Video games may make you a better photographer

Point-and-shoot or shoot-em-up

“It makes sense that photography would be a natural fit for video games. Over the last several console generations, controllers have been evolving to better accommodate first-person shooters: their twin joysticks enabling simultaneous movement and aiming and their shoulder buttons deliberately evoking triggers. Shooting a camera and shooting a gun—mechanically speaking—they’re not so different.” VideoGamesTeachPhotography2VideoGamesTeachPhotography

Finding the right video games to learn photography?

We all want to be better photographers…to be as good as we can be when those moments arrive. We study photos taken by famous photographers like Ansel Adams whose black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, and books — or Dorothy Lange who made her mark in photography during the Great Depression by taking some of the most moving and dramatic photos of people and conditions in that era.

Some of us think about taking courses, including many offered online.  We take our studies very seriously. And, if you’re like us here at dotPhoto, you probably would not even think of online video games when you think about improving your photographic skills.

Our writer seriously offers that possibility. With forward-looking schools beginning to use games to teach “soft skills,” he sees the hand eye co-ordination, the ability to focus, and the fundamentals of a good shot being similar in video games and real life photography.

Patrick Lee tells us…

“Woe to the medical student who plays Surgeon Simulator instead of studying and goes on to be sued for gross malpractice after accidentally sawing open a patient’s lungs. Rest in peace to the aspiring skater who, emboldened by Rob Dyrdek’s proclamation that playing Skate is equivalent to learning how to skateboard, jumps on a board for the first time and tragically breaks their spine in 11 places.

As far back as the ’80s, edutainment titles like Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? and Oregon Trail were teaching kids geography and history, and now forward-looking schools are beginning to use games like Minecraft to teach soft skills such as curiosity and communication. But we don’t often hear about games being used to teach technical skills or trades. Maybe that’s for a reason. If your house was burning down, would you trust a firefighter whose only training came from playing Super Mario Sunshine?”  Yet, at the same time, it makes sense that photography would be a natural fit for video games.”

See more of what Patrick proposes here:

Author: dotphoto

Glenn Paul is President and Co-Founder of dotPhoto, which began life in 2000 as a photo printing service and now also distributes user-generated media in Flash, video and on cell phones.

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