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Mastering the Art of Photography

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Firing The Creative Mind - Part 3: Detaching From Outcomes

Chris Weston

Mastering the Art of Photography

Chris Weston

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4. Firing The Creative Mind - Part 3: Detaching From Outcomes
Sometimes, we get so focussed on what we set out to photograph that we forget about everything else, which leads to missed opportunities. Often, the most successful photographs are the ones never anticipated. Chris reveals the benefits and practices of keeping an open mind.


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Firing The Creative Mind - Part 3: Detaching From Outcomes

you're probably wondering why we need a map. Well, the third aspect of mindfulness is detaching from the notion there's only one way to get where you want to go now imagine I want to drive from my home down here in Weymouth, up to my friend's house. Up here in Manchester. The quickest route is across to the motorway and then straight up. But let's say the motorways shut somewhere around Birmingham because of an accident. Well, I could take this detour, but that's going to add several hours to my journey because every other car held up on the motorway is taking it, too. In the end, I gave up and decided to go on a quieter day. I give up because in this example, I was attached to the idea of driving to Manchester. If I had detached from the driving, my mind would have opened up to the possibility of going by train or flying. A mindful traveler has a destination in mind, but they aren't attached to how they get there, and it's the same for mindful photographers. I always need a purpose to...

pick up my camera, but I am not attached to exactly how that purpose plays out. I might set out with a preconceived idea, but I keep my mind open to change. And because I'm open and fettered by habits and unattached to paradigms, the potential for creative outcome increases. Think about it in the film The Imitation Game, which tells the story of Bletchley Park's pioneering codebreakers during World War II, Alan Turing is seen battling with government ministers over spending money on his new idea. The government believed only humans were capable of breaking Germany's cipher codes during a brilliant mind himself. Thought the human mind incapable? What if only a machine can defeat another machine? He wasn't attached to the same way of doing things the government was eventually, his ingenuity one through and the computer was invented. Billion dollar businesses have gone to the wall because they were stuck in old ways. Unwilling to change. Woolworth's and Blockbuster video are obvious High street examples Polaroid and Kodak to more closer to our professional home. Their intransigence blocked creativity, the creativity they needed to change with the times. Look up creativity. It's defined as inventiveness, innovation, ingenuity, originality. And isn't that our goal to create original photographs? That's what the great photographers do. Nick Nichols, for example. When the industry believed wildlife had to be tack sharp, he broke the mold. He started using slow shutter speeds to inject a sense of movement into his wildlife images. Nick, detached from the belief that wildlife had to be depicted, touch up and he innovated. Now motion Blur is common in the genre and has even been used on the cover of Nat Geo. To sum up, mindfulness isn't an airy fairy philosophical here today, gone tomorrow. Fashion accessory. Bringing mindfulness to your photography will open the doors to creativity and self expression. And those two things more than any piece of equipment, will lift your photography to increasingly higher levels. Don't get stuck in the mantra, but that's why I've always done it as an exercise. Every time you go out with your camera, try something new. For example, if you're always shooting color, try shooting in black and white. Most cameras have a monochrome setting that will play the image back in black and white in camera to help you visualize it or shoot your favorite subject with the lens or focal length you never use. For example, If you we shoot landscape with a wide angle lens, try using a telephoto. If you shoot portraits with a telephoto, try using a wide angle lens and talking of people, and this one's for me as much as it is for you. Go meet a stranger and take their portrait. Or, if that's too daunting, go through the subject you wouldn't normally be interested in. Creativity is what you make out of what you don't know, So put your map away and take the road less traveled.

Class Description


  • See images with a creative eye.
  • Capture artistic photographs of the most popular subjects.
  • Choose the right lens and camera settings for the image you want to create.
  • Recognize and capture the “decisive moment”.
  • Add visual mood and emotion to your photographs.
  • Develop your own unique photographic style.
  • Find what inspires you and apply that inspiration to your image-making.
  • Fine-tune color, tone, and visual presence with easy-to-learn Adobe Lightroom adjustments.


Once you’ve mastered basic camera craft and photo-technique, what is the next step in advancing your photographic skillset? In this in-depth course, award-winner Chris Weston shares an approach to photography that has creativity at its heart, and reveals the secrets and professional techniques that will get you creating photographs that ‘sing’.

Taking you on a step-by-step journey, from vision to print, Chris shows you how to: tap into your natural creative instincts; ‘see’ much-photographed and everyday subjects with a unique vision; set a creative intention and get the camera to capture it authentically; and, with a few simple techniques, process superb print-ready photographs. Through ‘in-the-field’ examples and inspirational case studies, he reveals the nuances of composition that can make or break a photograph, and describes the creative tools that turn snapshots into stunning photographs good enough to adorn any wall.

Delivered in an easy-to-follow, down-to-earth style, using ‘real-life’ examples and ‘live’ tuition, this course builds on the practicalities of camera technique to equip you with the creativity and vision to see, capture and process compelling photographs time after time, whatever your camera or level of experience.


  • Beginners who want to create better photographs.
  • Intermediate photographers who want to refine their image-making and be more creative.
  • All photographers looking for inspiration and creativity.
  • Outdoor photographers interested in travel, landscape/cityscape, nature, sport, and wildlife photography.



I loved this course - in particular the latter part of it in which he demonstrated how post processing lets you really tell the story of the image. Another fabulous course. Thanks Chris & thanks Creative Live.

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 photographic composition and visual storytelling) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

Charles Ewing

Fantastic course. Great photographer, teacher and storyteller!