography which is an art form. For this you need people skills to get the needed expression and setting.

    We are talking illustration photography whereby images sell a product. This requires knowledge of the advertising industry.

    We are talking event photography – We are talking news photography – We are talking motion picture photography we are talking - The list goes on and on.

    Intertwined is the all the theory (knowledge) of how this media works with its cameras, lenses, imaging chips, computer editing, image displaying.

    Now you tell me which is which?

  • Technical is about f-stops, exposure, and the mechanics of taking pictures, theoretical would be about the art of taking pictures,  framing, subjects, color et al

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Technical is physical, for example how steady a photographer can hold a camera during a shot in low light.  Theoretical skills exist in the mind, meaning how well a photographer uses his/her mind to get the shot he/she needs. For example, how to get a person to relax and be himself/herself, such as engaging them in a conversation during the shoot that brings out that person's personality.

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