By Richard Bernabe – My Personal Approach to Creative Nature Photography.
Instead of instinctively grabbing the camera, ask yourself some fundamental questions: Why do I want to photograph this? What is drawing me to this scene? What emotion – specifically – is this scene eliciting from me and what ultimately do I want to communicate here? What elements within the scene are contributing to this emotional sensation I am feeling?
I stumbled across this post the other day. It was written over a year ago, but the advice is timeless. In super summary, it talks of left and right brain processing, and how we as photographers switch between the two, and the impact this has on our work.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I finally made the move from point-n-shoot to DSLR when my camera couldn’t capture what I wanted it to. In taking this step there was a WHOLE lotta learning to be done, and there are times were my photos have suffered as I’ve concentrated too much on the technicalities. Other times, I’ve been let down by not knowing enough technical stuff; forgetting how to set things on my camera, not thinking to change the ISO, all sorts. This post brings it all together in a way that really speaks to the part of me that’s always enjoyed just capturing the moment, and provides a guide to help me make the technical decisions through the creative spark, rather than leaving the creativity behind. I suspect it’s going to take some practise to get into the habit of thinking like this, but there are worse things to be practising, right?