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Find a Needle in the Haystack

Lesson 12 from: Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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12. Find a Needle in the Haystack


Class Trailer

Your 10,001st Photograph


Camera Gear


Piece of Gear We Always Forget


Be a Storyteller


Finding Ideas For Photography - Know Your Subject


Cae Study - Why Are Zebras Black and White Striped


Photograph What You Love


See the Extraordinary in Ordinary Things


Lesson Info

Find a Needle in the Haystack

My photographic process starts by finding ideas for images, but I'm still not running. Pick up my camera, not just yet before I do that. There's another step, and that step is visualization. A picture in my mind How I imagine the image will look in print. I start by drawing a picture, sometimes mentally and occasionally on paper. When I have the picture, I add notes, taking into account things like, What's the best light, camera, position and angle? What equipment will I need? What would be the ideal weather and when is the best time of day or time of year even to get the shot? I think a lot about camera settings concentrating on lens aperture and shutter speed. So when the moment comes are not caught up in technique. Now I do appreciate this approach is time consuming and takes effort. But while there's no guarantee I'll get what I set out to get, the work I put in upfront does mean I give myself the very best chance of being in the right place at the right time, with the right gear o...

n the right settings, which is important because one thing you can guarantee When the moment does come, it'll pass by in the blink of an eye, searching for that once in a lifetime composition. That moment, when light and circumstance coincide a magic happens, is a little like looking for a needle in a haystack. What I've learned is, and this is the reason I put so much effort individualization in the first place. It's a lot easier to find a needle in a haystack when you know it's a needle you're looking for. No.

Ratings and Reviews

Edmund Cheung

Perhaps the style of presentation and simple, short, and direct messaging does not "jive" with some; but others may really love this. Yes the production of each episode is stylized and perhaps a bit formal (like a TV Show?), but there is something to be said about it. Perhaps this is not meant for professional photographers? I think of myself as decent amateur / high level photographer. I found lots of great nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from this. Especially when I an in a rut for creativity. Yes I have heard all these concepts and ideas before. BUT it is always great to hear and see a different way of presentation and voice. Please do NOT take the naysayer reviews as the end all. You should judge for yourself and watch a few episodes. If the style and content click for you, I would highly recommend this course.

Kai Atherton

While I am perhaps more advanced in my photography then this course. It is always great to be able to go back to fundamentals and remind ourselves of the basic principles, and even camera function. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and Chris's other. It is a great motivational jumpstart when lacking fresh creative idea's.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering the art of photography ) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

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