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O?HET - The Scientific Method
I cannot believe I haven’t ever posted a blog about this- Its something I taught over 35 times when I taught at Alabama, and was the main technique I used to learn photography. We use it everyday, without thinking about it, yet when we need it most, we tend not to. It is the Scientific Method.
I use an Acronym to Teach the Scientific method it is: O?HET
?- A Question
H- Hypothesis (or educated guess)
A young woman wakes up, checks the weather, which is cold, but she wants to look good. (Observation) She asks herself the question- What will look good (?) looks in her closet and thinks, "I think this would look nice and also be warm" (H- Hypothesis, aka an educated guess) She quickly gets dressed and knocks on her room mates door and asks "Does this look good?" (Experiment)- Her roommate gives her some input and the young woman takes note. If she asks enough of her friends, she will have a conclusion, or Theory on whether or not this was a good selection of clothing according to the weather.
Photography is cool because every picture is an "observation", these observations often lead us to ask, why is this picture good or bad, we form a Hypothesis, and on we go. Digital photography has amazing ways to apply the scientific method. Digital photos have information recorded within the file, everything you need to know about the shooting conditions and settings. This means every photo is a mini- experiment, complete with data. Once you know the rules of what makes a good photograph, these Theories become arrows in your quiver.
This scientific method has nearly unlimited applications and it all starts with the ability to stop, look at and observe. All great inventions and discoveries were based on the ability to observe a phenomena- Use it to your advantage.