Visualization in photography

Visualization is an ability that we all have, learn here how to use it in your photography.

This evening shot is an example of visualization-on-the-fly

This beach shot is an example of pre-planning or maybe you might call it pre-visualization

To me, visualization is something common to all of us, and it’s partly our natural ability to recognise beauty in objects and in our surroundings

In photography it translates as that moment when you are walking around minding your own business, and you see something and say to yourself ‘I bet that would make a great photograph’

We all have those moments, whether we are photographers or not

This article explains how to harness this instinctive natural reaction, and apply it to creating great photographs, that draw the viewer in and makes them want to keep looking!

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8 tips for better photography – If it looks right, it is right

Part 8 of 8…..The only thing that matters about a photograph is that it looks the way you want it to look. How you get to that point is less important.

Your photography belongs to you.  If it looks right, then it is right

Photography is simple, really simple.

If it looks right, then it is right. Don’t let a histogram or a compositional rule tell you any different!

We don’t use graphs or histograms or this statistic or that statistic to tell how good a picture is.

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8 tips for better photography – Don’t be intimidated by other photographers

Part 7 of 8….Develop your photography at your own speed. Use other photography as inspiration but don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by it. With practice and an open mind anyone can create visually exciting photographs.

We are all on a learning curve, don't be intimidated by what others are doing, just relax and develop your photography at your own pace

Don't be intimidated by other photographers...

It’s easy for beginners or occasional photographers to look at the photography of accomplished photographs, and think that they will never achieve the same level as them.

But many of those accomplished photographers were also beginners just a few years ago. And the photography that you see is the photography that they want you to see.

If you could look at their rejects, or look at what they were producing when they first picked up a camera, you would feel much more confident about your own development as a photographer.

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8 tips for better photography – Create a series of photographs

Part 6 of 8….If you engage with an environment that you are photographing…then why use the photography to create a narrative of some kind by using a series of photographs…

A single image can be great visually, but together in a series of images they can represent something, they can tell a story

Single images should be strong and should stand out on their own, all brash and confident!

If you engage with an environment or the people in the environment and you are creating strong individual images, then going through the images there will be a range of different photos of differing strengths that could provide a narrative for a place or people.

But a series doesn’t have to have a deep and meaningful message. Whatever it becomes it should be personal to you.

Doing this will also help you think about your photography and give you more ideas for future projects.

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8 tips for better photography – Use techniques not rules

Part 5 of 8….Don’t straightjacket yourself with absolute rules…those so-called rules are just techniques. Use them – or not – as you see fit. They are your photos.

There are no rules in photography composition.  Lots of techniques.  But no rules.

There is no real problem in applying compositional rules as rules. But once you are more experienced you will improve your photography by working more intuitively

Eventually all those do’s and dont’s will not seem so set in stone any more

People often say something like ‘when can you break the rules’, but there are no rules to break. There are merely techniques to use or not to use depending on what you are trying to achieve with your photograph.

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8 tips for better photography – Use every trick in the book

Part 4 of 8…..Have a go at everything! Photography is fun and creative, and so be creative and see what happens….

Use every trick in the book...go on, have a go at HDR, or wet plate photography!

Moving on from good old-fashioned snobbery, but still related to that, is to embrace all forms of photography, post-processing, styles and genres. Have fun and experiment.

If something new comes out that catches your attention, there will always be people who roll their eyes back

I say don’t roll your eyes back…go and have a look, you won’t know if something is not for you unless you find out for yourself.

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8 tips for better photography – Don’t be a photography snob

Part 3 of 8…..Embrace everything photography, and keep an open mind. Have fun. That’s it, simple!….

Don't turn your nose up at software to assist your black and white conversions, sometimes you'll stumble across something that unexpectedly helps your photography

Don’t turn your nose up at software to assist your black and white conversions, sometimes you’ll stumble across something that unexpectedly helps your photography

How do you know that HDR is not for you? Ever tried it?

Do people really think that instagram turns you into a genius level pro? Or is that just snobbery from the photography community. Maybe those instagrammers are just…perhaps….enjoying themselves, maybe?

What about those ‘geak freaks’..? Are they money wasting fools who love themselves, or are they just enjoying their hobby?

You are an individual, and sometimes snobbery can get in the way of that.

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8 tips for better photography – Local knowledge and not local knowledge

Part 2 of 8…..There is no substitute in landscape photography for local knowledge, except of course when you have no local knowledge…..

I would never have planned to take this image.  Not spectacular enough.  So it was lucky I was just passing through

Many of my photos would never have been taken had I planned ahead. I mean, why would I wait until midday to take a photo of a country lane?

That’s why I love turning up without prior knowledge of a place and see where my photography skills take me.

It’s a nice alternative to pre-planning months in advance to get somewhere at dawn or dusk.

In-fact, it’s a handy strategy for filling in the time between dawn and dusk.

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8 tips for better photography

Part 1 of 8…..Photography is all about composition. No more no less….within that there are fixed and spontaneous compositions. Both require the same compositional skills.

Just a snap taken from wandering around a town for half an hour.

Pointing and shooting is a good way to tap into your inner photographer!

Photographing very quickly and spontaneously in a point and shooty kind of way helps to hone your compositional skills by forcing you to work fast.

Those skills can be incorporated into a much slower photography, where you know or have scouted a location and are waiting patiently for the right lighting conditions.

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Photographing the mundane

Photography is beautiful, and just because the photographic subject is made of gray concrete doesn’t make the photograph less beautiful!

Pre conceived landscape photography and the sweeping vista

Sometimes mundane things that most people ignore can make very nice photographs

One definition of mundane could be the things that you see everyday, the things that you usually just walk past. And then if you add concrete slabs or metal railings to the equation, everything gets even more mundane!

Compositional technique don’t change between urban and rural landscapes, these skills are transferable between photographic genres! So a concrete overpass on a freezing cold rainy day whilst waiting for a bus has just as much photographic potential as a beach scene at dawn in summer.

Creative and imaginative compositions of seemingly mundane objects and making them look beautiful in some way, is a great photographic challenge.

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