Keeping an Open Mind and Thinking on Your Feet
to pretend that the full visualization process I used to create the image of the lions that I described in less than two of this module is what I do for every picture I create would be disingenuous. Now it's true that for many of my images, it's my starting point. If I was to restrict myself to this technique alone, I'll be closing the door on spontaneity and creativity. And let's face it as photographers. That's not something we should do whenever I'm out with my camera, either for work or for fun. I'm always on the lookout for the candid moment, but here's the thing. What I found is probably because I've been doing this for many years. Even when I'm making snap decisions in photographing spontaneously, I go through exactly the same visual ization process. It's just that because I'm so familiar with it now I do it subconsciously. What I mean by that is before I press the shutter, I'm asking myself the question. What's the story? What is it I want to say here one of my feeling and what...
do I want to express? And it's from the answer to that question. I get the image. A simple way to practice visualization is when you're looking through the viewfinder on before you press the shutter, ask yourself the question. How would I caption this image if the only answer you can come up with is a common noun, a landscape, a beach, a seal, then stop. That's a record shot on. Let's be honest, the world doesn't really need any more of those. So let's play a quick game on the screen. I'm going to play a slide show. What I want you to do is come up with a caption for each of the images and take your time and pause a video if you need to. So how did you get on? You probably found with the 1st 4 images, it was pretty easy. The final image was probably a bit more of a struggle, but don't worry. It was meant to be because the last image was a snapshot, a record shot, and it was there to illustrate the point. Now, to show you how you can put this into practice in the next lesson, I'm gonna tell you about an amazing French woman I had dinner with or photographing orangutans in Borneo. No