Photograph above taken at Splashes of Hope Castle in Long Island, NY with a Leica M240
Camera Gear - Why I Shoot With a Leica
Even though I rarely talk about camera gear, it's important to briefly discuss the topic for those that are just starting out in photography. As I have previously mentioned on this website and in many articles, the best camera in the world won't make you an artist, nor will it determine whether or not the photographs you take will be considered art.
Over the past 30 years, I've spent thousands of dollars on some of the best cameras and lenses ever made. And of course, like most other photographers, I can appreciate the interest in purchasing a beautiful piece of camera gear. But the reality is, mastering the art of composition is the most crucial aspect of becoming a respectable artist and any photographer that is willing to invest time in practicing the design techniques mentioned throughout this site will far exceed those that put too much emphasis on camera gear and image processing software.
With that said, if you're a photographer looking to purchase a new or used camera, I highly recommend Leica. Not only for the excellent craftsmanship but because the Leica lenses are superior to any other make or model of camera lens on the market. While I'm sure this statement might upset some Canon and Nikon user's, by no means is it meant to be derogatory. In the past, I've used Minolta, Canon, and Nikon cameras on many occasions. In fact, the first camera I ever owned was a Nikon FG-20. And while I think all of these cameras are excellent, there is no denying the quality of the Leica brand.
Currently, for all of my photography (personal and professional), I use the Leica M6 and M7 for film, and the Leica MP240 and M240 for digital. Photographers that have an interest in purchasing a Leica camera, I recommend KEH.com. I have been buying used camera gear from them for over 24 years, and have never been disappointed. For any questions about Leica cameras or lenses, please feel to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be more than happy to discuss my experience using the Leica brand.
A New Direction for Dynamic Symmetry Art
For those that have followed my website for several years, they will notice that I recently decided to stop promoting the Barnstone Studios products and Myrons’ methods of design.
While many reasons went into making this difficult decision, the dominant force behind this shift in direction for Dynamic Symmetry Art had to do with making the information on classical skill-based design easier to learn for the modern artist and photographer.
In the past, Myron Barnstone has claimed that it took him two years to adequately teach the golden section system of design. However, in my opinion, and after much research, I have discovered that the art of composition can be learned in a matter of days and weeks (not years) by using simpler approaches to presenting this information.
Therefore, with this in mind, Dynamic Symmetry Art will no longer teach the technique of overlapping root rectangles or any other complex approach to design that will prevent the artist and photographer from learning the information needed to produce a masterful body of work.
Dynamic Symmetry Art is a non-commercial, comprehensive skill-based art learning resource for the serious artist, photographer, and graphic designer that wants to learn the art of composition and improve their visual literacy skills. Unlike so many other art and photography websites that offer the same tips, tricks, and rules, dynamicsymmetryart.com is about separating fact from fiction, revealing the painter's secret geometry, and providing easy-to-apply design techniques for anyone that has a strong desire to create masterful work.
Dynamic Symmetry Art will not take any future questions about any of the information on this website. However, all of the material on this website will be available for free for a limited time. Additionally, all the information provided on this website is strictly intended to teach the artist and photographer more about the art of composition and should never be used for any commercial purpose.
This website does not take donations or have any commercial affiliations with any other company.