Landscape Photography Workshops Lesson 02
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Pisa, Italy. Fine Art Landscape Photography Workshops by David Osborn Photography
What Is Previsualization
10. Visualize The Final Photograph
Photography previsualization is imagining the final photograph in your mind first, before touching the camera. Taking the photograph in your mind then factoring in the Photoshop transformations. Then ask: – Is it a good photograph? To help answer that – Imagine the image on exhibition in front of people who hate your work. What would they criticize you for? Is it an image you would be proud of and defend? If you like what you imagine, then start production.
11. Think First And Then Act Second
Too many photographers work the wrong way around – action first and think later. An unintelligent approach that will never produce quality! Previsualization forces you to do the reverse; stop, think, shoot. Transfer the questions you now ask while editing your images at home after the shoot, to being THE questions to ask while at the camera. Now you are working with intelligence, clarity of thought and not relying on luck. This combination creates quality photography.
12. Less Volume But Higher Quality
The importance of previsualization is to invest all your time and energy in one well thought out and beautifully crafted photograph, not hundreds of variations that get discarded later. A photograph is a creative project, not holiday snap. Taking the time to really think through the image; the idea, how to transform it in Photoshop and what assets you need to capture, will give you one image of pure quality. Quality is the foundation for your future recognition and rewards.
13. Work Systematically And Efficiently
Previsualization means we can deduce what assets we need to capture to create the print we imagine. We view the scene from two perspectives: Technical assets providing technical quality in the print and artistic assets the creative quality. Working with a system means nothing is forgotten and time is used efficiently by not taking photographs you do not need. Working with a clear plan of action, systematically and efficiently increases your chances of success.
14. Create A Clear Plan Of Action
We create two mental shopping lists and update those lists as we capture the digital assets. One list is assets we have captured, and one list is assets we still need to capture. Assets we have captured, we do not waste time on repeating. We invest all our remaining time on the assets not yet captured. When the ‘To Do’ list is complete, we have all the digital assets required to create the photograph we want. An easy and logical way of working that leaves nothing forgotten.
15. Research Increases Success
A good photograph starts before the location, research. Driving around, looking for a good photograph, is also a recipe for disaster. Use the internet to search for locations and view other people’s images. Google Earth is a brilliant research tool. Near the location look at post-cards and tour guides. On location use mobile phone apps to calculate the best time for the light and direction. The more we know and plan about the target, the better the chance of success.
Making Good Pictures
16. Pictures Have No Neutral Content
Everything in a photograph either works for the image or against the image; even the details have no neutral content. Compose with only relevant content that adds to your story, crop out all irrelevant content that detracts. Composition is visual ‘Jango’ – just before the story fails; the composition is too minimal by not having enough relevant content to convey your story, is the most efficient composition to communicate your idea with speed and clarity.
17. The Lead Actor And Theatre Stage
Creating photographs is like being director of a theatrical play. Directors take control, turn chaos into order. Nominate the lead actor, secondary actors, supporting cast and theatre backdrop so their roles are clear to the audience. With a photograph nominate your main subject as the hero lead actor, secondary subjects as the supporting cast, general landscape as the stage backdrop. Aim everything at making the hero the star, looking good, front, and center stage.
18. Optical Illusions Recreate Reality
Previsualization is also about understanding how the camera will change the tones it records so you can factor in and counteract those changes in Photoshop. One defect is the three-dimensional quality will be dulled down, even lost. The ability to captivate the viewer largely depends on our ability to create an optical illusion of a three-dimensional world; something we psychologically accept as reality. Look at the scene, could you make it look three-dimensional?
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