Hey there Nicholas! I've been curious, what kind of things you do in art school? what classes are you taking? has there been any class you didn't like? what do you think about art school in general?
We learn about art history, how to critique, skills and techniques, and how to be a professional artist. I have had some classes I didn’t enjoy (experimental sound class) but for the most part I’ve really enjoyed all my classes and professors. I think art school is extremely important. I understand that a lot of people who don’t go have strong feelings about it but I know if I didn’t go I would not have learned the amount of stuff I did. I believe if you are aware of what happened in the past and what’s happening now in the art world and take it upon yourself to understand why things were made then you will be a more successful artist.
So I'm fairly inexperienced with editing my own photos to the point where it looks like photo manipulation rather than fixing lighting and whatever, what are you tips you might have? If this even makes sense
Practice! If you want to get better at editing you have to do it all the time and click on every button to understand its function and how you can use it to make your vision come to life. Also, what helped me the most is my education in classical painting. It helped me apply the techniques I learned in my oil painting class to my photographs. Allowing me to blend my edits together, understand how color works, and how to light a subject properly so my edits look convincing.
What or how do you go about writing when you're taking photos? You say you're constantly writing, and I'm just curious how your photography process works.
I reflect on how I am feeling in my journal and sketch while I am writing. Another important factor in my creative process is spending long periods of solitude and allowing myself to look inward. I think the best art I have made has been a result of that.