A successful photograph begins with the quality of the image. Some manipulation is always needed for the printed image to convey what your mind sees in the viewfinder. The editing process removes what is not needed. The artist’s selection of what to photograph, carefully framing the image, getting rid of distracting details, capturing the correct moment and perspective, being aware of the light and concentrating on what is visible in the viewfinder is what leads to a successful photograph.
I received a BFA from George Washington University. My learning is based on the Zone System in black and white done on a 4×5 sheet film camera in the mid 1970’s. I learned to process my own color film and prints before the digital age but have embraced the new printing technology. I currently use a Leica C camera.